Author: Zackery Alexander Humphreys
Publication date: January 24th, 2013
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Hundreds of years into the future mankind has gone under-ground to relocate to Epsilon; a beautiful city run by a strong, secretive government that keeps its citizens in check by subtle manipulation and strict schedules. No one questions the city's authority and no one is unhappy.
ALN-896, an average man who is just trying to live a normal life, begins to have dreams; something strange and rare in Epsilon. In his dreams a man named Harry dies. ALN-896 shrugs this off as if nothing has happened. It was only a dream. The next day, however, he is suddenly arrested and sent to prison for killing Harry. Now inside prison, ALN-896 begins to learn about what the government of Epsilon has been doing and he plans on escaping. Not only from prison, but from Epsilon. This one decision turns him against everything he has ever known and forces him to face against centuries of lies. To escape means to live, but what will it cost?
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Epsilon is a community with strict routines. Everyone falls asleep and wakes at one time. An allotted time to get dressed. Automated vehicles to drive you to and from your assigned work. Food is made at a voice command. Laws dictating what he does, to what he must do. Each day the same as the rest. And no one questions their existence.
Until the fateful day that ALN-896 rescues a woman from a fire. After performing this forbidden act he is plagued by odd dreams. He soon finds himself arrested for the murder of his co-worker.
This was actually a really nice read! I enjoyed reading about Epsilon and how the lives of the people are dictated such that they can't even talk about certain subjects.
I found it a little hard to remember the 3 letter 3 number names of the citizens. I'd started reading ALN as Alan and was glad to find he is named the same at prison :D .
The story gets a whole bucket load of interesting when Alan is convicted for murder. The atrocities and what he has to face, at the same time unsure of whether he could have committed such a ghastly crime? Murdering his friend and colleague?
So why the 3.5 and not a full on 4 quills? Because I found the ending left me hanging. I like that sometimes but I was a wee bit confused by the end as to what was happening really. So there you go!
All in all, an interesting read for Science Fiction and dystopia fans. You'll enjoy it.
Rating: 3.5 Quills
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