Sunday, March 11, 2012

Containment by Christian Cantrell - Review

Book cover art of Containment by Christian Cantrell Containment
by Christian Cantrell
Genres:Science Fiction, Dystopia

     As an attempt to save the human race from extinction, the Global Space Agency sets its sight on colonizing the solar system. Arik is born within the confines of the V1 colony on Venus. It is the only life he knows. His wife is pregnant and it is up to him to solve the problem of limited oxygen production so the colony can support another life form.

     I'm not normally a big science fiction fan but this book just grabbed my attention for some reason, and I'm glad that it did. As Arik investigates an anomaly he discovers while experimenting if the Venusian soil could sustain plant life, for every question answered, more are raised. The plot is fast-paced and hard to put down. So hard in fact that while staying in a casino hotel with friends, I found myself wishing that I had my Kindle with me. Of course, I don't have good enough luck to make gambling more fun for me than reading. As intuitive as I am, I did not guess the plot twist which left my jaw scraping the floor.

     I have a few criticisms. The plot flips back and forth between Arik's investigation before his mysterious accident which leaves him with partial amnesia, and his attempt to retrieve the memories that he has lost. The author doesn't distinguish between when the passages occurred and is confusing at first. But as you get into the story it does become fairly apparent. There were fairly frequent editing errors, but not overly annoying. While all the i's were dotted, t's crossed, and ends tied up; the conclusion seemed fairly abrupt.

     All in all this was an enjoyable read and I'm glad I included it in my February picks. But fair warning, it is no longer free.

I give it 4 star review graphic 4 stars!

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