Thursday, April 18, 2013

Other Systems by Elizabeth Guizzetti: A Book Review

Other Systems by Elizabeth Guizzetti
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Book summary as seen on Goodreads:

Without an influx of human DNA, the utopian colony on Kipos has eleven generations before it reaches failure. With Earth over ninety light-years away. Time is short.

On the over-crowded Earth, many see opportunity in Kipos’s need. After medical, intelligence, and physiological testing, Abby and her younger siblings, Jin and Orchid, are offered transportation. Along with 750,000 other strong young immigrants, they leave the safety of their family with the expectation of good jobs and the opportunity for higher education. 

While these second-generation colonists travel to the new planet in stasis, the Kiposi, terrified that Earthlings will taint their paradise, pass a series of indenture and adoption laws in order to assimilate the savages. 

When Abby wakes up on Kipos, Jin cannot be found. Orchid is ripped from her arms as Abby is sold to a dull-eyed man with a sterilized wife. Indentured to breed, she is drugged and systematically coerced. To survive, Abby learns the differences in culture and language using the only thing that is truly hers on this new world: her analytical mind. To escape, she joins a planetary survey team where she will discover yet another way of life.

*Warning: contains adult content! Rape, mention of rape, profanity, suicide, and implied sex/relationships*

I haven’t read very many science fictions novels, but that is not to say that I don’t enjoy them. I honestly haven’t exposed myself to them until recently. When asked to read and give an honest review of this book, I was hesitant but open to the challenge of taking on a science fiction novel, one unlike any other I have ever read. Other Systems is a an extremely well-written and well thought out novel by Elizabeth Guizzetti. It spans not only years, but light years. You truly are in for the ride of a lifetime as you read this book. The attention to detail and the creativity in this book is astounding. The plot is unlike anything I have ever read before. It was refreshing and fascinating. However, I did find myself confused as it switched from one timeline to the next, but the more I read, the more I understood it. The character, Abby, is inspiring and one that I found myself caring for deeply. You want what is best for her and you hurt when she is hurting. Characters like that are some of my favorites, especially when you can make that emotional connection to them. 

I really did step out of my comfort zone with this book and I do not regret it. I have a newfound appreciation for the science fiction genre. I hope to read more from this author, Elizabeth Guizzetti. 

Overall, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Happy reading!
Heather

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