3 out of 4 stars
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30th Century: Escape is a Sci-Fi novel written by Mark Kingston Levin, which centers around the life of a young woman named Jennifer Hero, who is a soldier instructed to lead a mission back 300 years to save humankind by planting a virus, but has other plans in mind and ends up early in the 21st Century on a mission of her own making. She ends up sliding into the life and identity of a woman who, rather conveniently, had been missing for several years. This young woman had such a similar name (Jennifer Heros) that she was able to assume this identity, which came with friends, a home and a sizable bank account balance.
I would rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Some of the dialogue was very hard to get through, as Jennifer speaks English very "stiffly" as she tries to adjust to the colloquialisms of the 21st century; it made the text hard to get through at times. The people with whom she interacts all speak in a more comfortable manner, making it stand out even more that Jennifer speaks formally, overly-politely. The amount to which I can relate to a character is very important for determining how engaging a book is, and the manner in which she speaks makes it very difficult for me to relate to her as a main character.
Parts of the plot progressed very slowly, and I found myself wanting to skip pages to find something interesting in the plot -- other parts, however, were well-written and easy to follow, with good action sequences and good supporting character roles. I enjoyed the parts of the book in which she was on the island alone, and some of the interactions with Marty's crew, as well as the earthquake portion. However, much of the rest of the book seemed to drag on.
Over all, I had very mixed feelings about this book. I really wanted to like it, as I LOVE futuristic novels. Dystopian novels are some of my favorite books and they usually grab my attention and leave me wanting more when I'm finished. However, this one just progressed too slowly for me to enjoy it as much as I hoped that I would.
If you truly enjoy Science Fiction novels and don't mind some slow dialogue, this would be a good book, but if you enjoy lots of action or fast-paced plots, this isn't the book for you.
30th Century: Escape
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