Review by KerryBeverley -- 30th Century: Escape

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Review by KerryBeverley -- 30th Century: Escape

Post by KerryBeverley » 29 Dec 2017, 08:52

[Following is a volunteer review of "30th Century: Escape" by Mark Kingston Levin.]
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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.

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Post by SPasciuti » 12 Jan 2018, 17:49

The convenience of the idenitity of the woman she was able to use kind of bothers me, since it makes it seem as though the author couldn't be bothered to spend 5-10 minutes coming up with a more reasonable explanation for how she manages to fit into the 21st century. Aside from that, I think the book sounds like it has a good premise, though from what you've said I completely understand your mixed feelings on the matter. This book definitely sounds like it needs to go through a few edits.

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Post by HouseOfAtticus » 13 Jan 2018, 00:43

I found some elements in this book problematic, but overall I agree with your review. Thank you for writing such a concise and beautiful review.

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Post by Fozia-Bajwa » 16 Sep 2018, 16:32

Captain Jennifer is the protagonist who is hero of secret society agents in the 30th century. Syndos is characterized by a race of genetically modified humans who consider the natural human beings as inferior generation and want to rub them from this world. Jennifer hero has a mission to enable naturals to virus the Syndos with a genetic code to save mankind from destruction caused by immorality of genetically modified humans (Syndos). Thanks for your great review.

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