Reviewed by -- Rich M.
Book Review of -- Encounter: A comedy about escaping your cubicle... wherever you are in the Universe by Dermot Davis and H. Raven Rose
My overall star rating --- 5
About the book:
Two extraterrestrials transform the consciousness of a depressed male human and accidentally set up earth and humanity for total annihilation.
Just how far would you go to escape your cubicle?
Would you risk your life and break Intergalactic Federation laws to do so?
N and his clone N2 work in cubicles on a space station run by the intergalactic corporation, Zycorp. Along with other planetary interests, Zycorp holds the patent on human DNA. Similar to the way that humans experiment on animals, Zycorp experiments on humans... and has done so for a very long time.
There is an ongoing dispute among many alien races concerning such experimentation and the overall treatment of humans by their alien patent-registered owners. Whether humans have an evolved consciousness or not is hotly debated, especially as Zycorp now has plans to eradicate humanity entirely.
In an attempt to stave off boredom, our two bumbling cublicle workers interfere with a human subject (using a stolen technology that they don't understand). What they don't know is that their actions have major repercussions—not just for Zycorp— but for the entire galaxy and all life in the universe. You do not have to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy this romp through the known universe and beyond.
Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 27 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 9
-- Cover & title -- 9
-- Editing & formatting -- 9
* based on a 1-10 scale with: 1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*
The review --
Encounter, to me, is actually a very political and sociological tale, without pushing it, like a Jehovah's Witness at your front door. The simple message (at least to me) - A little enlightenment goes a long way.
A true sci-fi comedy! Genuinely funny, and it doesn't try to just copy Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's an excellent combination of a bunch of different subgenres of science fiction that the authors blend masterfully. It's also that rare beast of an indie sci-fi novel that's well-written, has good characterization, and, the biggie: Has been properly edited! Sci-fi, good editing, proper characters ... what's not to love?
The book leaves you wanting more, but the style and flair of the book also makes you completely satisfied. I'd be interested in seeing these characters again (N & N2), but I don't need to, if you understand what I mean. It was a very filling story. I think a lot of folks would enjoy this, even if they're not fans of the genre per se. Everyone's been stuck in some type of cubicle somewhere along the lines and would love to just do what they want to do with their jobs instead of their actual jobs.
Genre -- Science Fiction, Comedy
Age recommendations -- Any ages
Sex content rating -- None.
Violence rating -- None.
** The author's links **
Amazon author page