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Imagine waking up 14 centuries from now, only to discover that everything you know about the universe is wrong and you are nothing but a despised relic from the long-dead past.
Rome’s Revolution chronicles the story of Rei Bierak, a twenty-something male from the very near future. Rei, along with 542 other humans, is frozen and launched in the Ark II toward the stars with the hope of establishing a colony on a habitable world in the Tau Ceti system. During Rei’s long trip, modern civilization has collapsed, and society has reformed into a decidedly different model. The 24-chromosome mind-connected humans of the future called the Vuduri are efficient, indifferent, and emotionally deficient. The Vuduri have conquered faster-than-light travel and have established an outpost in the Pi3 Orionis system (also known as Tabit) to study why certain stars are disappearing. Awakening 1388 years in the future, Rei meets Rome, a beautiful half-breed Vuduri woman, who is eventually ostracized for consorting with him.
Together, Rei and Rome must fend off a hostile society, saboteurs, and technology indistinguishable from magic to fight forces from the incomprehensibly large to the infinitesimally small, all intent on destroying mankind. The fate of humanity, perhaps even life itself, hangs in the balance. The Vuduri cannot think outside of the box because they are the box.
Cinematic in scope, Rome’s Revolution offers romance, comedy, heart-pounding thrills, suspense, “legal” time travel, and meticulously researched hard science. It is a love story and a culture clash that celebrates the triumph of the individual over a mass-mind that thinks it is infallible.
If you are looking for some science in your science fiction, this book is for you.
Science Fiction Action and Adventure
If you like hard science fiction with plenty of action and adventure, this book is for you. Great world-building. Describes a fascinating new culture where people are all mind-connected and what that implies. It is really three inter-connected well-written novels. In the first, Rei and Rome fall in love and determine what is making the stars disappear. The second part takes place on the world of Deucado and Rome must do her best to stop a genocidal civil war. In the final piece, Rei and Rome and their son Aason must travel to Earth to confront the ultimate evil. The style is very accessible. Plenty of light touches throughout. There are some really great, non-human characters like OMCOM and MINIMCOM, the starship. The science has been well thought out but does not get in the way. I highly recommend this book.
Rome's Revolution is a masterpiece
Science fiction kind of naturally divides itself into the fantastical and the what-if-this-really-happened? This book definitely falls into the second category. It's a whole new universe with new species, new physics, new technology yet the author makes it seem this is how it really would be, if it happened.
At its heart, this is a love story. It's about a man and a woman who were born 14 centuries and 28 light years apart, yet they find each other and know right away they are soulmates. The fact is, the crises that assault them, the only way they could beat them is their unique blend of skill sets. Rei, the hero, knows our world and our failings. Rome, the heroine, knows the future but doesn't have a clue how to solve problems. At least at first. We literally see her "reborn" and grow into a mature and strong woman, able to take on all attackers. And there are plenty of them.
This book seems like it really is three novels in one. If it were ever made into a movie, it would definitely be three movies. The first concerns the end of the universe or at least, life itself. The second takes head-on the issue of genocide. The third part addresses a species than means to succeed mankind by literally engineering the humanity out of mankind and Rome is not about to stand for it.
If you want a stiff, hard scifi novel, this is the one for you. You will love the characters, the new universe and how these two lovers take on forces that would cause most to wither. I highly recommend it.