Should I give you a short description? I don’t think that’s the case, because the book’s synopsis is more than enough. Anyway, it’s not my style to tell you what happens in the book, and I don’t think that’s the purpose of a review. All that’s left for me to do is the recommendation to read it or not. I don’t usually write negative reviews and I prefer not to post at all if I didn’t like the book. So, if I’m writing these lines, you already know what my recommendation is. Yes, Division Zero is worth reading.
It’s a pleasant, attractive science fiction book a little bit different from the ones you are used to. A novel that succeeds to entwine more than one style, current and theme. Of course, we could only read it in the Cyberpunk current key. The twist of the virtual universe with the real and the spiritual one is wholly succeeded and controlled by the author. The world imagined in Division Zero is enhanced in such a way, that it becomes a live metauniverse, interesting and fascinating. It’s a world in which the barriers between the physical and psychical are broken, that, at first glance, may seem barren or dystopian, but that will let itself be discovered step by step, and will amaze you with every page you read. Even if, in the beginning, it starts like a ghost story, and later on it will lead you to a futuristic story with androids anxious for revenge, you must know that you won’t attend neither Ghostbusters, nor Blade Runner. The only resemblance you could find – at least I found it or imagined it – it’s the setting, the atmosphere in which the action is developing, that I saw similar to the one from Blade Runner the movie, not the book. Nothing more. It’s not a comical story, neither one in which the creation defies its Creator. You mustn’t search for facile explanations, but not for philosophical ones either. Just read the novel as it is and you will find that the subject is simple: the human condition. A science fiction novel in which you will find questions and maybe answers, it’s up to you, about our way to be. Evil, glutton, vengeful, but also kind, generous or ready to make the supreme sacrifice for another one of our own. A novel in which you will come face to face with the idea that’s tormenting us for millennia: is there something after death? Is there something more after it, or the end is equivalent to removing the power source of an electrical appliance? A dreamy place, a terrifying place, everything depends of our actions, or is it the absolute void? The author will offer you another alternative, even if you still can’t avoid the final judgment, not even here. Where, how and why, you will find out by yourselves, when reading the book.
Or, if you wish, you can read it as a crime novel with science fiction elements. The setting of the space and time is compulsory, the rest of the ideas are variables that each one of you can add or remove, based on the approach that you’ll have towards the book. An engaging, interesting, full of action novel that will intrigue you and you will read it with pleasure. The book presents a new approach of the science fiction genre and, I guarantee that it won’t disappoint you.
About the author:
Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.
Hobbies and Interests:
Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.
He is also fond of cats.
Awards: Prophet of the Badlands (excerpt) – Honorable Mention – Writers of the Future
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