Book Title: Faller
Author: Will McIntosh
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Star Rating: – Really good book!
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an un-biased review.
What a surprise this book was! I was initially attracted by the cover, but I knew nothing about the author. Shame on me! Mr. McIntosh is a celebrated author of many science fiction books and a Hugo Award winner! In my ignorance I almost passed this book up when I found it on Netgalley, as I said the picture and the premise drew me in.
A man wakes up on an island, floating in the sky. He and everyone around him are unable to remember even the most basic things about themselves. Their names, their family, their friends, or even how this happened is all a mystery to them. In his pocket, the man called Faller finds three items. A photo of himself with a lovely woman, a scrawled picture drawn in blood, and a child’s parachute soldier toy.
From there things get better and better. How did he end up there? Why does he have no memory? What do the items mean? I can’t even start to hint at the reasons because I would be sorry to let the cat out of the bag. This is an excellent book, full of twists and turns and adventure. It also has some very interesting things to say about the society we live in today. It touches on our struggle with finding clean energy sources and international conflicts over resources. It also reflects on the ethics surrounding biochemical weapons and human bio-engineering.
Don’t let the big words scare you. I’m often reluctant to start sci-fi books because I am not confident in my science skills. I am worried that my eyes will start to glaze over and roll into the back of my head while I’m reading a passage about really technical information. It couldn’t happen? It feels like it totally could! Mr. McIntosh does an excellent job of presenting complicated issues in a way that is easy to grasp.
It is a precarious book. It has a sense of danger. Please pick it up. You won’t be sorry. As for me, it is time to start looking into some of his older novels. It’s exciting when you find a new author to follow.
Song for this book: I Am Chemistry – Yeasayer