The great catastrophe has occurred on Earth and the only salvation from the imminent destruction is to flee, i.e. for a select group of people to escape on a colossal spaceship, in order to ensure the survival of mankind. Centuries pass and for the new generations the Earth is only a distant tale, almost a myth. They come across a habitable planet, but a secretive sector on the ship has a slightly different plan. Through the thoughts of Callan Brenna, a rough and belligerent member of the Order, we learn that things are not as they seem…
The Call It Earth science fiction novel, by young and extremely talented Croatian author Ivan Lutz, is a genuine futuristic study of human nature and achievements. In an incredibly intelligent manner the author uses an exciting plot to raise the issue of the sense of civilization’s advancement and the solutions that progress brings. The meticulous development of the characters introduces us to the dramatic nature of the novel, and the incredible denouement leads us to lament that we have reached the end.
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"Call it Earth" is the English version of Ivan Lutz' sci-fi novel "Zovite ju Zemlja". Overall, I liked it.
What does "Call it Earth" offer to readers?
For starters, it's a straightforward novel-length story in a sea of literary sagas, where you have to wait for years and years and years for an author to finish telling his/hers story in 3, 4, 5, or more sequels. A singular novel is, frankly, a refreshment for people who'd like a quick fix of sci-fi, while not wanting to get involved in a whole new series of books. And even though "Call it Earth" carries the "Esper Book 1" label (so obviously this leaves potential for further stories), as a narrative it's perfectly self-contained.
The sci-fi tag here is not just for show; the novel actually features a healthy amount of science. Just enough to tickle your brains, but carefully gauged as to not to overload and fry them with "scientific mumbo-jumbo"...
Recently I made a comment on a some forum (after a "n-th" reading of Asimov's Foundation) "where are 200 pages great Sci-Fi books lost nowadays??" Don't know in this modern flood of 800pages tree killers in three, four, five... successions.
But stop, here you have a small gem, small in size - great in action!
It's classical hard SF with a well-known idea of generation ship but full of fresh ideas and very, very well written. Author is a professor of physics so "S" part of SF - science inside - is perfect, no crazy ideas or missing stuff (being an engineer I'm particularly sensitive for such things)
Story is dynamic, pace is great and I'm eager to see next one in a series.
Go, buy this low priced nice entertainment.
For me it's a full house of stars.
SF is not my favourite genre so I can' t compare this book with other books in the genre and I must confes that brevity of this book persuaded me to give it a chance and I didn't regret it. It's unecessary to give any details about plot, instead I heartily recommend it. I also hope there will be more reads like this available from the author.
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