You might say that Henry Matthews is the luckiest man in the universe. By pure chance, in 2012, his head along with all his thoughts and memories were protected and preserved, allowing him to stay alive for 50,000 years.
• What does this future hold?
• Total peace?
• Long life?
• Enlightened Democracy? ....or something else.
50,000 years in the future
Henry Matthews is about to embark on a journey of great discovery.
What does this future think of him?
Since their own ancient record of human existence only goes back 35,000 years, trillions of people are startled to discover the existence of an unknown ancient history when Henry awakens.
However, some refuse to believe human history is older than 35,000 years, so that could only mean one thing. Henry Matthews must be something other than a human being. ….but what?
This novel also tries to establish relationships between 'ancient' and 'new' by comparing a few aspects of the different cultures and languages that you would expect to change over these vast periods of time: does the hero of the story manage to figure out what the new languages he encounters evolved from?
PART 1 - How Henry finds his way to 50,000 A.D. PART 2 - How he is discovered and what anxiety and/or thrills it causes in these future societies in both a political and spiritual way. PART 3 - Henry is revived and his relationship to this new era is exposed. PART 4 - Opps! sorry no spoilers (but you will be intrigued by what happens).
Great!, September 6, 2012
I loved this book!
I actually wish it was longer.
It was well written with lots of time taken to develop characters.
Couple of sad places but would get part two if the author writes another with the main character.
Five stars for keeping me interested, August 31, 2012
I decided to give this book 5 stars becuase it IS a very good story, just not what I was expecting. I have to admit I had this title in my wish list for quite a while and managed to snag it for free a few days ago, it was on top of my list to purchase, so I was delighted with the deal.. Now back to the review. There will be SPOILERS so beware!
Henry is a smart elderly man who knows the asteroid is coming, but does nothing to evacuate becuase he thinks it will miss.. he was wrong. After arguing with his live at home 32 year old son about what to do next, he remembers an old friend of his who is a doctor told him about a bomb shelter built below a hospital. So him and his son figure out where the hospital is and proceed to invite themselves to join the 20 or so folks who were actually supposed to be there.. As henry falls asleep he sees some bottles of chemicals on a shelf above him, then the next thing you know its 50,000 years in the future, and he is young again.
From there you meet various characters who are part of the story line and learn about them. I did have a hard time keeping them all straight in my head though, I think it was because the characters were introduced in a way that you were told who they are and what they do, not shown. I do like to build the world the author creates in my head, then go there for the time it takes to read the story. I found it hard to do so without enough description and details on the characters. Then again I have read stories by other authors that were so overly descriptive I wanted to pull out my hair.
A few things:
1: How the heck did Henry go from a bomb shelter to being frozen in outer space with his laptop and some of the chemicals from the bomb shelter? The book just doesn't explain anything about this.
2: I know if I went to sleep in a bomb shelter and woke up 50k years later I would probably have a good nervous breakdown, but Henry deals with it in a logical and calculated manner. He pulls himself together and figures out what is going on too easily and fits in perfectly.
3: Would have liked to get to know the princess better, she pops in and out of the story and we have little knowledge of what she is up to.
4: less telling, more showing. Lots of scenes in the book were just paragraph after paragraph of us being told what the characters were doing, without any dialog or any descriptions.
5: the book left off (I won't spoil that part) with lots of unfinished business.
Overall I gave this 5 stars, I did love the concept, characters and world that the author created. I just wish I could understand it better. I am hoping for a sequel!!
Fella gets rebiult for some stray DNA nad wakes up later, January 21, 2013
50,000 years later.
The premise is a great idea. Some lad has a bit of a long sleep then wakes up just in time to be the messiah or thereabouts in the future. The populace of the worlds are split between believers and non-believers and the discord stems from there, as well as haves/have nots.
A decent read, well developed characters. This book is about the interaction of the characters, the factions and the influence of those that hold power over them.