J.C. Gemmell
Indie Author
<i>The Visionary</i>  <i>Free e-book</i>
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The Visionary Free e-book

Reviewed By Gabrielle Olexa on Goodreads

A Lot Under the Surface

There are so many different levels to this book. A lot happens in so few pages. Maybe a little too much. We dabbled in an array of topics - family, religion, government, global warming, science, technology, the near and new future, just to name a few - but never really followed them all to their true depths. I felt there were many opportunities to go farther with some, but we stayed on their periphery - given glimpses of a much bigger picture. And the ones that were on the forefront, there was still so much I wanted to learn and understand because it was intriguing. It felt like a true possibility in my life. I guess what I’m trying to say is this could have easily have been a 400 - 600 page book if more time was spent on those moments. I would have read it.

In the way the world rebuilds itself, as computers and technology reclaim the world, I could see all of that in a Black Mirror episode.

I thought the title chapters were creative and did a good job showing the passage of time.

Tej, along with the other marks, gave the book a cool a sci-fi vibe.

Xin Yi was an interesting and complex character.

Overall, it was a good read, but I was left wanting.

Reviewed By Cym Aros on Amazon

I haven't finished this book yet, but I wanted to get a review in ASAP - this book (and the main character) is immediately, deceptively engaging. I haven't yet identified what it is about this particular 1st person writing style that drew me in so quickly...when I begin to figure that out, I'll update. There's a mood here that reminds me of Doris Lessing. The relatively-near-future world-building is excellent, vivid yet subtle and believable. Highly recommend.

BookLife Prize - 2021

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
This story offers a creative imagining of a future where global warming has not been alleviated. The story follows the protagonist over several decades and shows how the world changes and illustrates her part in the changes and growth.

Prose/Style: 8 out of 10
The author writes in a minimalistic manner which is easy to follow, but the book would benefit from more description, detail, and explanations.

Originality: 9 out of 10
This story is an original spin on a futuristic society. It does include elements and tropes that have been seen in other sci-fi texts but presents them in a novel and intriguing manner.

Character Development/Execution: 5 out of 10
Due to the brief descriptions and little dialogue, it is difficult to see growth in the protagonist aside from her aging. The conclusion presents a small idea that she has grown from eager to succeed and be the best, to paving her own unique path.

Overall: 7.75 out of 10

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