MS. NEVER, by Colin Dodds, Independent


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· What do we give away when we click “I AGREE” to the terms of service in our phones?
· Why are the billionaires squirrelling away all that money?
· Why do old photographs and songs refer to a history we can’t remember?
· Why do professional sports teams need new stadiums so often?
· And why is everyone so depressed?
These are just a few mysteries that Ms. Never – a new science-fiction novel by Colin Dodds – takes on (and possibly solves) in startling fashion.

Farya Navurian seems like an ordinary young woman trying to get ahead in the city while struggling with depression. But her depression is anything but ordinary – it has the power to destroy time and space. Growing up the moody daughter of a space-faring hero of The Greater Anointed Imperial Ohioan Commonwealth, Farya annihilated most of that world and its history, leaving behind the husk-like Buckeye State.
One day at a record swap, she meets Bryan, a divorced telecom CEO. More than record collecting, what they share is that they each carry a howling secret. Bryan’s business is a cover for a bigger operation that buys human souls and sells luxury afterlives using shady terms of service in mobile-phone contracts.
The two of them fall in love, and as they start a life together, their secrets back them into a corner where they have to come clean – and take drastic steps – to save themselves, and possibly reality itself.
Ms. Never is a distinctly 21st-century vision of consent, memory, and the ways we create and destroy the world every day.

Out November 1, 2019

470 Pages Approx.

MY THOUGHTS:

I received  this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is a self-published science fiction book. I enjoyed reading the premise so welcome the author’s sending me a copy of the book to read and review.

Complex wouldn’t begin to explain this book. There are many plots, some sub-plots hidden within plots and many sub sub-plots… The bottom line is that there are two characters to focus on, Bryan and Farya. However, what happens in the many sub-plots affects the outcome of the goals of both Bryan and Farya. I have to say, I found this book so intense and somewhat far-fetched I had trouble keeping track of everything.

I think some feel science fictions have to be so complicated and multi-versa in order to be considered as a science fiction. They should remember, like all books, there is a requirement of a feasible plot that generates a beginning, middle and end–the end wrapping up loose ends and offering closures and explanations regarding all twists and turns within the plot.

I found a lot of the changes Farya was responsible for because of ‘seizures’ that wiped out moments in time, changing affected elements accordingly interesting enough. However, the author thought to add a love interest, and that this love interest buys souls… and somewhere in there, there’s a cell phone connection…  Soul buying, and living life in the after-life by ruling planets created by soul-stealers… As if one plot wouldn’t being satisfying enough, the author throws in multiple story-lines, plus little ones in between to do what? Throw the reader off? As far as I know, this is not what science fiction should be about…

Is this going to be the new norm of science fiction? I hope not.

I accept in all genres there’s sub-plots along with the main plot story-line often offered to keep the story going, build tension and create conflict. This is all good. But I suffered jarring whiplash keeping up with all the new changes and different directions this book went that I really lost interest. That is a shame. I so wanted to support this book and other reviews seem to do just that. Perhaps, this is above my level of understanding and I need to stand up so it doesn’t blow over my head.

Perhaps, this ‘type’ of science fiction, is simply not my type. All I can tell you is to pick up the book and read it for yourself. In all my fifty years of reading science fiction, there’s been nothing like it that I’ve read and I’ve read… A LOT! This may actually be a good thing.

Maybe that’s the point of this book. It could be a whole new aspect of science fiction that has not been written before. Who knows.  I’m afraid, it just wasn’t something I enjoyed.

I gave the book:

3-stars

 

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