Book Review: The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks by William F. Aicher
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: 5/5 stars
Summary: David Sparks wakes to find that he has no memories and is lost in a strange and dangerous world. As he struggles to find answers, he bounces between a dystopian world where nature slowly poisons humans and his normal life with a wife and kids. Caught between the Preservationist and the Progressives, David must choose who to trust and what to do. With more and more questions being exposed, can David figure out who and what he is before it’s too late?
So, disclaimer – I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review! And I am very glad that I did!
With well-built, complex characters and just the right amount of mystery, this book had me guessing right to the very end who should be trusted – if anyone. Thrusting readers into a world where the main character knows next to nothing is a difficult thing to do and Mr. Aicher does it masterfully, presenting just enough questions to keep the reader engaged.
The world-building is exceptional, the characters live within the world, rather than on it, and I would be very interested to see more fiction written in the future he’s created. Some of the little details were down-right disturbing (the wigglers, oh my goodness, still getting shivers) – in the best way possible, of course. The juxtaposition of a green world against the danger it poses to the humans is a refreshing change from the smog-filled, metal dystopian futures that are so common-place in science fiction. It’s a potential future that definitely strikes very close to home, and will make readers think about the world that we currently live in and the path that we might be on.
Mr. Aicher has a captivating writing style which stole me away and had me reading late into the night! I’m definitely looking forward to more from him. This is the type of book that will appeal to a wide variety of readers. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s looking for impossible to put down science fiction with just enough reality in it to send shivers up your spine.
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