The Reckoning by D.M. Taylor
Okay, holy moly. This is a book that may make your head spin in ways you never imagined. And that’s a good thing. Remember the first time you saw the film, Terminator, and how you were trying so desperately to make sense of the time travel thing? This is that, as they say, on steroids.
But here’s the thing, not only is this book imaginatively crafted with all the time-travel and science stuff… it’s also expertly written on an emotional level. Every moment of hesitation, every ethical question, every heartbeat of insistence, or pang of regret is transferred directly to the reader. To read this story is not just to imagine it, but to experience it, and believe that it is all possible. We don’t need to know the exact formula for the serum or understand the delicate processes of technology and data collection. This story is told in such a way that it is FELT to be real, we believe it all, easily.
Society has often shown us that science fiction often inspires actual science. This story is written in a way that lends a gentle air of concern for its potential in real life. Ms. Taylor has taken a “what if” opportunity and infused it with layers of possibility to pique a reader’s curiosity to the point… almost… of no return. The chapter breaks were in precisely the right places, and the narration was intelligently designed to give us a view of everything, from the inside out. The effect is exquisite.
At the end of the book, there are a few pages which tease the beginning of the next book in the series. I must admit, I did not read those pages. Why? Because I knew it would be impossible for me to simply read a small taste without having the entire dessert. This story requires full immersion. To delay gratification is simply a torture I will not force myself to endure.
Thank you, D.M. Taylor, for one of the best science fiction thrillers I’ve read in a very long time!
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