Friday, May 11, 2012

The Reclaimed book review

Book Review of The Reclaimed by Phil Stern

Book Synopsis:

What happens when a family man comes back from the dead to find his mistress married to someone else?

Death is never final in Greenville, a frontier community on a faraway planet. Every year the townspeople vote on who will be Reclaimed, granting them a new life following an untimely, fatal accident. Often the elections are divisive, pitting neighbor against neighbor, or even family members against one another.

But when Ned Polanski comes back from the dead to a gloating wife and tense rejection from his young love, the brutal emotional aftershocks threaten the town’s very survival.

Author Information:

Phil Stern is the author of both Contemporary and Science Fiction.
His debut novel, The Bull Years, was published in 2011. A hard-hitting commentary on both the frustrations and ultimate validation of modern-day life, The Bull Years follows the lives of four people throughout the late 80′s, 90′s, and into the 21st century, directly addressing the gradual alienation and disconnection often experienced during young adulthood.
I wanted to write about characters everyone could relate to,” Stern says. “We’ve all had our ups and downs. I think people sometimes feel everyone else has experienced more success than they have, or are more firmly grounded in our world than they could ever be. My hope is that everyone will recognize a little part of themselves in Steve, Sophia, Dave, and Brooke.”
Born in 1970 in Ossining, New York, Stern grew up with a love of all types of science fiction, including the works of Robert Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey, John Wyndham, Piers Anthony, and more.
Speculative fiction is so different today than it was back then,” Stern says. “I wanted to write stuff a bit more recognizable to fans of my generation. Science fiction should be about ideas and alternate worlds, strong characters and good stories.
Going into talk radio after attending SUNY Albany, Stern hosted regular shows in the New York City area, Albany, Utica, NY, and Greenville, NC. He later went into the advertising and sales industries.
Stern now lives in Florida, and is working on his next novel.

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Book Review:

This book reminded me somewhat of “The Lottery” only with the exact opposite outcome.  Imagine growing up with Earth as ancient history, almost mythical, in concept. Then, imagine having one day a year that you can bring back one loved one who passed in the last three years.  Having lost several loved ones, I’m not sure if I would bring them back.  As much as I would like to have them back, I’m not sure it would be a good thing.

This book explores that concept.  It is very interesting.  It’s a unique concept and exposes all those little secrets people have that others don’t know.  The story draws you in.  It wasn’t until halfway through the book that I even realized they were talking about a different planet.  Unique story and I really enjoyed the concept.

I give this 4 out of 5 clouds.

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