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  • By Trevor Coote
    Oct 22, 2010
    This is an imaginitive science fiction drama about birth as destiny, swimming in the same waters as Kazio Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. A group of ruthless scientists set about finding a cure for a catastrophic plague that they were responsible for creating in the first place (with an extremely dubious political agenda). Project Einlösung (German for redemption) is their response, a project that requires the sacrifice of one individual to save the lives of millions. When Celia Morris loses her sister to ‘8-Apocalypse’ she sells her baby, named Drake, to the Greenshire Laboratory to be raised and his life to be terminated by injection on his 14th birthday. However, having realised that she has sold her soul as well as her son she devotes her life to recovering him from the clutches of the scientists and his inevitable fate. Because she has signed a contract and accepted a huge sum of money she is thwarted at every attempt by researchers who have become obsessed by their project. The... More > story races through the years and graphically describes the increasing desperation of both sides, with subplots and twists and plenty of melodrama. This is a work at once very mature for a young author but paradoxically the faults are due to a lack of maturity. The Destined works well as a fully packaged novel of around 70,000 words - fast, thoughtful and dramatic - but there are two fundamental problems. Firstly, the English is poor. I don’t like saying this because the author has tried very hard to present an intelligently written drama and some passages are very good but the grammar reads at times like a foreign translation. Use of prepositions is especially weak. The other problem is related. The author’s imagination needs harnessing. Two billion deaths are way too many - a third of humanity and 40 times the number of victims of the Second World War. In addition, an event resulting in millions of deaths would not be something that ‘I remember reading about’ nor would an individual responsible for such carnage be concerned about the effect on his career if it was found out that he was responsible. As a scientist myself I can see that this reflects a lack of experience and of research. In summary, the work needs the assistance of an experienced editor to go through the whole novel working with the author. From that a very fine novel will emerge. I hope this happens.< Less
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November 5, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.49 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
4.25 wide x 6.88 tall
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