People of the World
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When aliens abduct over three-quarters of Earth's population, the remaining humans are forced to cope with the changes to their beliefs and way of life. In the end, divine intervention is required to save humanity from extinction, but is it enough to save the universe?
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Nov 3, 2011I am a big fan of modern day fiction that sugar coats difficult subjects of religion, history, governance and propaganda. I did not know what to expect after reading the back cover because I am not particularly interested in reading about alien invasions and three fingered, bald super intelligent species. But that was my impression of the back cover. I liked the simplicity of title of ‘People of World’ and the feel of the book. Flicking through the pages, it looked undemanding, easy and clear. As an admirer of cleverly written ‘fiction with purpose’, I enjoyed the first few chapters and the short quick narrations of incidents about Brendan and Desiree, Lisa and Bart, and Mark. By now I was anticipating a surprise, philosophical, spiritual or scientific. And that anticipation was met, almost half-way, in the form of Jason’s notes. By now the author had my complete attention, and had successfully highlighted some key issues of modern times that we just take for granted. The dialogues... More > between characters and the progression of events was not 'alien' to present day media or discussions on dinner tables. So I commend 'People of the World' to record and substantiate the concerns and then suggest dramatic cures. I have mentioned this book and its theoratical spirit to many of my 'discussion-mates' and I strongly recommend this to be read if you are looking for practical answers with a spice of belief. By the look of the book and by the non-traditional themes, I consider the author to be communicating with the younger demographics of modern times. But then there is a need for better research to support some of the claims. I struggled to enjoy the speeches by the members of ‘POW’. I have two reasons to justify my struggle, one is repetition of ideas and the other is deficiency of concrete evidence to support any of the claims. Modern day literature dwells on the aphorism, ‘truth is stranger than fiction’. On several occasions, I felt the desire to research supporting facts via other mediums, which to me is an unwanted distraction. I utterly enjoyed the concepts of protective gadgets and marvel at the novelty of thought such an invention can bring. I also admire the way the author interweaves many different realms of realism and fantasy. The encounter with Aliens, the experiences of a pre-modern African youth, or the psychic connections of Oz; are all-powerful in their own right. All in all, it is a brave endeavour to highlight many socio-economic and belief systems. I am anxious about the impact of this novelty on a contented mind and the misinterpretation of this book, as being dismissive of all the development - be it in religion or in society. I would like to warn the readers of unsettled narrations, aliens and alien concepts and theoretical complexity. At the same time, I would welcome readers to have an opportunity to read about unchartered possibilities and frequent fellowship with the author on questions about creation, belief, inequality, injustice and many such common dilemmas of 21st century earthlings. An easy read with a touch of 'WOW' and 'OH thats what it is'.< Less
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- Shareef Ali Rashada (Standard Copyright License)
- September 4, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.28 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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