In the distant future, following a genetic cataclysm on Earth, humanity lives among the stars, welded together by a massive network of space-tearing gates. A sprawling political entity, Government, guides the burgeoning empire via complete control of the gate network – and all of the information flowing within – ostensibly to prevent biohacking. This ban on genetic modification is absolute. However, like all political systems, rules are not always followed. Deep at the end of a secluded Gate chain, on an isolated resort moon nestled within the shadow of a gas giant, a Government sanctioned biohacker named Xander Lillibridge is on the cusp of a discovery that will change the universe forever. Unbeknownst to Xander, his lab, hidden beneath the crust of the moon, is not as secure as he would like to believe, and some creations should never be set free…
A brief history:
I knew of Chris Kluwe more from his actions off the field than as his time as a punter for the NFL. He’s been a guest on several podcasts I listen to, I’ve had interactions with him on Twitter (@ChrisWarcraft). Because I think he’s an interesting person and I enjoy sci fi, when I found out he wrote a sci fi book, I was on board!
To be honest I don’t know much about Andrew Reiner, but after reading Prime I’ve had a few interactions with him and he seems like a nice guy.
I decided that this would be the 1st book I read in 2016. I also started a “Book Club” on Facebook to have people to discuss some of the books I was going to read in the coming year. Prime is also the first book to be retconned into the “Ultimate Reading Challenge” a couple of months later. It could fit in many of the categories on the list, but we chose the “Dystopian” since it fit.
You’ll have to bear with me, it’s been a couple months since I read the book, for me it was a quick read (a couple days)…
Rob breaks into the lab to set free Xander’s genetic creations so a group of rich trophy hunters can have some fun. Of course they bit off more than they could chew. The creatures wreak havoc across the resort killing guests and being hunted. (Picture Jurassic World when the dinosaurs are running amok in the park crossed with a Predator storyline, but the Predators are rich people with expensive toys; like a Mech, lots of top of the line hardware, a stimulant that increases speed to inhuman levels (he uses a sword)). It all escalates quite quickly.
I enjoyed the book with only one “real complaint”, something isn’t explained completely. Characters wear glARs (glasses of some kind that are never really explained what glARs means?). The violence was quite grand as far I’m concerened. I don’t really want to go into too much detail to avoid spoilers. I’m looking forward to the sequel “Splice” that is currently being worked on.
Do I recommend this book?:
I do, if you enjoy Sci fi set in a dystopian future where it’s “man vs environment vs man” then check it out.
You can get Prime on Amazon.