Epivision, Vol. 2 by Matthew Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The afterworld never seemed this adventuresome. :) This second volume of the series has a lot of great things going for it. We've still got the patchwork recreation of the Earth and a great deal of the people who died on the original Earth, but ever since the cliffhanger in volume one, we've got truly major changes in this sector.
Let me back up. The world-building is rather unique. This is very much a heavy Science-Fiction universe, with nearly god-like aliens scooping up the dead from our world and recreating whole worlds for the dead to live on. The recreations are not usually perfect recreations. Cities from across the world could be mashed together in very interesting ways, and so the people who arrive there with new flesh and blood must adjust or perish to who knows where.
That's a lot of people.
Of course, all of that changes when the whole sector gets invaded by other aliens and everyone goes on the run.
All previous alliances based on law or affiliation take a back seat to plain survival in the face of imminent and overwhelming invasion.
This is neat. We got to know all these characters and appreciated their conflicts with each other, and being forced to band together is yet another way to mesh the world. This time, it's purely social and quite amusing.
No spoilers, but I can promise some really big events and a very satisfying end. I love this kind of creative vision. Authors who take big chances like this really need to be rewarded.
So go out there and read him, folks! :) It's worth it.
Thanks goes to the author for a copy of the novel for review! It was entirely my pleasure to read. :)
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