Falling From Trees

Author: Mike Fiorito

Publisher: Loyola College

Release Date: February 9, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Great collection of short stories that will make readers think about future!

Mike Fiorito crafts a series of short stories that contain both science fiction and speculative fiction.  Most of the science fiction stories are geared toward space travel, in one form or another, or with alien presence.  I like how the aliens in each of the stories are more altruistic than what they are usually presented as in books and/or movies. 

The stories with speculative fiction center around climate change and the future of our planet.  This trend has been increasing across the board as the genre seems to be leaving behind the traditional destruction dystopian stories for stories of weather impacts and how we as a race are going to manage those in the future.  I found myself thinking about these events as it seems all too realistic and what I would do if the world suddenly changed.  I think that is the mark of a good author when they are able to make you think beyond the story you are reading.

Some of the stories have some mild language, which makes this book more appropriate for older young adults forward.

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

The Future is Yours

Author: Dan Frey

Publisher: Del Rey Books

Release Date: February 9, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Mind bending and terrifying at the same time!

When two friends create a quantum computer that can access data one year into the future, their own future seems limitless.    This device will be able to tell you anything from sports scores to stock market tips to if you will live for the next year!  With a start-up on the rise and knowledge of what will happen, what could go wrong?  Ambition, greed, and jealousy, that’s what! 

This was an interesting approach for a futuristic quantum novel.  It is told through a series of emails, text messages, future articles, and transcripts from a Senate Exchange Committee hearing.  There is never any actual personal dialogue, but you just keep reading because you want to know what is going to happen next.  It’s a little weird in that you can never really gauge a visual representation of any of the characters.  Maybe a little from their backgrounds, but no descriptions are given throughout the book.  You can easily develop emotions for the characters based on their behavior through their correspondence.  Most readers will just loathe Ben by the end of the book, but he does have ambition.  I’m not a huge fan of Leila either, but I get she was just trying to save face in a bad situation.  I felt sorry for Adhi, but got frustrated with him at the same time.  I really want to comment on the story arc and concepts that Frey used, but I feel like I would be giving something away and want readers to discover this on their own!

If you like futuristic novels of the like of Blake Crouch and Andy Weir, this will likely fit right in your wheelhouse.  There is a lot of foul language throughout the book, so I would recommend it to mature readers.

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.