Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Prophecy - Gill James

Kaleem Malkendy is different--and, on Terrestra, different is no way to be.

Everything about Kaleem marks him out from the rest: the blond hair and dark skin, the humble cave where he lives and the fact that he doesn't know his father. He's used to unwelcome attention, but even so, he'd feel better if some strange old man didn't keep following him around.

Then the man introduces himself and begins to explain the Babel Prophecy--and everything in Kaleem's life changes forever.

Title: The Prophecy
Author: Gill James
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: The Red Telephone
My Rating: 3.5/5

This could be considered my first foray into the world of science fiction. I don't exactly know what to think about this book. I enjoyed it, but there were certain things that had me looking at the page funny, and re-reading certain passages. I really enjoyed the unique spin that James took with this story though pertaining to the "Tower of Babel".
I found the first part of the book flowed fluently through the chapters, but over the last third of the book I noticed that things became more sporadic. For instance, the one chapter would end off in one scene; and the next one would continue 3 weeks in the future, leaving the reader dangling. I found that seemed quite choppy, but then it evened out again later on. It was a bit confusing, but once you figured out what was going on you were set again.
I really enjoyed Kaleem's character, and I liked the mystery surrounding his parents, his birth, and his "occupation". The holoprogrammes were neat, and I loved how Kaleem (and we) were shown how other people lived on their respective planets. Learning what one "civilization" did as the norm was interesting, knowing that another one would have approached the matter or problem in an entirely different way. I found that the book was very easy to digest, but some of the inventions could have used a bit more fleshing out, instead of keeping the reader guessing as to what they were.
Overall, the book was enjoyable and I found that as I became more immersed in Kaleem's world, that I am left wondering what's going to happen next. I definitely will be picking up the next book in the trilogy when it comes out.

DISCLAIMER: This book was received free of charge in exchange for an honest review.


Trillian said...

I really enjoyed reading this book and I'm looking forward to the next in the series

Corrine said...

I'm glad you liked it! :)

elizabeth said...

Thanks for the review. I am not really into science fiction books, but I am glad you liked it.

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