Monday, January 18, 2016

Review by Coll! Future Winds by Kevin Laymon. 4.5 Coffee Cups!

Future Winds
By: Kevin Laymon
Genre: Science Fiction

Set in a science fiction setting with elements of twisted horror, Future Winds is a strange yet wondrous tale of species self-preservation and the all-out moral cost of survival. 

Forced to leave earth, humanity discovers a planet capable of supporting life and hatches an audacious plan that will warp them across the universe to settle and begin anew. 

There is a darkness that resides below the planet's surface, but with no option to turn back, humanity must find a way forward.

Review by Coll
My Rating: 4.5 Coffee Cups!

**I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

Science Fiction has always been one of my true loves when it comes to literature. Now mix in some horror, a genre that I hold so much affection for, well then you can pull me into a story instantly. That is what Future Winds did for me. Humans find Earth to be no longer habitable and are forced to spread out into the galaxy in search of a new home that can sustain life. Enter planet Flare, a planet with many key similarities to Earth, but also with many visible dangers such as high temperatures and brutal fire storms. What is important though is that Flare can sustain human life, and with the technological advances humankind has made the planet can be shaped to fit the needs of humans. What cannot be shaped and changed is that danger that already lurks deep down in the planet, a danger that humankind if about to meet face to face.

It is a common theme among sci-fi novels to have a story of humankind needing to colonize a new planet, but this book threw in so many twists and changes to that theme that the story told was unique. Whatever you go into this books expecting, I can promise you that it will not be what you get. I found myself constantly shocked and surprised by plot twists and the direction the story took, which made this book incredibly hard to put down. Future Winds is brutal, violent, smart, and exciting. It does not sugar coat the idea of relocating humankind to a new planet. Instead it introduces so much danger, so many mistakes, and shows the violence that can come about when a species decides to take over a planet with wanton disregard for its nature and the current inhabitants.

Future Winds involves many different characters and throughout the course of a chapter it will switch from the point of view of one character to another. I was impressed with how seamlessly Laymon did this and never once was I confused or thrown off by a character switch. This writing style introduced so many different views and it made it hard to see any main character as solely a good guy or a bad guy. The book gives not only narration and dialogue from a character but it also their thoughts, which are written in the book in italic text. This delivers an intimate glimpse into the minds of the characters and what they are thinking that they dare not say out loud.

The one thing I found myself wishing for in the book was a little more character development. I wanted to learn more about the cast of characters and what made them who they are. I love when I am able to have a deep connection with one or more individuals in a story and this was something that I felt was missing at times. There were also moments when I sensed a slight disconnect between the characters and their emotions, but in the long run that did not impact the story negatively for me. I looked at it as though the characters in the book had a job to do and were so focused on sustaining their world and their lives that there was not always time for sorrow or sentiment.

A characteristic we always expect from science fiction writing is an underlying lesson, and this is a point that Laymon definitely delivers on with Future Winds. It tackles political corruption, nepotism, division of classes, military atrocities, and the self-importance humankind tends to have towards itself. To me the book warned of the blight that we could face if we continue to make “progress” through war and if we do not learn to treat all beings and lifeforms with respect. Overall I really enjoyed this book. It shocked me, made me laugh, made me cringe, and forced me to think about the world around me and our possible future. If you are a science fiction fan, a horror fan, or someone who is looking for something different and shocking then definitely check out Future Winds.

“Nature cared not for imaginary borders. These were but lines drawn in the sand by man.”

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1 comment:

  1. I felt this way about Future Winds, too! I especially loved the interaction between Tyler and Aries, because not only was it interesting, but it really brought up a lot of questions with the underlying theme of FW.