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Quick Summary of Anthem's Fall. Above a horrified New York City, genetics and ethics collide as the fallen emperor and a banished exile of the same herculean race ignite into battle over the city's rooftops. In the streets below, a brilliant young scientist has discovered a technology that can defeat them both, yet might be more terrible than either.
Set both in modern New York City and in the technologically sophisticated yet politically savage world of Anthem, Anthem's Fall unfurls into a plot where larger than life characters born with the prowess of gods are pitted against the shrewd brilliance of a familiar and unlikely heroine.
The young emperor Vengelis Epsilon narrowly escapes the reckoning of his empire at the hands of strange machines known as Felixes. The Felixes are identical in every respect to the godlike men of Vengelis's world save for their mechanical blue eyes. Feared to be indestructible, the wanton holocaust of the Felix appears inescapable. His family murdered and his empire maimed under a shadow of destruction, Vengelis pursues the pained final words of his dying mentor, and sets course for a remote and unchartered world--our world. The son of the man who created the Felixes, Gravitas Nerol has spent four years in lonely exile. His crime? When the Lord General of the Epsilon Army ordered the genocide of a vastly inferior race, Gravitas refused him. A warrior to his marrow, Gravitas has cast aside his former life and committed himself to the pursuit of knowledge. Kristen Jordan is a young and talented graduate student working on a cutting edge research team. Their wildly inventive new biotechnology, the Vatruvian cell, is the celebrated milestone of modern science. Yet Kristen remains uneasy about the capabilities of the inexplicable Vatruvian cell, and as their project develops, it begins to ring oddly familiar to the perilous technology of Vengelis's home.
Anthem's Fall offers a little bit of everything for science fiction fans. Anthem's Fall is a long book--but, faced paced action keeps the reader moving well throughout the novel. Dunn creates a host of fairly strong characters with varied personalities--and beliefs--all struggling with the consequences of scientific advances (and uses) of artificial intelligence and genetic engineering. While the science fiction portion of the novel is strong and detailed--the action and drama surrounding the science is just as strong.
Anthem's Fall is a bit predictable--but, is a great debut novel for Dunn's series. I missed the fact that this book was the first book of a series in its description. While much of the book is fairly predictable, Dunn does turn characters in unexpected directions at times--and it does end in a fairly steep cliffhanger. In spite of the predictability--and some drastic, character viewpoint shifting regarding the plots ethics--Anthem's Fall is a nice debut novel for Dunn's series. The characters' diversity and growth potential combined with Dunn's writing style bode well for future adventures.
Would I recommend Anthem's Fall by S.L. Dunn? Anthem's Fall is a bit long--but, was actually a rather quick read. The author provides a lot of detail and character development throughout the novel--but, does so in an easy to read fashion. As I said, the plot twists in Anthem's Fall are a little predictable--but, Dunn's varied characters offer an assortment of perspectives to the novel as they grow and develop. Overall, I enjoyed Anthem's Fall by S.L. Dunn and would recommend to sci-fi fans who enjoy the good vs. evil, ethical dilemmas presented by scientific research.
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About the Author:S.L. Dunn is the debut author of Anthem's Fall, a novel he wrote amid the wanderings of his mid twenties. He has written while living intermittently in St. John USVI, Boston, Maine and Seattle. Raised on big screen superhero movies and pop science fiction, he sought to create a novel that bridged a near-sci-fi thriller with a grand new fantasy. He currently resides in Seattle with his girlfriend Liz and their dog Lucy, and is hard at work completing the next book of the Anthem's Fall series.
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