Today, I review Michael R. Fletcher’s Ghosts of Tomorrow, a super duper hotcake dystopic, cyberpunk, revenge-thriller, science fiction.
When Mr. Fletcher revealed the cover of Ghosts of Tomorrow, I was a goner. Then he was kind enough to offer an ARC. I waded through my TBR pile and finally reached this awesome possum goodness of everything that is cool and scary and touchy and helluva ride on brains after brains, oh sorry, characters after characters who are likable, rootable, and guaranteed satisfaction to the end.
Ghosts of Tomorrow has an impressive beginning (I am going to use a thesaurus today, need a lot of adjectives to cut down the curses). Right from the first line, I was hooked. That line has become one of my favorites.
God opened Archeidaei’s soul and poured in light and exquisite pleasure.
When I start thinking how God is going to work out the sci of the fi, this line happens.
God, dressed in a black tailored suit, stood before Archaidae, examining the boy.
These lines are a little taste of Fletcher’s writing.
A complex plot with a vast array of characters, some human, some not, the book is never tedious or slow. The tone shifts from light to dark to heavy to emotional and the pieces are woven with strong action. However, his pace or the suspense never falters. Not many books have a splendid idea. Those who do, often show a lack of skill in the narration. Mr. Fletcher has not only conceived and gestated a fascinating concept, but he has the power to tell a story.
Ghost, in Fletcher’s world, have a different form of existence. I had never thought the word creche could mean something inhuman.
Last year, I had read an article about parents thinking about induced autism to increase their children’s aptitude and intelligence. I hadn’t known about Ghosts then.
Fletcher has used a similar concept to such extent that he has shown us the future. Everybody should read this books, especially parents who are ambitious enough to forget that their children are human beings. They serve the life they have been given.
The large question of morality hangs on our head as we proceed with the story. But not for once does the author preach on his philosophy. He tells us a story and lets us decide what to make out of it.
The characters are introduced with a little background infused into their current status in such manner that backstory never pulls the pace of the narrative down. The actions scenes are violent and gory. The emotions run raw and deep.
88 is one of my favorite characters from the book. 88’s fixation on the cracks on the walls is a recurrent phenomenon and a heart-rending reference to her situation and background. Griffin, the anchor of the book, not only serves his purpose but makes you want to root for him. I loved Abdul. I wish he would kill someone for me. No, don’t get any ideas. I am not hiring an assassin, and he is not for hire.
Fletcher’s language hovers between dark humor and poignant, using the right style and sense at the right moment. He gives the reader enough freedom to feel. To understand each character and their actions.
The ending is beautiful. Another set of my favorite dialogs from the book are the last few lines which I can’t quote for you. Want to avoid spoilers.
I found the short epilog satisfying. It helped me put down the book and take a deep breath. The frenzied rush of Fletcher’s virtual left me too tired to adapt to reality.
All in all, this is a book everybody should read. If you like dystopic future where the good guys or ghosts gain the ultimate victory paying a hefty price, pick up this one.
Science fiction and fantasy fans are always looking for the classic good vs. evil, and weak vs. strong. We all enjoy tales of revenge, especially when a despotic power is at play. Read Ghosts of Tomorrow. You won’t regret it.
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