Friday, September 14, 2018

Book Review of a Sci-fi - Extinction 6 by Hosein Kouros-Mehr

Extinction 6 is my second book by Hosein Kouros. His previous book "Project Bodi" was a completely different genre book for me. Based on the futuristic world the book was fictional self-help on Awakening of the subconscious mind. I was already accustomed to Hosein's writing style. So when I saw ARC of "Extinction 6" I didn't think twice. I simply added to my Kindle shelf. Frankly speaking, I haven't even checked the blurb of the book, while adding it.


Book Blurb
By mid century, Arctic oil drilling accelerates global warming and triggers famine and world war. A team of scientists launches Project Titan to reverse climate change and end fossil fuel addiction. Without a radical solution, humanity faces catastrophe.
Earth’s sixth mass extinction is underway. One hope remains.
Coming to the story part, surprisingly story still has 2 out of 3 main characters of Project Bodi. And yes again story shows Google's existence in the year 2066. Being an innovation savvy and leaders in AI google was surviving in the world full of uncertainty and wars. The developers of Google Smart VIssion Glass, Beth and Andrew were facing completely new challenges. Beth sensed 6th Mass Extinction (which we humans have brought to themselves mercilessly) was just a decade away. Human's addiction towards fossil fuels and gas had already impacted the world. Majority of the polar ice had melted and sea levels were increasing faster than ever. Though Human started colonizing mars the war on earth and space is taking the toll. The only option that Beth could see was clean energy, which she was hoping to generate through fusion (a technique used by Sun). But things were not as straight as last time. Beth and her team were up against war-mongers and profit-witted called Manos. He understood the only language called money. A shrewd businessman and political lobbyist wanted to take over Google and its culture.

Coming to good points
  • Author has maintained a similar narration style as of Project Bodi, which is easy to follow and to the point
  • The way the author has imagined the end of the world kind of situation. Flooded cities, damped infrastructures, food situation etc.
  • Sci-fi concepts around fusion and hope for the next part
  • Language usage is easy to 12+ to any age. 
Coming to points of improvements
  • With the harsh situation that he has mentioned, I don't think more than 25% of current people would survive. So numbers can be re-aligned.
  • The speed at which things happened. Price hikes or down and all gave an impression of simulation.
  • The climax was a way to fast. It could have been slowed down a little bit.
  • Apart from these found few technical glitches but discussing them here will give away spoilers.
Well for a hardcore sci-fi lover, these points are nothing but ignorable instances. Overall a wonderful fast-tracked sci-fi futuristic book.

Ratings
  1. Cover - 3.5/5
  2. Concept - 4/5
  3. Content - 4/5
  4. Overall - 4/5
The book can be found at Amazon India and Amazon USA
Reviews from other readers can be found at GoodReads
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