|Plot Summary of Visions of Eden|
Novel Books, 2003, 257 pp.
In 2564 humanity is barely alive with its reign almost through as the heinous mistreatments of the past has left earth a dying planet with everyone forced to reside there suffering from chronic ailments. On the other hand, the wealthy remain isolated living in luxury on Mars.
On his eighteenth birthday David C. Johnson dreams of Mars where his Aunt Gertrude is a mayor, but knows he will soon be a farmer like his dad on this post destruction orb. However, Gertrude has sent him a special present, a small spaceship for he and his sister Eva to journey to her planet. An accident occurs, but when the two siblings regain consciousness, they find themselves on an alien vessel that is part of the New Federation of Worlds, thousands of planets populated by several sentient races.
With no chance or desire to return home, David and Eva adapt to residing in Xenon City with a robot to help them adjust. David begins a successful career in the Stellar Fleet even as he falls in love, but is hurt when he realizes how she has used him. Over time, he serves honorably but he dreams of returning to earth with New Federation technology to undo centuries of harm.
The first tale of the “Earther's Biography” is an exciting outer space action adventure tale. The story is written in an episode like manner, which takes a slight adjustment, but actually adds to increased understanding of the marooned earthly pair. David is a strong star as his story amidst the New Federation unfolds leading to fans looking forward to more of his “journal”.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Visions of Eden|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Cultural problems, alien culture
- feelings of a human growing up among aliens
- fighter (air/space) pilot
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a futuristic society
- inhabited by friendly aliens
Planet outside solar system?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a moderate amount of scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
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