This dystopian sci-fi thriller novella follows Dr. Aldon Prandtel, formerly a leading mind in the field of biomechanics and currently a homeless drug addict, as he is called back to the world of innovative research by Stratton Biosystems, an ethically-challenged company with far too many ties to the various political parties of the North American Union government. (Not to say that futuristic governments are ever bad, right?...right?...anybody?) Anyway, they want to put some more microchips in his head and see what they can make of him. On all accounts, it’s a take on the limits and morals (or lack thereof) of human ambition.
Both main and secondary characters are well-established. The writing is simultaneously descriptive and subtle, creating the feeling that these characters are real people who have been shaped by their life experiences. People come and go from Aldon’s life, and I actually wonder what became of them much the same way Aldon does. (Especially that little girl living in the burnt out car… man, I still worry about her)
The writing style is masterful. The author has worked this story into a polished gem. Each and every sentence gives the reader a wealth of information as it carries the story naturally and comfortably onward. I can’t think of a single time when I felt the story or the descriptions were contrived. I was an instant admirer.
What more can I say about Ryan Link? I’m a fan and I’ll be picking up a copy of whatever he writes in the future. And you should, too.