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    Something different- in a good way!

    First of all, I want to thank the author for sending me a paperback copy of this book for an honest review. It took me a long time to finish this book, but that was my fault, otherwise the review would have been posted a while ago. This book can be complicated for some ages, when I began reading the book, I found that some of the things explained I had just learned in my chemistry class. I felt insecure to read on because I was not sure if I would understand what was being discussed, but Ronald Hughes did an incredible job explaining everything I had trouble comprehending. As I read, I felt like I was the interviewer needing all the answers! Overall this book was amazing, it taught me many new things, and it really made me question life, and everything about it. This book honestly captured me, and took me into a world of possibilities and ideas that had never even bothered to cross my mind. I am a big fan of consipiracy theories, so it made the book even more amazing. There were only some part at which the book slowed down a bit, and I believe it could have been better if it were set much further into the future, but either way, this book was something different, and I recommend it. My rating 4.5 stars.
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    Dystopian Sci-Fi At Its Best!

    John Smith: Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars is dystopian science fiction at its best, portraying the disintegration of human society from the perspective of a reporter, Susan, who sets out to interview the last survivor to have known the 'Earth That Was' before it was broken into twelve continents and changed forever. What were the Microsoft Wars which caused such disruption? Apparently they were predicted by Mayan prophecy and as events are told to a reporter who gets so much more than she bargained, she decides to publish one John Smith's eyewitness report in its entirety - and is challenged by him to adjust her pat reporting style to more critical thinking in an approach that requires her to understand many underlying facets of the Wars and their outcome. What sets this saga apart from other dystopian productions is its specific, methodical focus not just on events of mass destruction, but how they came to pass. By including the social and political structures that ultimately contributed to disaster, John Smith becomes a study in frames of reference - and by using the give-and-take question/answer format of a reporter's interview, its characters, events and worlds come alive. While at times this format seems weighty and the reader might wish for a story that juxtaposes the format with the usual third-person narrative style, it ultimately proves a powerful device offering more depth than the traditional story line approach could have provided. What do Atlantis, rules of conduct, and Microsoft have in common? Read John Smith to find out: its thought-provoking insights linger in the mind long after the story is done - and that's truly the hallmark of a dystopian read that stands out from the crowd and eschews formula writing and pat predictability for a taste of something far more complex and richly satisfying.
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