Thursday, July 19, 2012
Thumbstick Reader: City at World's End
Shortly after finishing Halo: Glasslands, my mind was ready to take another adventure. Something new and of course something free. So I grabbed my Kindle Fire and jumped on manybooks.net. For those unaware, ManyBooks is a resource for many free ebooks, that have lost their copyrights, and are ow offered for free. You wont find the newest or best sellers here, but none the less, many great stories.
I scanned through the sci-fi archives and one intrigued me. City at World's End by Edmond Hamilton. I haven't read anything from this author before so I leaped in on this story just by reading its synopsis.
The story follows a small American town called Middletown, that gets hit not by an atomic bomb, but a mega super atomic bomb, and instead of being utterly destroyed in flash, the bomb separates the time continuum and propels the town (in its current state) to a time millions of years in the future with a dying, fading sun and a dying earth that is cold and desolate.
You follow John Kenniston, a scientist that works in Middletown, who tries to find a way to keep the town and citizens of Middletown alive on this barren planet.
I don't want to give anymore away cause this book definitely deserves your time. This story really does interest me because I live in a small town and could see my hometown's citizens being the same way.
What really amazes me is that this story was written in 1951 but is truly ahead of its time. This book also introduces us to a Chewbaca like character, that you cant help but think was the basis for George Lucas's Chewbaca.
If you a fan of the Fallout video games, or anything apocalyptic with a touch of Star War's. Grab this book. You can download it free to your mobile phone, kindle,nook or any ebook reader below.
City at World's End
Next up: Five Thousand Miles Underground by Roy Rockwood.
You can grab it here also if your interested in reading along, and want discuss it once I get done (I'm a slow reader). Till next time.