Author: Dan Simmons
Type of Book: Paperback
Genre: Dystopian Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller
Length: 708 pages
Re-Release Date: July 2014
Original Release Date: 2011
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My response to reading this book is “Holy Moly”. Dan Simmons has quite the imagination and this fictional version of America’s future is truly frightening. What makes it so terrifying is it’s realism and potential for becoming fact rather than fiction. He has taken current events and foreseen a potential future. With the current focus on ISIS in the middle east this book becomes even more scarily plausible. Wow!
Not only is this book s commentary on where America could be headed, it is also an amazingly wonderfully written work of science fiction and a terrific mystery.
The character of Nick Bottom is so well realized that it is easy to picture him as a real person rather than just a character in a book. His grief over his wife’s death will draw readers in. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one can relate to his pain and to his wanting to retreat into the world of Flashback.
Flashback is a drug that allows the user to re-experience a moment (or moments) in their lives that they wish to revisit and relive. Who could resist the allure of being able to go back and live the happiest day (or days) of their lives over again?
FROM THE BACK COVER:
“Twenty years from now, the United States is in the midst of total collapse: economic, social and political. But most of the population doesn’t care – they’re addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to reexperience the best moments of their lives. After former detective Nick Bottom’s wife died in a car accident, he started going under the flash to be with her; now he’s an unemployed addict, estranged from his teenage son.”
“Nick may be a tortured soul, but he’s still a good cop, and when he’s hired to investigate the murder of a government advisor’s son, Nick becomes the one man who can change the course of an entire nation turning away from the future to live in the past.”
This book is the very definition of the word: THRILLER. Despite it’s length, this story never lags. There is non-stop action from start to finish.
Also, FLASHBACK will make you think! You will not be able to stop yourself from pondering the plausibility of this fictional future.
I absolutely LOVED this book. It is intelligently written, thoroughly engrossing and completely mind-boggling.
There are many facets to this story. There is the fictional drug “Flashback” along with the addiction aspect of the drug. There is an absorbing murder mystery. There is family drama. There is the drama and grief of a husband who has lost his wife and a son who has lost his mother. There is teen angst and the phenomenon of peer pressure. There are politics. There is warfare, both abroad and at home. There is prejudice and hatred, and much, much more.
Readers will not want to put this book down. Dan Simmons is a force to be reckoned with and even though this is the first novel of his that I have read, it will certainly not be the last.
I rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dan Simmons is the Hugo Award-winning author of Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion, and their sequels, Endymion and The Rise of Endymion. He has written the critically acclaimed suspense novels Darwin’s Blade and The Crook Factory, as well as other highly respected works, including Summer of Night and its sequel A Winter Haunting, Song of Kali, Carrion Comfort, and Worlds Enough & Time. He lives in Colorado.
For more information visit http://www.dansimmons.com
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