Ahoy there me mateys! Many of me crew had been reviewing this one with high praise. So when the author offered me a review copy for perusal of course I wanted to experience what all the fuss was about.
This be a fairly short story at 133 pages. Yet those pages resonated beyond their size. The premise is that Captain Lincoln aboard the spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal is scheduled for death upon his 80th birthday – the tradition for everyone who reaches that age aboard the ship. And today is his last day . . .
Thus the reader follows along to witness what Captain Lincoln experiences that day and how he processes his emotions of his impending end And by the time ye come to that end, for this reader at least, I was sad to see him go.
And that was the true appeal of this work. It is short and yet compelling; poignant yet uplifting; it was worth the read. I found meself fascinated by the concepts of life aboard the ship (Arrrr!) where there is no disease and 80 is still youthful. As humans make their long way to Earth 2.0, how do they reconcile their past with the possibilities of the future?
This will offer ye glimpses of what humans’ future capacity could be. The only small gripes for me were the quotes, which while appropriate, were many and sometimes pulled me from the story and the artwork which was not to me taste. But the story was enjoyable and is one that I can recommend.
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So lastly . . .
Thank ye EXO Books!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
Captain Lincoln’s last day is the hardest day of his life.
An old, onetime Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln always knew that this day would come. For just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not a somber story. It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the most advanced civilization ever to exist—a society that has taken to the stars in an effort to save all that is best in humanity.
Follow Lincoln through his internal struggles, his joy in having lived, and his journey to peace.
The End is just the beginning.
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