Genre: Science Fantasy
“Intent on eradicating religion in the name of scientific advancement and expanding out from their home planet, far-future humanity faces an unfathomable threat from the void beyond.
Meanwhile, Rohem, a solar-powered human originally used as a weapon against the dominant nation of Tabira, embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will reveal the secret behind humanity’s sudden forward leap in technology, as well as the danger of unchecked expansion.”
Science fiction is one of my favorite genres and this book did not disappoint! It also has features of fantasy that make it even more intriguing. The author has crafted a universe that is fresh, yet also relatable to our own. It is very easy to get drawn into.
We’re introduced into a world in which scientific advancement and religious belief are at war, but do they have to be? Is one side truly wrong or can these different viewpoints find a common ground for the betterment of everyone? These, I think, are the most pressing questions in the story and the way they are explored is enthralling. While religion is a major underlying (or overlying) aspect of the book, there is much more to be seen.
The various cultures all seem to bring something to the table in both positive and negative ways. You have the scientifically centered ones, the religious/spiritual based ones, and even one that seems to be advanced in their own right regardless of ‘primitive’ associations. I absolutely love how the author showcases the multiple mindsets and the effect on them from their opposing peers.
Correlations to the real world remaining, the story and the problems the characters face are quite unique. This includes the Lasha, a humanoid species that lives in a shifting cycle of being entirely male or entirely female, and the Onn beasts who are human by day, forced to roam the night as uncontrollable and malicious monsters. All the characters are well-developed, each with their own set of issues, desires, and doubts.
As a scientifically minded person who is extremely intrigued by spiritual beliefs, the religion presented in the story, how the different characters feel about it, and the eventual exploration of the validity and origins of that religion is enthralling. I definitely highly recommend Apex Five for any lovers of science fiction, fantasy, adventure, or theological/philosophical debate.
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~Sahreth ‘Baphy’ Bowden