For this week I picked up a copy of Panoptemitry by Sarah Baethge. First, I’d like to apologize for the lack of a audio review this week due to technical difficulties. Have no fear, the audio will be back next week. 🙂
As you all know I’m a huge, I mean HUGE fan of science fiction so I had no problem reviewing this. The thing I love about Panoptemitry is the undertones of the age old struggle between science and religion. The priests of the Caytalan Church use prison planets to grow and harvest “sprites”, a substance that enables those with high quantities in their blood to communicate with one another and even a god named Caytal.
Science is represented by the galactic computer network S.Y.M.A.C. Using S.Y.M.A.C., humans learned to create artificial life or androids by studying the growing cells of their fellow man. A combination of biology and technology, the androids are designed with certain parameters to guide their interactions with humans, ie they won’t attack and can’t knowingly lie.
One android, Max, is sent to study ancient Cayatlan texts that result in the capture of his human controllers Ryan Mead and Emilija Lithuan by the Caytalan Church. The Caytalans inject Mead with their sprites while banishing Lithuan to a prison planet where she befriends a killer sent there to die.
Following Max’s rescue of the three of them, they’re confronted with the moral implications of their actions to one another as well as trying to determine whether they should trust the words of Caytal while the god attempt to use them to do his bidding.
Sounds exciting right? It is, but there were a couple of drawbacks. I never harp on editing or formatting, but there were times I was taken out of the story by a few glitches here and there. The story had such a great buildup that I expected more at the ending. This could just be me, but the ending seemed rushed as the loose ends were tied up faster than I would’ve liked.
If you’re like me and can’t get enough of sci-fi, then check it out. But read some of the free sample first to make sure it’s your cup of tea, so to speak.