Future Prometheus (Emergence & Evolution) by J.M. Erickson

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Synopsis

It’s End of Days… With his men missing in action and the target of his black-op mission killed by his own men, Sargent Jose Melendez requests extraction from the jungles of Brazil. Prior leaving, he sees an entire city population wiped out by apparent violence by its own citizens against each other — no patterns or organization, just a free for all murderous rage. Upon arrival at a makeshift refugee, army fire-base, he learns that the majority of the male population has been affected by toxic steroid levels resulting in uncontrollable violent behaviors. With the human species at risk of extinction, his own past is the key to the future. Joining forces with Dr. Marcella Del Cruz, an experiment in long-term cryogenic sleep is in the final stages of testing. However, a several month cryogenic sleeps goes terribly wrong, leaving Melendez frozen in stasis on Ross Island, Antarctica, for more than 160 years. He awakens to a future where there are walled mega-states run by a militant matriarchies, with cybernetic life forms, artificial persons (AP’s) providing services to keep their civilization flourishing. While human horrors such as war, poverty, and disease of the “Pre-Fall” days are a thing of the past, there are other secrets just below the surface of this utopia. Wondering if he should return to stasis for the hope of a better future or death, Melendez finds that his duty as a soldier requires he takes action. With the help of his cybernetic rescuers, he formulates a plan that will not only change the course of future but will force humans to evolve and a new artificial sapience to emerge. Who’s left… Second Lieutenant Jose Melendez, USMC, awaits extraction from the jungles of Brazil as the world’s male population succumbs to toxic steroid levels that drives them to kill everything in their sight. Dr. Marcella Del Cruz, Chief Scientist, USAF, leads a classified mission on Ross Island, Antarctica that holds the key to humanity’s future.

Review by Angela

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into with this book. At first, it seemed like it was going to be a bit hard to get into because of some of the flashbacks that I wasn’t sure were flashbacks. But, I found myself getting sucked in and not wanting to stop reading the book. I enjoyed this story because it was different. The hero in this story is different too. He is autistic so his brain works differently and his thought process is affected by it. Which makes for an awesome story.  It’s not a typical dystopian or end of world story. I don’t think this synopsis does the book justice either. I feel like there is more to the story than just the mission that Jose is on. I would have liked some expansion on the sickness and the people that are immune and some more about the kids being cast out, but other than that, I really liked it. I need more though!!  If you like stories about the end of the world that aren’t all about zombies and the typical virus, then you will like this. I give it 4 books.

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