The Pursuit of Time by William H. May (Book Review #125)

This review was written for Online Book Club.

“I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars.”

This book was an “OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day.”

This is a beautiful futuristic science fiction novel written by William H. May. The setting is in the year 2038. The world is dealing with global warming and medicine has vastly improved. People can now apply to have brain transplants to stay alive much longer. However, only the worthy are granted to take advantage of this discovery. The decision for getting admitted into this procedure is decided by the Tribunal. In their system, you can only be accepted if you are a hero.

John Axelton has two years to live. He wishes to apply for the transplant procedure in order to prolong his life. He is a hero as he saved the lives of a family fifty years ago. However, there is a problem, no one except the family knows about this. He hires a friend that used to be his student, as his lawyer to defend his case. Phil Douglas takes on the case and proceeds to find every possible way of winning this lawsuit.

The option of having the ability to live longer is a thrilling topic to write a story on. I found the concept that a Tribunal consisting of human beings making decisions on which life to save and which one to ignore, fascinating.

Do medicine and innovative discoveries create more problems in the future or does it save humanity and subsequently induce happiness in one’s life? Should we not embrace getting old and accept death when our time is up or should we make an application to live longer? These were topics embedded within the story, which I found appealing. It was very interesting to read about the relevance of the topic compared to the issues we have to deal with today.

I found the plot and the connectivity between the chapters of the book to be smooth and nicely laid out. The literary standard was in good standing, and the subject matter was novel. The only thing this story lacked was a lively casting crew. The focus was primarily on a very few selected characters which, did not broaden the tale as much. For this, I rate the book to be 3 out of 4 stars.

I recommend this book to any science fiction reader, futuristic lover and anyone that likes to read one something new.

Written by Jeyran Main

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