I just finished reading Final Days by Gary Gibson.📚
In the near future, humans have found a wormhole technology and founded colonies in distant solar systems. To travel between colonies, you can use the wormholes linking them back to the moon, allowing for multi lightyear moving in mere hours.
But it also creates conflict as the colonies don’t have access to the wormhole tech effectively binding them back to Earth. Saul Dumont was stranded on Earth after a separatist group destroyed the wormhole to the Galileo colony, separating him from his wife and daughter. He is eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new space ship which, containing a new wormhole on board to arrive on Galileo in a few weeks when the book starts.
In a separate storyline, a team of explorers research old wormhole networks constructed by the Founders. And thereby travel into the future and finding a lifeless Earth and Moon. Only a single Human has survived: Mitchell Stone.
The book takes quite a while to start with its main plot. Initially, it reads more like a police investigation book as we follow two members of the ASI on an undercover mission on an ice planet. But in the end, everything links together.
This book contains time travel but in the right way. Not as the last possible solution to resolve the story as the author has written himself into a tight corner.
“You won’t walk away without helping me, because history already shows that you didn’t. If you had, I wouldn’t be here; but I am here; ergo you did help me.’ ‘You’re saying we don’t possess free will.”
The solution to time travel used in this book is quite lovely, especially as it does not use the Multiverse Theory and answers the question regarding free will. Usually, I don’t like stories, where time travel is used as a solution to all of you, ‘re problems, but this is not the case in this book. As the mode of time travel described here fixes the past. Meaning as soon as you have seen the future, it will happen.
I also enjoyed how the author describes the cars like they are a sentient being. I directly got the picture of a herd of vehicles grazing in the prairie.
“while his car sidled over to the grassy slope, there sucking up leaves and twigs and any other available biomass.”
I’m just not so sure how this really could work in reality. I imagine cities where all the small green spaces are eaten up by all the cars :-D And restless cars on the search for some more biomass.
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