This review is based on a complimentary book I received from EXO Books LLC, Publisher. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Last Day of Captain Lincoln by EXO Books
Genres: Science Fiction
Release Date: August 15, 2015
Publisher: EXO Books, LLC
Source: EXO Books LLC, Publisher
Purchase at: Amazon
Captain Lincoln's last day is the hardest day of his life.
An old, onetime Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln always knew that this day would come. For just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not a somber story. It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the most advanced civilization ever to exist—a society that has taken to the stars in an effort to save all that is best in humanity.
Follow Lincoln through his internal struggles, his joy in having lived, and his journey to peace.
The End is just the beginning.
I enjoyed this book! I was able to get my sci-fy geek on but there was also a deeper thematic significance that revolves around death. This is set in space aboard a ship that is run by the most advanced sentient supercomputer to have ever existed in their galaxy (oh hells yeah!!). The society set up on the ship is close to a utopian society. They exist on a nutritionally optimized vegetarian diet which they grow and harvest themselves. Which makes sense because who is going to take cattle or chickens in space, ha ha ha. The humans have real time medical monitoring and several pieces of implanted technology that allow them direct access to lots of neat features aboard the ship and with the ship. The humans have also had some genetic improvements but nothing outlandish.
Life aboard the ship is regulated, even the act of procreation. Every five years a number of babies are born (a regulated number) otherwise there is no procreation. Now that does not mean there is no sex, that is freely allowed and not regulated, everyone aboard the ship is sterilized so no accidents there. Which brings us to the theme of this book. With every generation born a generation must die. Which begs the question if you had a “death date” already known to you how would you live your last day? Would you be able to accept the inevitable?
This story follows Captain Lincoln through his last day. There is enough of a backstory given on how he felt about his upcoming death date so that you know where he is mentally and emotionally. The story is really more about a thematic pondering on the inevitability of death that the character is dealing with than character development. Through his final day we learn about how the human race came to be in space, how daily life is run, how the life span is structured, and what hope for the future that the human race has. It is brilliantly written!
The book does contain pictorial depictions of certain parts of the story and the pictures are anatomically correct, just as a heads up. I was not wowed by the pictures myself but I can appreciate what they represent. I do think that this story can appeal to a wide audience but I especially recommend this book to science fiction fans. Such a good read!
*Thank you to EXO Books for this complimentary copy of The Last Day of Captain Lincoln*