A Life Worth The Fleeting Suns, Leon Huet
Tomas Lior – a rebel, a poet – wants to live forever and he knows how. He has a direct connection to the net through wetware implanted in his nervous system and is working to build an afterlife for himself, for his mother, for us all. But when a seemingly malevolent code finds its way into his mind, everything is threatened.
His journey to discover the truth of the code leads him across Europe, from London to the depths of Russia, aided by two members of the Secret Intelligence Service, as they race to stem a build up to war. As events unfold, Lior discovers truths about his mind and the origins of the code that have the potential to shake the very foundations of our civilisation and determine the future of our species.
Thrilling, thoughtful and staggering in its denouement, A Life Worth the Fleeting Suns will intrigue and captivate you until the very last page. If you could live forever, would you?
My Review: ★★★★★
Wow, what a great read. A Life Worth the Fleeting Suns is the only book I read in 2016 to get five stars.
The pacing is perfect, and the book evokes very real characters and a clear story. My only criticism is that the English feels different to what I'm used to. The obscure title is a good example. In the text, the author keeps using 'presently' to swap in from back story, writes *in the other hand* instead of *on the other hand*, talks about *primary numbers* instead of *prime numbers*, calls it *Fermi's paradox* instead of *the Fermi Paradox*, and fatally misspells *you're* on page 125.
Normally, these problems would have capped the rating at four stars, but the finale of the story blew me away. The implications were so significant, I had to upgrade my rating of the whole book. There are lots of plot twists throughout the book, but I doubt you will ever foresee the ending. It's absolutely brilliant.
A Life Worth the Fleeting Suns is written in a fast paced, Dan Brown style that makes it difficult to put down. It is primarily an action story, but the main reason I enjoyed it was for everything else it offered.
Lior's internal monologue is continuous throughout the story. He reminded me a lot of me with his cynicism and rejection of the status quo. In particular, Lior despises a meaningless status-driven society that others seem oblivious to. He is frustrated by the entrenchment of our social order, and asks existential questions.
His ideas are evenly counter-balanced by the world view of the co-star, Delphi, which prevents the book from turning into a rant. Delphi is possibly the only person he mas met who can match his depth of thought and offer satisfactory counter-arguments to his dark thoughts.
As well as having good philosophical tangents, the science in the book is all solid. The author hasn't invented any weird physics to short-cut problems in the plot-line. We're treated to a broad range of scientific ideas, from evolution and natural selection to physics and astronomy. As if that weren't enough, there's even a good splash of world politics and history.
But despite all the interesting philosophy and science, this is a very human story. It is the flaws of the human condition that set the whole conflict in motion, and it is human emotion that guide the character's decisions. The characters have real relationships, and real problems.
A Life Worth the Fleeting Suns achieves something that most artists dream of—it packages a deep sentiment in a form that can be digested by all of usA Life Worth The Fleeting Suns, Leon Huet