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Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite
Antipodes by T.S. Simons sees Campbell Mackintosh urged by his sister, Sorcha, to attend an information session regarding a virus that is threatening the global population. As Campbell fills out the questionnaires and undergoes a battery of tests, it becomes evident this is no ordinary session. He is selected to join an elite group of students within a “permanent geodesic dome” on a remote island. Although this means leaving his family, his mother is adamant Campbell ought to preserve their heritage. Encased within the controlled environment, the settlers attempt to rebuild society. Campbell develops a relationship with the beautiful Freyja, but, after she disappears, the others view him with suspicion. There is no visible way out of the dome but Campbell needs to solve the mystery.
Antipodes by T.S. Simons is hypothetical science-based fiction. I liked the way the relevant theories were worked out and supported by footnotes. I also appreciated the liberties taken with known technology to make the story speculative. The protagonist, Campbell, suffered from anxiety and experienced migraines, making him vulnerable and relatable. I was curious to see how the new community would develop and whether the disease would destroy the outer world. I was also curious as to where the author was going to take the social experiment aspect of the story. I was excited to find a few wild-card events thrown into the plot that allowed the main character to become an explorer and find his true place in the new world order. Antipodes by T.S. Simons will definitely interest the reader who likes dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction.