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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
Told from the perspective of Chris Brennan, a modern-day equivalent to Adam, he meets Camilla, his Eve. As they fall in love and begin their life journey together, events take a drastic turn when they enter a futuristic world filled with war and destruction. Checkpoint by Daniel Scuderi recounts a human's journey through life, examining the need to rule and battle for superiority, at the cost of nature and civilization's future. Chris is unsure of what situations are his reality and which are his dreams as he tries to survive what appears to be World War III. Chris is forced to look at events in history and question whether humanity has learned anything from past decisions of hatred and violence. Was this catastrophe he finds himself in inevitable? The biggest question has to be, 'What's a nice place like this doing around people like us?'
Checkpoint by Daniel Scuderi has an imaginative plot jam-packed with bizarre occurrences that not only entertain but educate the reader. Although this is a well-written piece of fiction, the subtle but powerful messages throughout read like a futuristic history book. The characters have well-defined values and personality traits and the conflict brings so much depth and interest to the story. The section which covered entering a concentration camp was chilling and very realistic because it relayed the emotions of the prisoners so well. However, this story is filled with golden nuggets of insight. Racism, unwillingness to live your authentic life, the existence of God and the afterlife are just some of the subjects covered. This story will make you gasp in horror at humanity's ignorance and arrogance at times. For me, this is the type of novel that has the ability to change how you see the world and treat those you share the planet with.