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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
A.J. Merino crafts a scenario where we see just how small humans might be in context to the entire universe in this science fiction genre Consider Man: Change the World. Grant Fredericks senses that he has been singled out for saving from an early age. Near-death experiences that were too near for his survival to be a coincidence and some more profound subconscious thoughts and dreams test his comprehension of the legitimacy of humanity. He forms a relationship with an alien that he names ET after the character in the famous movie. The conversations between ET and Grant have unpeeled the layers of human history and Grant specifically. The outcome seems too radical to believe but that does not make it untrue. The reality is that Grant's premonitions were not crazy, they were right.
Consider Man: Change the World returns to the philosophical roots of classic science fiction that have been set aside over time. A.J. Merino approaches storytelling methodically and with passive pacing so that a reader can learn so much about Grant that his singling out makes sense. Grant being looked up to by his younger brother Steve has bonded the brothers and got them through difficult childhoods, and in its way, gives Grant the strength to push aside losses that come later. He is an emotionally battered war veteran and the book addresses death from two unique perspectives. The first is in the discovery that time is not linear, and the second is that death itself is transitory, meaning that it has the potential to be changed. The scientific and philosophical explanations are complex and thoughtfully written so this book is not a fast read but it is a worthy one. Recommended.