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Reviewed by Nino Lobiladze for Readers' Favorite
A Dyson Sphere built around a star named Elnath, humankind's biggest technological achievement, becomes its biggest curse as the drones that constitute the sphere gain ability to self-replicate and turn against humans. Torn apart by a violent conflict, the world of Corina-189 is in grave danger. Lieutenant Hinds was only nineteen when he met Paige Lehman to save her life on a battlefield. Soon after, they participate in the daring plan of saving humankind from the Infinite Enemy with the help of the enormous cosmic fleet built by a brilliant engineer, Anirban Acharya. What fate awaits them and brave Commander Kelsey Cochran in the infinity of the cosmos? Departure by Philroy A. Hinds is an epic tale of the battle for the survival of humans with destiny against all odds.
Departure is a fast-paced and highly entertaining read. At the same time, I appreciated very much that Philroy A. Hinds touched on a burning theme of human responsibility regarding technology, for the drones starting to self-replicate is a human mistake. Also, Departure speaks about the other kind of responsibility - the one to fellow human beings in the face of enormous calamity that requires making difficult moral choices. Hinds shows with almost brutal honesty what comes after making such decisions. His descriptions of the cosmic prison are horrifying on an apocalyptic scale, giving Departure dark features of dystopia. Hinds reveals the social problems that arise in a closed society, making predictions. Departure is about friendship. Hinds and Lehman, like no one else, know that a real friendship requires big sacrifices. For me, their relationship is the centerpiece of this magnificent story. Also, I would like to praise the realism of the military scenes described in the book. I highly recommend Departure to fans of the sci-fi genre, military-themed novels, and character-driven stories.