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Reviewed by Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers' Favorite
New Eden by Kishore Tipirneni is urban science fiction at its best. From the opening sentence when a professor of particle physics, Dr. Henry Bowman, declares quite brazenly, ‘Einstein was wrong,’ my imagination was captured. It’s not every day a scientist can say that about the godfather of modern physics. During his momentous demonstration proving information does indeed travel faster than the speed of light, Dr. Bowman keels over and expires in his triumphant moment. Five years later, Dr. Joshua Andrews, former student assistant to Dr. Bowman, is still trying to recreate Bowman’s Spookyon technology without success. When he finally succeeds in his experiment, the face of science and the world is about to change forever because, with Spookyon technology, the human race can now communicate across galaxies in a matter of moments. And when you talk someone is bound to answer.
This is by far one of the best alien sci-fi novels I’ve read so far. Kishore Tipirneni takes us on a wild ride based on a scientific fact. I really loved the way I found myself bamboozled by the twist this story takes using said science. New Eden is a story of discovery, romance, and religion. The two main characters, Josh and Rachel, are agnostic and Christian respectively. In another novel, they would have been at each other's throats trying to prove each other wrong, but the author deals with their differences in a holistic manner that forces the reader to think hard on their own beliefs. Kishore Tipirneni is not preaching; he just presents arguments that one can't help but ponder deeply. Fans of the Predator/Alien movie franchise where humans learn that they are the creations of a faraway race of aliens who may or may not be benevolent will love this series. I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out. New Eden can be read as a standalone without worrying about cliffhangers.