The Cassini Division

Fiction - Science Fiction
401 Pages
Reviewed on 06/26/2020
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Author Biography

Joseph W. Hudgens is a graduate of the Honors Program in English at the University of Memphis. He is retired after a 32 year career at UPS, where he had assignments in Memphis, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and throughout Latin America. The inspiration for Saturn: the Cassini Division came from his reading about space exploration in general, and the Voyager and Cassini-Huygens missions in particular. He also has a strong interest in the historical figures who have advanced scientific understanding of the heavens over the centuries.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Saturn: The Cassini Division is a work of fiction in the science fiction and action/adventure sub-genres and was penned by author Joseph W. Hudgens. Written for adult audiences due to some mild references to sex and infrequent usage of adult language, this complex and engaging work takes science fiction in a fascinating and thought-provoking new direction. In a far-flung future, we find ourselves with successful protagonist Victor J. Lugo, whose efforts in the world of stem-cell farming and working with the human gene have taken him far. But as his sudden rise to fame is halted by a dangerous finger of blame, we follow Lugo on a nail-biting adventure of intrigue and thrills to discover the source of the problem before it ruins his life.

Author Joseph W. Hudgens has created a conceptually rich science fiction adventure tale that takes elements of thriller and corporate mystery into its complex and rewarding plotline. The beats of the story are well spaced and exceedingly well planned to give both Victor and ourselves the chance to piece elements together without being spoon-fed, which results in a sophisticated and adult feel to the tale overall. I also enjoyed the overarching theme of the consequences of growing human body parts and interfering with the human gene and stem cells, which is presented in a fascinating way that shows both sides of the coin. Overall, Saturn: The Cassini Division is an intriguing work that shows plenty of sophistication and will be sure to please casual and hard core science fiction readers alike.

Sherri Fulmer Moorer

It's more than three thousand years in the future, and humanity has achieved two impossible tasks: spreading throughout the solar system and immortality. Victor J. Lugo, the owner and CEO of the solar system's second largest human gene and stem cell farming company, has successfully built up his grandfather's business and secured a great contract with the military to replace human parts. He's on track to become part of the "one percent" with visions of luxury for himself and his wife when the impossible happens: three hundred soldiers die after organ replacement from a mysterious pathogen that seems untraceable. Victor finds himself scrambling to keep the business running and profitable while investigating this mystery. Suddenly, secrets are revealed and everybody is a suspect, from his former business rival, to his robotic and holographic assistants, and even to his wife. Saturn: The Cassini Division by Joseph W. Hudgens is a sci-fi thriller full of surprises, twists, and turns that will keep you reading to the last page and wanting more.

Saturn: The Cassini Division is one of the best sci-fi thrillers I've read. Joseph W. Hudgens is a master at building this world and immerses readers in a future that truly qualifies as visionary fiction. It's a compelling mystery that mixes our current hopes and dreams with our fears for the future in a realistic fashion. I especially like how he hasn't gone completely dystopian but offers realistic glimpses of human potential and failures in his vision of the future. The characters are believable, likable (or not) and much like real people you encounter in the business, government, and academic realms even today. Plus, it's just a great book. The only thing that stopped me reading was necessity! This is a wonderful story that I highly recommend to lovers of visionary fiction, science fiction, and action/adventure. Outstanding book!

Rabia Tanveer

Saturn: The Cassini Division by Joseph W. Hudgens is a science fiction novel where humans have cracked the code for staying young and alive forever. Victor Lugo is a man at the top of his game. He is the CEO of a successful company that grows human body parts with the military as his biggest client. Lugo is just a smidgen away from becoming part of the elite living on Saturn, but his dreams suddenly come to a crashing halt. Three hundred soldiers have passed away and all of them had one thing in common: they all had organ replacements from Lugo’s company. Lugo is sure someone is out to get him and destroy his business. Desperate to find out what really happened, Lugo is now in a race against time to figure out who it was and why they did it. With wife Isabella and his trusty android by his side, Lugo will fight for his dreams and his future.

The world-building was incredibly well-done in Saturn: The Cassini Division by Joseph W. Hudgens. The description of Saturn and the life that Lugo and his wife had made there was believable and realistic (which is something I really appreciated). Science fiction novels have a tendency of being too out of the box, which makes them unbelievable and unrelatable. This wasn’t the case with Saturn. The author added normalcy to the lives of his characters; he gave Victor Lugo and Isabella a normal husband-wife relationship while also making sure to add suspense and mystery to the story. The pace was fast enough to keep the reader focused yet it did not rush anything. I was desperate to know what really happened in his company. Lugo is a fine man; he is a go-getter and he knew only he could help himself in this situation. This is a brilliant story, really interesting and entertaining!

Romuald Dzemo

Saturn: The Cassini Division by Joseph W. Hudgens is a great read for fans of science fiction, a story with a setting that is very imaginative. The setting is thousands of years in the future and the population lives in the solar system, supported by advanced technology. Our protagonist is a businessman whose dream is to be among the solar system’s richest men. As CEO of one of the largest companies involved in human gene and stem-cell farming, Victor J. Lugo believes he can achieve the kind of luxury lifestyle that demands respect. But a tragedy is about to bring him to his knees. The military, which is his largest customer, has just suffered a huge loss. Many of the deaths of wounded soldiers are linked to the replacements of flawed organs from his company. Someone is messing with Lugo and this could be the end of him. But can his wife, Isabella, the microbiologist even help?

Saturn: The Cassini Division by Joseph W. Hudgens is fast-paced and beautifully written and I enjoyed the author’s writing. The quest for immortality accompanies the advancement of science, which makes the affluent and those who can afford it believe they can outwit death. The characters are strong and I enjoyed how the author writes about character motivation. Lugo is a driven man who will do anything to be within the elite class, but misfortune seems to stalk him too, or his competition. I wanted to see him succeed. The conflict is well handled, the point points are strong and neatly tied together, and the themes are progressive. Overall, it is an enjoyable read.

Douglas C Fricke

With the way things have changed in the last hundred years, it’s hard for me to imagine what life will be like in several thousand years from now, but I’ll bet the Sun will still shine on the rings of Saturn. Let the wild imagination of sci-fi author Joseph W. Hudgens take you there with a MindPass deep into the thoughts of old Victor J. Lugo, the successful CEO of a company that makes replacement parts for the human anatomy. The story is well-written with lots of unexpected twists and turns.
Do you think the TSA security checks at the airport are an invasion of privacy? Just wait till we populate the rings of Saturn where even our personal history and past thoughts will be open for interrogation at every Justice Post.
Throughout the narrative, the non-binary, gender-neutral characters are consistently referred to with the pronouns they, their, and them which caught me off guard in the opening chapter. The new language construct seems to be catching on. Here in our household, thanks to Mr. Hudgens, we now properly refer to Alexa as they.
Here’s hoping it won’t be too long before the sequel to Saturn: the Cassini Division is announced.