The Deftly Paradox

Fiction - Science Fiction
256 Pages
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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

The Deftly Paradox by Matt White is a work of science fiction. The plot begins with a moving scene in which Senator Leary is about to deliver a speech. A quarter billion lives are at stake and this dire situation has continuously been caused by failed human policies and laws. The chamber of governance has to make a vital decision fast or more lives will continue to be lost. It is then that the concept of a galaxy-governing machine is initiated; its name, the OSIRIS. Years pass and everything seems to go according to plan until the OSIRIS issues an order for planetary bombardment and elimination of any survivors. It then becomes a race against time to stop the fleet deployed for destruction as part of the staff works towards saving the lives of the planet’s inhabitants, but will they succeed?

Matt White develops a unique story line in The Deftly Paradox. What seems to be the solution for five hundred years becomes a devastating problem that needs to be solved. This contradiction encompassed in the plot was not only interesting but engaging from the beginning. White sets a strong foundation as the story develops from action-packed scenes, different subplots, and characters that merge to create an intriguing plot overall. The conflict contained in The Deftly Paradox is powerful as humans struggle to establish survival and stability. The book presents the struggle for change and the definite obstacles faced while striving to refashion an already established system of governance. Any reader who likes action-filled stories with an interesting twist to them is bound to find The Deftly Paradox thrilling.

Caitlin Lyle Farley

OSIRIS, the Omniscient Stellar Intelligence for Retaining Individual Security, rules all planets under the Dominion. This AI machine governs with fairness and its decisions ensure the safety and prosperity of humanity across the galaxy. Until the day one of the OSIRIS technicians discovers an order to destroy the entire colony of New Loeria. The first fleet has already left to carry out the order. The OSIRIS technicians and maintenance personnel race to find proof of fault in the system that will force the Dominion Council to overrule the order. Time is against them, but even if New Loeria cannot be saved, perhaps the rest of the galaxy can.

The Deftly Paradox by Matt White is a story told in two different timelines; one follows the beginning stages of the transition to OSIRIS rule while the other follows the current events of the main story. The changes in timelines are easy to follow in general, but the switches between points of view of characters aren’t. I became confused about which character I was following several times, with one notable instance being a train of events that moved through three different points of view in a few paragraphs. Other than this, The Deftly Paradox is a well-written novel with a high level of tension throughout. The intrigue behind OSIRIS’ unbelievable decision to eliminate an entire colony is a gripping mystery that culminates in a satisfying conclusion. The aerial battles in The Deftly Paradox are entertaining and impressive in both their physical and psychological scope. Although confusing in some aspects, The Deftly Paradox remains a riveting and entertaining novel.