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Reviewed by Joshua Olokodana for Readers' Favorite
The Uprisers is J.C. Gemmell’s second book in the Tion series. When the oceans rose at an unprecedented rate, humankind faced an existential threat. So they solidified the oceans and kept them in space. The forfeður (forefathers) then engineered an existence in the space above the Earth and named it Tion, although the Earth still held its foundations. There was stability for a millennium. But in a world where rain was scheduled, and children were nurtured from conception to puberty in a 'gestorium,' humans had ceased to evolve better methods—even as the Tionsphere approached capacity. However, both Pazel, the leader of the human population, and Nikora, a powerful konservator, are about to execute their own plans to keep the population evolving. Pazel’s plan is dangerous, but Nikora’s plan will cost billions of lives. Nevertheless, with Pazel’s loss of Moshe, the idealistic part of his being, no one is strong enough to stop her. Perhaps Pazel is the one that needs to be stopped?
J.C. Gemmell’s The Uprisers is a complicated utopian-dystopian sci-fi drama that hits your senses with its extreme inventiveness. It puts a whole new spin on everyday stuff and makes you strive to comprehend the sheer complicatedness of the plot. In The Uprisers, the line between reality and illusion is blurred, and there are no heroes or villains—just people doing what they think is best. You have to commend the amount of effort that must have gone into the daunting task of writing this book. The level of ideation in the story is top-notch—especially the naming system. It is a frightening example of what would happen when you take emotions out of the process of naming a person. Although the narration got off to a slow start, I began to enjoy it once I read the glossary. Most sci-fi works involve warfare, but The Uprisers focuses on the day-to-day interactions and really takes you through the experience of living in the future. It’s a good fit for readers who prefer intellectually stimulating tales and sci-fi drama.