Tion Book 1

Fiction - Science Fiction
405 Pages
Reviewed on 10/09/2020
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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

J.C. Gemmell’s Tionsphere is the beginning of a monumental science fiction series. As the world’s future population faces its greatest challenge, technology is having trouble sustaining humanity’s demands. Pazel Sad-Tet-Ain-Resh, one of Tionspehere’s originators, believes he has a solution—a solution that serves the elite and his personal interests. He has the wealth and influence to make things happen in a future that has become dependent on digital technology and connectivity. Contract theorists Caitlyn, Freja, Kavya, Miyu, and Jovana accept a deal to discover why the T-sphere is failing. To complete their contract, Caitlyn and her team will encounter an assortment of characters that trace back before the Forming, including Pazel who is determined to carry out his sinister plan.

J.C. Gemmell is mindful of his character development as he devotes each chapter to exploring three to four characters—a necessity for a sci-fi series operating on a grand scale. It celebrates diversity with its interracial cast. Similarly, the world-building is replete with details of humanity’s obsession with online connectivity. Invented scientific jargon can sometimes get in the way as well as foreign words in italics especially if you are not versed in European languages. Some of the invented words are not explained and Gemmell leaves it to you to unlock its meaning based on context. Pazel is a formidable villain. His ability to “ghost” into different bodies allows him to travel and remain undetected. High tension and complex dialogue make Tionsphere a fascinating read. Give it a chance, and you will likely look forward to the release of the next installment.