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  • Posted February 7, 2010

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    Future Past for Roadbuilders

    This SciFi book will appeal not only to those that love the "after the apocalypse" books, but alternative history ones also. This takes place after the apocalypse, but before we regain all that was lost. Think about living around 1860. It has some romance, lots of thrills, and a long quest to search for long lost information. What they find along the road is amazing. The future starts long after our future so they will find things you never expected. A fascinating read. I love maps and live in the northwest, so I had to read it with an atlas so I could try and follow their path (it wasn't easy).

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

    How Far Would You Go For Answers?

    Imagine a world that in some ways is much like our own, and in other ways is completely different. Jack McDevitt skillfully portrays a world where the unknown and the known are the same thing. A world that exists years after one humanities strongest and brightest periods of existence. There is still a human race in the world, yet they are immensely different from what we know today. They still act like us, but their motivations for survival are different and their understanding of the world is rooted in fear. In “Eternity Road”, the point is not merely to survive but to figure out what happened to the “Roadmakers” and what is next.
    The “Roadmakers” produced a world that is beautiful and, at the same time, confusing to everybody living through the time that this story is based. We follow one society and their journey for answers and a sort of salvation. There are not many societies left in this “new” world but ours, the “Illyrians”, is similar to all the others surviving here. They are lost in a world that was constructed using technology long, long forgotten. They have homes and clothes and some of them can read and invent, but the majority of them are like those in the Middle Ages. Most of the population is low intelligence work force merely existing, but as with any culture there are those who dream of more. Just as we begin to come to understand “Illyrian” society, we are torn away by an expedition setting out to discover the fate of a previous expedition.
    The first groups mission was to find a mythical place that supposedly held the answers to all the mysterious items left behind and the culture that created them. They consisted of adventurers, philosophers, and intellectuals, yet the only person to return is leader of the expedition, Karik Endive. Upon his sudden and mysterious death, he bequeaths a book to the sister of one of the people on the expedition. It is this book, “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court”, that inspires this young woman, Chaka Milana, to create the second expedition. In this society books are rare, and are gateways to view the “Roadmaker” world. The expedition has two real goals. To discover the fate of the previous group and to discover the fabled “Haven” where vast stores of knowledge are believed to exist. It is thought that the first group must have found it because of the book that Karik returned with.
    This search for answers is symbolic for how we, as a society, always feel there is more out there. More for us to learn and discover. Often the question arises for the reader, why go through so much for so little. In this view of a post-apocalyptic world, one cannot stop pursuing answers at any cost. In “Eternity Road”, Jack McDevitt weaves a masterful storyline that shows us that knowledge should be our most cherished quality and we must strive with all of our might to find answers for the unknown.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Prophetic

    This is a book that will really get you thinking about time and the future of Earth. The story jumps from one thrill to the next. Very unique perspective of the future. kept my attention throughout. It could have been edited down a bit, as there werer some short spans of "Okay keep on reading" and you get through it. Well done Jack!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2002

    Roadtrip to the Future

    Terrific page turner, I read it in a day. The plot is good and the unfolding far-future post-apocalyptic landscape is excellent. Message similar to 'Leibowitz', knowledge never really dies, just lays dormant for awhile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2002

    incredible. just plain incredible.

    book is plain incredible. very compelling story and characters you can relate to at times. a real page turner. kept me up all night just to see what was going to happen to our adventuring illyrian's next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2002

    EXCELLENT BOOK

    One of my favorites.

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