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Posted April 29, 2012
One of the most original teen (okay, and adult) sci-fi reads I've delved into in a long time. The different 'planes derive from some of the latest ideas about how our universe came into existence. The author writes well and pokes fun at some of the ways we entertain ourselves. Enjoy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 18, 2004
An Enjoyable Journey In 3003
An enjoyable journey set a thousand years in the future where young Frex, a boy barely twelve years of age, takes readers on an 'Alice in Wonderland' adventure searching for an elixir to restore Earth's bio-diversity. Anti-utopian elements of 'Brave New World' and '1984' are present in abundance which ups the excitement level a few degrees. Taking a tip from 'A Clockwork Orange' there is a liberal amount of future speak slang interspersed throughout the tale which, at times, gets a bit distracting though a list of terminology appears at the back of the book much as it did in the afore-mentioned Anthony Burgess novel. Overall, a well worded and steady paced, inventive tale. (firstname.lastname@example.org)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 2, 2004
Deep, intelligent, often amusing
His father Carb a notorious malcontent was forced to leave planet earth a few years ago before the Gov and his goons made an example of him. He left behind his wife and son Frek to live in a bio-tweaked house tree in the correct village of Middleville where technology insures everything is done according to ecological righteousness. Though still a preteen, Frek got the message of what happens to those who challenge the authority of Gov. By 3003, twelve year old Frek remains cautious until a miniscule alien vessel lands underneath his bed. The Anvil space ship insists that Frek was their destination as he must save the world with an elixir to repair the biome. Gov declares the son a chip off the old block of the father, an enemy combatant. Meanwhile Anvil has marketing plans for Frek and other humans. Frek accompanied by his canine Wow is on the run from the law while on a quest across the universe when all he wants is to become a teenager. FREK AND THE ELIXIR is a deep, intelligent, often amusing but always impertinent satire ridiculing many of today¿s ¿truths¿ by extrapolating these so called universals accompanied by technological advances a millennium into the future. The story line uses action but ironically provides an outrageous look at a disturbingly closed-fortressed culture in which differences are outlawed as all must support the Gov. Besides Frek being a terrific hero as he grows up rather quickly (aliens and the government will do that), the cast adds depth and the technology is sardonically as off the wall as this wild futuristic tale makes 1984 look freedom loving...................... Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.