Other Systems

Other Systems

by Elizabeth Guizzetti


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937546144
Publisher: 48fourteen
Publication date: 04/10/2013
Pages: 566
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth loves to create. In her mind, she has the best job (or jobs) in the world. She gets an idea, runs with it until it leads her to generate whatever it is going to be.

Over the past decade, she has created over 100 paintings, three graphic novels and a comic book series. Other Systems is her first published novel.

Elizabeth currently lives in Seattle with her husband and two dogs.

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Other Systems 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
Abby Boyd Lei and her siblings, Jin and Orchid, are given the opportunity to leave Earth and take up studies on the planet Kipos. It is a dream come true for Abby, who has dreamed of a world outside of her own. Unfortunately for her, this dream trip comes at a high cost, when she is separated from her family and sold to breed with a rich Kiposi. Cole Alekos is captain of his ship of explorers and is raising his three children. His family and team are in charge of finding a suitable planet to live on, otherwise there culture will be lost for good. Harden and Helen are piloting a ship, when a runaway, Abby. finds them and pleads for their help. Elizabeth Guizetti builds an intense world in this sci-fi novel. The planets and space travel is filled with so many details that readers will feel as though they are with Abby in her billet. This book covers more mature topics of rape, population explosions, and the meaning of family. The more emotional, "human" scenes are glossed over, so readers don't experience too many gruesome details, but at times this may cause readers to feel as though they missed something. The points-of-view rotate between Cole and Abby, despite the fact that they hardly interact. The last thirty percent of this book is thrilling and readers will not be able to put the book down, at that point. Sci-fi is not a subject that I read too often. My head tends to have trouble keeping up with light-years and aging times in space. I was grateful that this book had chapters that marked the year and kept reminding me of how old each character is, during that time. Abby is a complex character, who on Earth is ready for adulthood, seems to welcome a "new" childhood in space. There were a few minor grammatical errors, but they weren't overwhelming to the storyline. The plot is a bit slow for the majority of the book and I kept waiting for something more to happen, but around the seventy-percent mark, I couldn't put the book down. (I stayed up until 2am finishing the book and wanted to know more about Abby and the Alekos family after I was finished.) Notes: A copy of this book was provided by the author for me to review. This review was originally posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews site.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite The utopian colony on Kipos needs to populate before their generations die out. Earth at this time is over-crowded, and the Earthlings see the situation in Kipos as their golden opportunity. Abby and her siblings are among the people promised a better life in the colony. However, when she wakes up from her stasis state after the long journey from Earth, her siblings are gone. Abby herself is sold to a man for breeding purposes. Can she survive the arduous conditions and claim the good life that she initially sought? Set in a dystopian world, Other Systems is written by Elizabeth Guizzetti. Author Elizabeth Guizzetti's rendition of an overcrowded Earth in the future and the world building of Kipos are perfect. Coupled with her flawlessly descriptive writing style, the result is an undeniably engaging science fiction story that would delight readers. Another strength of Other Systems is the characterization. All characters are well-fleshed out, no matter how big or small their role is in the story. The protagonist, Abby, is fueled with emotions that effortlessly reach out to you. On the other hand, this is a double-edged sword. The harsh life on Kipos that is responsible for Abby’s emotional distress is hard to read and no doubt some readers would need to push themselves to keep reading. Even so, Abby’s perseverance would definitely compensate for this cruel aspect of the story. The only minor drawbacks to this excellent tale are that the pacing could be too slow at times and some aspects of the plot could be confusing. Overall, a solid read despite a few bumps. A novel that is strictly for adult readers only as the nature of the story is not suitable for younger readers.
Hecate1118 More than 1 year ago
Let me preface this review with three facts: I’m on the fence with sci-fi books because sometimes they’re not fully thought out. I’m a very picky reader. It’s very difficult for me to turn off my “scholar” brain when reading a book. Now, with that out of the way, all I can say is that Other Systems is something I would highly recommend to everyone. The general problem I have with science fiction and futuristic books is that you have to come up with a universe that makes sense within your story and somewhat holds a believable explanation. I understand you can make up your own things (technology, alien species, etc), but they have to make sense on their own. Upon reading Guizzetti’s Other Systems, I was extremely pleased to discover that the universe in which she set her story was  thoroughly planned out. I felt confident that Guizzetti knew exactly where she wanted her universe to go, and I was more than happy to allow her to take me on for the ride. I started out reading this novel hoping that it would be a fun adventure from the get go. However, I was very wrong. I had immediately attached myself to the protagonist, Abby, and I had high hopes for her future in the new world. But I was mistaken. Like Abby, I felt betrayed by the Kiposi. How could they do this to her? How could Guizzetti do this to me??? That’s how it was. I’d completely let go of the intellectual part of my analysis and felt myself falling into a “fangirl” state of mind. That is not something that can be easily done. That was just a testament to how good I found the book. I had to put the book away for a day and reset my mind or else I wouldn’t be able to write a review that I believe the book deserved. There were such complex issues ranging from technological advances, race and social disputes, and figuring out what can really make a family. It took a while to wrap my mind around the time differences, but I came to accept it as a norm. I devoured this book in a matter of hours (ignoring the hours when I had to go to work) and I honestly yearn for more. Although things didn’t happen the way I wanted them to when it came to character relationships, I can’t say that I was unhappy with it. There were a few open ended questions but I learned that there will be a sequel and I really want it to come quickly. The characters were really thought out and well rounded. There wasn’t a character that I couldn’t relate to somehow. I found Guizzetti’s universe to be believable and amazingly planned out – and I’m very happy about that. I am confident that the next installment will be just as engaging as this book. This was one of the first books that made me honestly wish I could live in that sort of universe where I could explore the stars (and not succumbed to space death). So would I recommend this book? Most definitely.
Midu More than 1 year ago
there was nothing about the religious sects & I had been so looking forward to meet them. I would have liked Harden’s POV,especially when, according to his dad, Abby looks like she needs a hug. nothing about the other AI who had left-the way the author mentioned them felt like we would be meeting them later. there wasn’t much about why Earth was the way it was or why India became a super power-it would have added more depth to the story. Good sci-fi-ish novel and I didn’t want to put it down without finishing it.
Mallory_SupernaturalFan More than 1 year ago
Review of Other Systems Reviewed for Making Connections Goodreads Group I reviewed an ebook copy of “Other Systems” provided to me by the author, Elizabeth Guizzetti, on July 30 2012, in exchange for my fair and impartial review. As a child and adolescent, science fiction was one of my favoured genres. Then in adulthood, for some reason I diverged and only read it occasionally (in my 40’s I devoured Star Trek novels-go figure). But on the rare occasions lately when I do pick up a sci fi story, I remember how much I love the genre and why. Perhaps I should better term this “speculative fiction,” because good sci fi (or horror or Supernatural, paranormal, fantasy, etc.) asks THE BIG QUESTIONS. Such is the case in “Other Systems,” author Elizabeth Guizzetti’s debut novel, which sets those philosophical, social, and cultural queries against a background of intense, complex, delightful world-building. There are a number of different “environments” constructed here: from a futuristic Earth (mostly, but not entirely, Seattle) to outer space (life lived in relative time, meaning very sloooooowww aging), to an extraordinary planet in an “other system,” a planet whose populace interacts with an overgrown Earth, in ways that purport to be beneficial and pleasant-but oh what a surprise when that’s not so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Other Systems follows Abby from Earth as she makes the decision to leave some of her family, knowing she will never see them again, in search of a better life. Before leaving home, Abby is very idealistic and naive. She is 17 and thinks she is ready for a husband and children. She is not prepared for what her new life has in store for her and she has a lot of growing up to do. There is some mature subject matter, including rape, but it is handled well and without being graphic. Sci-fi lovers will appreciate all of the information about space travel, new organisms, different species of humans, and discovering new planets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a Sci-Fi reader. I read Other Systems because Guizzetti is a cyber-friend and I was curious about what goes on in her bizarre brain. I can tell you that my original assessment was right on the money. Bizarre she is, and yet, as another reviewer said, "believable." Time and again I kept thinking, "Whoa! How many months, maybe years, of research did she have to do to come up with this stuff?" I have to admit, some of it went right over my head, but Sci-Fi fans and Geeks should be right in their element. Guizzetti not only builds one different world, but does a great job describing several other planets. When she calls her book Other Systems, she means it. She treats us to around 500 pages of red-eyed rodents with triple prehensile tails, crystal trees, gelatinous purple sea masses that can reach up and grab birds out of the air. You name it; She thought of it. But sci-fi aside, my favorite parts involved Abby, the earthling librarian who dreamed of a better life than being crammed into a one-room apartment with her whole family, which will probably happen to all of us sooner or later in America after the Republicans completely do away with the middle class. But I digress. Brave little Abby, her sister, brother, and a boy crush climb aboard a space ship seeking both adventure and upward mobility, pun intended. This decision sets off a whole series of unintended events reminiscent of Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the d'Urbervilles," one of my favorite literary classics. For the literary among you, that's a bit of a spoiler. For the rest of you, oh well! You'll have to read the book to find out what that means. At 500 pages it was inevitable to find some typos and a couple of grammar issues, but all in all it was a well-written book. My favorite line was spoken by Abby's sister, Orchid: “What a load of crap. I’m really sick of people saying ‘God’s will’ just because they don’t know the answer.” As I said, I have absolutely no qualifications to review Sci-Fi, and this review is sort of coming out of my ass, so to be fair to the author, I'm giving it 4 stars, and here's the breakdown: 1 because I actually finished reading it, 1 for Abby's storyline, 1 for Guizzetti's crazy rich imagination, 1/2 for Abby's astute little rant about "God's will," and 1/2 for Guizzetti's fearless use of the word fuck. ~Denise DeSio, author of Rose's Will
SofiaEssen More than 1 year ago
Other Systems is a gripping, superbly crafted read. You will not want it to end! The story kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire novel. Each character is intriguing and well developed. Science Fiction is not generally the genre I prefer, but Other Systems doesn’t feel like Science Fiction or Fiction at all. Guizzetti’s words come alive on the page and make us readers believe Kypos (her fictitious planet) is real, out there, and just waiting for us to visit. Her female main character, Abby, feels as real as a lifelong friend by the time you finish reading Other Systems.