It’s easy to tell when someone is dead, but what makes them alive?
Author: C.D. Hulen
Publisher: Self published
Genre: Allegorical Science Fiction
Length: 182 pages
It’s easy to tell when someone is dead, but what makes them alive? Is it the memories they keep, or the pain they feel, or the love they share? For Cecilio, the first colony of Proxima B, the answer could bring prosperity or crack the very foundations of society.
After a five-year leave of absence, Commander Mason Wyatt is sent to an antique starship with the chance to earn back his rank and bury his past. All he must do is uphold the answer: life is what Cecilio says it is. But as the starship nears Proxima B, Mason’s past boils to the surface and Cecilio’s answer begins to unravel.
You may notice this isn’t my usual review format. That’s due to the positive and violent elements containting major spoilers. Read on to learn more about Abort.
Characters pray and prayers is mentioned; a character speaks of clinging to God; God is discussed; parts of “Amazing Grace” are heard and sang; believers are arrested; Hell is mentioned; there is a strong redemptive and salvation message.
A character drinks; it is implied a child is conceived out of wedlock.
Years ago, Earth was abandoned. New worlds on new planets were formed. New governments came to be. Yet, in this new age, something remains the same: people believing they have the power to choose who lives and who dies. It is the collision between this belief and the sanctity of life that provides the backbone for Abort.
The reader is immediately catapulted into mystery, chaos, and Mason, the protagonist’s, growing, desperate need for truth and clarity. If the cover doesn’t captivate you, the first chapter of this story will. With the way the world’s going, I can easily see events similar to those in Abort happening. The characters are well-written, the plot thoughtful and suspenseful, and the emergence of God’s truth and the sanctity of life profound. There is violence, but it is handled tastefully.
Though short – less than 200 pages – everything about this book is captivating. The desperate struggle between conscience and man’s “wisdom” is central to the plot and will capture the reader, refusing to release them until they read the last page. Ultimately, this book deals with confronting abortion. I applaud the author for taking a stand against the destruction of innocent life. That, alone, gives this book it’s five star rating.
Abort will sweep the reader into a chilling, intense, raw, and gritty story filled with redemption, salvation, and sacrifice.
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.