This book is a mind bender, but one with more hope than seems to be generally customary for a Philip K. Dick novel. The war between the reegs (large insect aliens) and the ‘Starmen (from the planet Lillistar, the original home planet of the species that would eventually become to be known as “humans”) has enveloped Earth (now called Terra), and Eric Sweetscent is about to be dragged right into the center of the whole thing. He has a new job keeping the Secretary General of the UN alive while at the same time dealing with a wife who is addicted to a new drug that dislodges a person in time. And that’s just the bare bones of the story.
Sweetscent spends the entire book trapped between a rock and a hard place, and you begin to really feel the tension as Dick slowly builds problem upon problem, adding in more and more details to complicate things even further for his characters. The entire book was a wonderful read from beginning to end, and the further I got the further I wanted to go, to find out how it would all end. I was actually surprised by the ending, and not a little bit impressed.
If you’re a Philip K. Dick fan, or just a fan of sci-fi that goes after your sense of well being, you will definitely like this book.
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