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Containment (Children of Occam Book 1) Kindle Edition

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The colony on Venus was not built because the destruction of Earth was possible, but because it was inevitable…

A brilliant young scientist and one of the first humans born on Venus, Arik works tirelessly to perfect the science of artificial photosynthesis, a project crucial to the future of his home, V1. The colony was built on the harsh Venusian surface by the Founders, the first humans to establish a permanent extraterrestrial settlement. Arik’s research becomes critical when he awakens from an unexplained, near-fatal accident and learns that his wife is three months pregnant. Unless Arik’s research uncovers a groundbreaking discovery, V1’s oxygen supply will not be able to support the increase in population that his baby represents.

As Arik works against time, he begins to untangle the threads of his accident, which seem inextricably linked to what lies outside the protective walls of V1—a world where the caustic atmosphere and extreme heat make all forms of known life impossible. For its entire existence, Arik's generation has been expected to help solve the problems of colonization. But as Arik digs deeper and deeper, he discovers alarming truths about the planet that the Founders have kept hidden. With growing urgency and increasing peril, Arik finds himself on a journey that will push him to the limits of his intelligence and take him beyond the unimaginable.

About the Author

Christian Cantrell is a science fiction writer and software developer living in Northern Virginia whose short stories include "The Epoch Index" and "Human Legacy Project."

William Dufris has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered twenty-one Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century. He has also acted on stage and television in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1487 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Publisher: 47North; 47th edition (Aug. 7 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007264H36
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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By Nocturnus TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 22 2014
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This series must be read in order. This is the first book.

Arik was genetically engineered to be the greatest mind ever born. Anywhere. Being one of the magical 100 children born on Venus is just the beginning for him. He cannot be contained or curtailed as he was designed to solve impossible problems. Too bad no one told him that solving problems isn't always a good thing. Especially when some problems are not meant to be solved as solving them would destroy the fabric of their society. But as with most geniuses hearing the word no is just and extra incentive to do what he wants to anyways.

This is a true SciFi gem set far in the future. What starts out looking like a Utopia quickly shows its dystopian mores. Plenty of intrigue and mystery spice up this cerebral thriller right up until the end! I can't wait to find out what happens next in the next book!

***This series is suitable for mature young adult through adult readers who like nothing is what it seems SciFi and don't mind fictitious science/history lessons adding to the realism :)
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Very hard to read. The author gives mini lectures on technology and the environment rather than blending the information into the story. This reads more like a textbook than a fictional story based on technology.
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I enjoyed this book but felt let down by the ending. It felt unfinished so I was left wondering if there will be a sequel.
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Well written story, the suspense and second thoughts built as you read more and more until the climax at the end.
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247 of 266 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa605f474) out of 5 stars Proving that writing a short, tight story is not a lost art April 12 2010
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Mr. Cantrell has written a very tight story with Containment. The characters are believable. The references to modern science are accurate (at least the ones in my field were) and insightful. I felt like I was given just enough to connect with the main character and to understand his connection (or lack thereof) to the world around him. There was no extraneous fluff in this story which was appropriate for a tale about a space colony surviving on the bare necessities. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and started downloading more of his work as soon as I finished this piece.
203 of 230 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa70541d4) out of 5 stars Comparable to Asimov April 4 2010
By Jason Jackson - Published on
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I would compare Cantrell to Asimov in style and substance, which is high praise. Containment contains several of the key ingredients of classic science fiction. The technology, the people, the plot within a plot within a plot, and the questioning of what is real all made me feel like I was reading the work of an up-and-coming scifi genius. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good scifi read.
148 of 168 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa68221a0) out of 5 stars ABCs of Science Fiction: Asimov, Bradbury, Cantrell March 22 2010
By Karen P. Oswalt - Published on
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Just finished Containment and thoroughly enjoyed it! A first rate book with a riveting plot. Christian Cantrell's writing and storytelling are so polished, I'd rate it every bit as good as Asimov or Bradbury. This book is so interesting and very suspenseful. Although I'm "known" for guessing endings, the twist was a complete surprise. The clues were all there, I just didn't put them together. That's really refreshing. Except for work-sleep-eat, I couldn't put this book down. It's fast paced and gripping. You'll love it!
142 of 165 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6212c90) out of 5 stars Too smart for his own good yet. Sept. 13 2010
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This author, Cantrell, took a very interesting idea for a plot and extended it into a potentially captivating story line with neat tech, a good dilemma, and likable and interesting characters, but then was overcome by his experience in IT: too many words that are not "action" and do not directly sustain the pace of the story. For instance he spends 4+ pages describing a new computer interface (replaces the mouse, keyboard, etc.) that, while related to plot nuance, did not require a full historic review of more than 1/4th this text. Likewise several chapters on the history of Space Exploration and Colonization. Also he tends to describe "about what happened" instead of actually running the active scene so we can directly experience it. Whoever compared him to Asimov should go back and reread Asimov, he was all about actually "running the scene" so a reader could live it directly. While a fine communicator, Cantrell needs to learn forget most of the background filler and trust his skills to write each moment as it happens. The best author examples of this are Iain Banks and Larry Niven, both pull you excitingly through new tech and surroundings via the action as it unfolds. Cantrell needs better editors who push him to cut the chatter and deliver the electricity of the action.
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HASH(0xa60f2ba0) out of 5 stars Very Disappointing Conclusion May 25 2010
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To begin, I guess I would say that I was surprised at all of the very highly ranked reviews out there. Many of the reviews talk about how well the story is written, how tightly the plot is woven, and the overall quality of the science fiction. However, the book doesn't end, and this left me feeling cheated that I had committed time to reading a book without a conclusion. In fact, the ending came so quickly that I thought the Kindle edition must have been missing sections that appeared in the print version. It just didn't seem plausible to me that an editor would allow a book to be submitted without it being finished. The best analogy I can think of, would be reading a Sherlock Holmes novel in which Homes states to Watson that the conclusion is "elementary", and then the book ends, leaving the reader to figure out how the crime was actually committed.

This feeling of abruptness started to occur about halfway through the book, right at the same time as the plot starts to grab you. As mentioned in several other reviews, there are several very interesting twists, and they are all very compelling. The reader finds themselves with lots of questions, and trying to figure out what is happening. However, there is one plot twist which is illogical, considering that the main characters are all a group of scientists, who have been extensively studying their environment and performing experiments for the past twenty years. I don't want to give away any surprises from the book, but basically there is something different about the characters' environment which should be glaringly obvious to any individual who is a scientist, and is doing regular testing on their environment. It is sort of like the main character being told that it never rains outside, although they know what rain is, what it looks like, and what happens after it rains (i.e. things get wet). And yet, every day when they go outside to check their experiment, they can't help but notice that the ground and everything in their experiment is wet, as if from a recent rainfall. If it were later revealed in the book that it actually rains every day, you would be aggravated at why the main character didn't notice this years ago. The main plot twist in the book left me feeling this way as well, precisely because the main character is able to verify the difference so quickly, and it should have been apparent in experiments he and his colleagues have been performing for years.

It is very sad, because I was really enjoying this book, but then started to be bothered by the questions weren't being answered by the story. There is no mention of a sequel, and honestly I would be hard pressed to pick up another book by this author, let alone the next book in the series. One of the worst sins in writing that an author can make is to forget his audience, and unfortunately I think that happened with this story. Many reviewers who read this book sounded as if they were very satisfied. I am surprised by this, but respect their point of view. But those of you out there who feel as if you would get aggravated if you were watching a great movie and then had to leave ten minutes before the ending, may feel cheated. ("No Luke, I am your..." whoops! Time to go!)