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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
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  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Publisher: 47North; 47th edition (Aug. 7 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007264H36
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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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HASH(0xa4e628d0) 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(0xa4e62b1c) out of 5 stars Comparable to Asimov April 4 2010
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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.
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HASH(0xa4e62d5c) out of 5 stars ABCs of Science Fiction: Asimov, Bradbury, Cantrell March 22 2010
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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!
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HASH(0xa4e62f00) 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(0xa4e62dd4) out of 5 stars Exposition, exposition, some more exposition May 17 2011
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I'll try not to spoil too much, but I really don't think you should read this so I'm not going to worry about telling you things that are revealed early in the book.

This is a pretty lousy book. To summarize in one word why, let me tell you this: exposition.

This isn't so much a novel as an imagining of a future world with various interesting future technologies that we might someday achieve. It isn't a story. It doesn't have characters. It has people-shaped props that allow the author to tell you about ideas he finds interesting, be they electronics, sociology, morality, or politics.

What "characters" there are are zero or one-dimensional. The main character is a genius, strong, good looking, and the pinnacle of human achievement. I mean the last part literally; he is called that by one of the leaders of his colony very early in the story. He has no flaw that is revealed during the story, and additionally has unique powers of the mind that make him the best programmer in history and also the most talented biologist. He also has a wife (with whom he has zero chemistry, although that may be intentional), a best friend (also no chemistry, this character's sole purpose is to do things the main character cannot do for one reason or another), and a father (for wise-sounding advice). Other faces you might meet are his teacher who told him to question everything, a sort-of creepy colony manager, and various red shirts.

Besides characters, Containment's plot is also nonexistent for the first fifty percent of the book. The first part is dominated by a fairly boring description of a stereotypical colony on Venus. Daily life and daily technology are the subject of almost continuous exposition. Three of the first nine chapters are LITERALLY history lessons in Cantrell's imagined universe. He occasionally makes weak attempts to mask this exposition. For example, the entirety of the thirteenth chapter is a back and forth question and answer session between two characters about the functions of a certain part of a colony. But this is lazy stuff, and it's really not much better than the walls of expository text we're treated with in the rest of the book.

The end of the book has a suitable number of plot twists, many of them telegraphed fairly early in the story. As soon as the first one occurs, you can probably make a guess about how the story will end and be not far from the truth.

Considering this book's only merits are in its mildly interesting technical ideas, Cantrell makes a few unforgivable mistakes. For example, toward the end of the book he has one of his characters take a lethal dose of atmospheric radiation in about forty minutes of exposure. Supposedly, this radiation would have come from events at least twenty years prior to the book's setting (the character receiving said dose is not aware of any nuclear events and is about twenty years old). So the event is still producing Chernobyl-control-room-during-meltdown-levels of atmospheric radiation twenty years after the fact? And someone survived these events? To pick one other example, the idea that humans have access to efficient fusion power and still need to use plants to make oxygen seems silly, although it is critical for the plot.

I'm not too upset about all this because I only paid a dollar for the book. However, if I knew what I do now, I would not have read it even of someone paid me. It's not worth the time. Do not buy this book. It is amateur on a level I've never encountered before in Amazon's recommendations for me.