The Trillionist Paperback – Sep 23 2013
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About the Author
Sagan Jeffries is the pen name of Ed Lukowich, former world curling champion. The two names prevent his careers from colliding with each other.
The Trillionist is his first novel. He also has a companion book, Trillion Universe Theory, in the works. Though neither of these books have anything to do with the sport which made him famous he is also the author of three curling-instruction books and a coffee-table book on the sport of curling.
Top Customer Reviews
On the planet Tidon, the Rojan family is celebrating the birth of their first son, Sage. Yet his mother Genosa immediately feels something isn’t quite right. The baby keeps crying, never sleeps, stares right at people, appears to be fulminating and even threatening. Very soon, he displays signs of extreme gift: at two, he taught himself to read. At twelve, he’s in high school and very soon he becomes the most famous and most productive inventor on his planet. However, the child remains subject to brutal mood swings and tantrums. Frustration throws him in such rage that his own parents can’t recognize him. They finally turn to a specialist who diagnoses the boy with Multiple Personality Disorder. Although devastated, Sage decides to study and fight his destructive “other self”.
The introspection of Sage is the most interesting aspect of The Trillionist. The boy regularly goes into an inner world which feels a bit like a dungeon. He explores it for clues about how to restrain his evil side, but also to understand why he can develop technologies just as if he has always known them. This quest against himself was my favourite part of the book.
Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed in some major aspects of the books, all linked to the light-speed development of Sage.Read more ›
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He takes science from merely knowing about atoms, to utilizing fission for everything we take for granted, in our time. And still the force in his mind shows him more, takes him farther, until he has no will of his own, that isn't dictated by this shadow.
A girl, Tamara, equally brilliant, seems to be his only true north, as she calms him, assists him & keeps him grounded. Together these two young people must take on a megalomaniac who funds their R & D, but only to use it for his own ends, not the good of all. Most important of all, Sage must find a way to defeat the shadow, & take back his own life.
Sagan Jeffries is a new author, not only to me, but to the reading world. He is famous for his sporting prowess, teaching, sports books, & guiding of his sport, which funnily enough is briefly mentioned in this book. Under his sci-fi persona, he has embarked on a new adventure. I am impressed with the story, the writing, the verbal pictures he evokes, & above all, the characters, whose goals & motivations are clear, if not always achievable in a timely manner to them. Conflicts are detailed & believable, & finally resolved in a manner which ends here, but leaves the way open for future books, which may already be in the works. I look forward to the next adventures of Sage & Tamara.
In the crib, it looked like he was talking to someone. He spoke in complete sentences at a very young age. As a child, Sage would suddenly fly into a rage, for no apparent reason. He was also incredibly smart.
The reason was that Sage had a Presence, not an actual being, living inside him. The Presence needed a technologically advanced planet, so, with its "help," Sage invented all sorts of techno-marvels. It started with a way to learn what was happening on the other side of the world. Imagine if America had technologically progressed from the light bulb to the Internet, within ten years. Sage becomes the most popular person in the world.
The Presence thought nothing of taking over Sage's body, working it past the point of exhaustion, and letting Sage deal with the aftermath. He couldn't tell anyone about the Presence, because his popularity would vanish, and he would be thrown in the equivalent of a mental hospital. His popularity did vanish, because the Presence's single-minded determination turned Sage into a mean, rotten person.
In space, Sage is forced to build a thing which goes very wrong. It starts moving toward Sage's planet, and will destroy the planet if it reaches it. An attempt to tow it out of the way is a failure. A plan to teleport the whole population to another world never gets going. The only possibility is for Sage to plead his case before The Artisan, the being which created the universe. Does he succeed? Does The Artisan help Sage get rid of the Presence, once and for all?
The story is very easy to read, and does a fine job at showing a society in technological fast-forward. From start to finish, it is very much worth reading.