Prometheus Ascending – A big “what if”
3 out of 5 stars
Rarely ever does a book leave me speechless. And if it does, it’s usually for good reasons. This book left me speechless because I’m not really sure what I just read.
The premise was pretty good, the science was shotty, but could be believable if you needed it to be. The characters weren’t really all that likable, which makes reading a novel full of their stories really difficult. Thomson has some work to do with character development and story arcing.
The book was full of really neat scientific quotes and neat premises, but in the end, it fell short on execution. I think with a really good editor and maybe some new brainstorming from outside sources a 2.0 version of this book would be really enjoyable. It’s rare that I’m the first review for a book — and with this book I took my time to make sure that I understood what I was saying before I left this review.
It’s hard when I can’t place a finger on the exact reason that this book fell short for me, but it just did. I’m rating it a 3 out of 5 because I did enjoy parts of this, especially the premise. There is definitely something here, it’s unique and different but also something the same. It kind of feels like a Frankenstein for the new era. But maybe what made this different was just too much.
I’m not even sure what genre to place this in. It’s definitely science fiction but is it also Hard Science. It could be, but it didn’t need to be.
Prometheus Ascending was one… different book for sure.
What do you do when a terrible accident shatters your body, all but takes your voice from you and removes most of your face, leaving you confined to a specially adapted room with what remains of your face hidden behind a mask? All this, and yet your excellent mental faculties fully intact? If you are William John Baltimore, founder of the information network called SOURCE, accepting your fate is not an option.
Enter Professor Sir James Robert Carvel, eminent Cryo Neurosurgeon, who has often voiced his opinion, privately, that the human brain can be transplanted. In the course of time, along with his equally eminent ‘Team’ of Professors; Richard Beckler, Anthony Morrow and Ernst Kraser, Carvel begins planning what came to be known as ‘The Carvel Experiment’; the transplanting of Baltimore’s brain into a healthy donor body. Dateline August, 1985. Would this be the start of a successful process as in 1967, when Doctor Christiaan Barnard pioneered the first human heart transplant or lead to the creation of a modern day Frankenstein scenario?
Would this be the start of a successful process as in 1967, when Doctor Christiaan Barnard pioneered the first human heart transplant or lead to the creation of a modern day Frankenstein scenario? In Prometheus Ascending, William P Thomson brings alive the characters and events of this remarkable story and its life-changing consequences in what is an excellent read.
In Prometheus Ascending, William P Thomson brings alive the characters and events of this remarkable story and its life-changing consequences in what is an excellent read.