Sunday, July 1, 2012

Book Review of The Tachyon Web by Christopher Pike

Name of Book: The Tachyon Web

Author: Christopher Pike

ISBN: 0-671-69060-4

Publisher: Archway Paperback

Type of book: future, aliens, relationships, nova, collapsing world, conspiracies.

Year it was published: 1986 (version I have 1996)

Summary:

They did it for kicks.

Five young thrill seekers in a stolen spaceship on a joyride to the stars. But one of them had a more dangerous plan- to blast beyond the Tachyon Web, the iron boundary that barred mankind from the worlds beyond.

There they found danger, excitement and heart stopping adventure. And, on a strange alien world, one of them would also find love.

Characters:

The only characters I enjoyed are Rark and General Griffin who are minor characters but yet they have quite an impact and livened the story up. The characters of Erik, who has a knack of becoming the leader, his friends and friends' girlfriends as well as Vani, I didn't enjoy the characters, I'm sad enough to admit. Even though Pike attempts to create them as multi-faceted, I feel that he doesn't succeed and fails instead.

Theme:

Apparently life and death situations can be managed

Plot:

This is third person narrative, all of it from Erik's point of view. Unfortunately, even through the exciting parts i grew bored, but I think its because I have zero interested in science fiction and whatnot and somehow cannot wrap my mind around how it worked. There is suspension of belief because all of this happened in one day and science fiction or not, whether something traumatic happens, it takes days for full effect to be felt and to last. This one is basically happened and its over.

Author Information:

Christopher Pike wrote 30+ novels mainly for young adults, the most famous or well known one is The Last Vampire Saga, Final Friends and Remember Me, and his real name is Kevin McFadden. One of his books, Fall Into Darkness was created into a movie. Unfortunately he doesn’t have a website, but there is a fan club that is devoted to him. (http://www.christopherpikefanclub.com/ )

Opinion:

This is the second time I've read the novel, and just like the first time, I started to enjoy it near the end rather than beginning or middle. I don't really care much for science fiction in there and a ton of terminology gave me headache rather than taking away my confusion. This is one of Pike's early novels, which rather means if you're seeking eternal questions or Pike's trademark philosophy then you won't find it in the novel. Instead this is a science fiction adventure novel.

3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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