A very pleasant surprise
Science Fiction has been one of my one true loves for a long period of time. Ever since discovering DUNE back in middle school, I have always enjoyed reading science fiction novels and seeing how different authors tackle this particular genre. Needless to say, my expectations have started becoming higher and higher with every new book that I have read. Fortunately, The Origin of F.O.R.C.E. does not fail to deliver and met my expectations in a truly unexpected way. Sam B Miller’s novel is not only gripping and incredibly creative, but also very funny and original, giving a new vision to the idea of alien invasions that has already been used and reused. Secrets are involved, much planning takes place to fight back the alien invasion and the readers are given possible explanations for mysteries that have already been haunting us for quite some time no, like the Roswell conspiracy. However, perhaps one of the most delightful things in the book is its witty humor and sarcasm, wielded masterfully and completely at place even in a novel where the very existence of humanity is threatened.
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The book was perfect from beginning to the end, keeping me hooked till the very last page. It had complex characters – Whatsit especially is such an amazingly developed character, you cannot stop yourself from loving him – , a nice pace, neither too fast nor too slow, a believable threat and a novel approach to the alien invasion/human retaliation stories we have seen and read for decades now. Sam B Miller manages to bring that spark of originality in a subgenre that seemed on the brink of becoming repetitive. The author masterfully manages to show that we have not seen everything so far and there is still room to develop such stories further and further.
All in all, a delightful read for both teenagers and adults alike, a gripping story and a beautiful novel that make me want to discover more of what author Sam B Miller II has to offer.