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I've worked building wind chargers, I'm a self-taught planetologist, and I have done original fundamental and applied research in theoretical particle physics, nuclear engineering, and virology; so, this novel really hit a lot of my buttons.
The dangers and potential solutions discussed are very much real. Controlled sustained artificially-induced fusion as an energy source is still a good ways away, there are hurdles to cross. One of the big ones involves gravity in several aspects, and we only recently developed technology key to proving certain ideas that heretofore could only be theories. A timeline closing in on 2050 before sufficient advances can be made before fusion power plants here on Earth could conceivably contribute usefully is fairly realistic--but only if fusion research is not completely abandoned.
It will be interesting if this series goes where I think it might be going.
Susan Kaye Quinn writes with vision and passion in this novella which begins the near-future "hope-punk" series Nothing Is Promised. Our protagonist Lucia is a mid-21st-century power engineer working with renewable energy infrastructure off the California coast and hoping to be formally adopted by the new-style family she's staying with when she discovers that something is very wrong at her workplace which produces the power that her "family" depends on. This is the most real-world story of SKQ's that I have read and I found it most compelling - I've already pre-ordered the second book in the series. After the unbelievable year we've all been through this is an intriguing look at a dangerous but credible and ultimately hopeful future for humanity.
This story is the first of four. Like a trilogy, it doesn't exactly end, so I was left feeling incomplete and wanting more, in the best way. I love the world building in this. It's heavy on science and technology, and a glimpse at what our future could actually look like. Between climate change and the need for power to fuel all the things we've come to need in life...the way they've tackled the problem in this story feels real. The way family is defined is fascinating too. Quinn calls this hope punk. It does have that feel of hope, even in the middle of the mysterious Things happening. It's not dystopian, it's steampunk, without the steam, set in the future not the past. Looking forward to reading how this story plays out!
When you had power is a touching story of what it means to finally find a place to call home in a world set in the not too distant future that is an illustration of where our planet could be headed. I found the characters unique and distinctive in their own right, the mystery at the center of the story to be engaging and of course, felt a strong sense of hope at the close of the tale. Highly recommend to all who are looking for something uplifting to read.
Loved this. The story had me reading, drawn in from the first line. The plot developed rapidly as did the characters. Ms Quinn has an amazing ability to draw in the reader and keep them hooked, long past their bedtimes, and wanting more. Book ended on a wonderful note as well. Part one certainly not disappoint. Cannot wait for next part.
As part one of four, this is a good start! The characters are interesting and different. Not all the same. The story is compelling. My only complaint is that the book felt a bit short. I don't know how many words it has, but I'm a slow reader, and I finished it in two evenings. I wish it were longer. Oh, well. On to book two!
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2020
Lucia Ramirez has had her fair share of troubles but she hopes this new duty station will be different. But from day one things are off her house mates tell her of unscheduled power outages, which should not happen, and meeting some of her new colleagues are very strange. But the real trouble starts when she notices some things under the water that are very curious and shouldn't be there. She doesn't know what to do and and how her house mates will take all of this trouble while she is still on probation there.
This is a awesome new book set in a up and coming genre of hope punk. It stars a very diverse cast of characters and has action and suspense galore. This is the kind of book you would hope your teens and young adults will read. Susan K Quinn has a way of drawing you in and making you read well past your bedtime than and leaving you waiting for more, thank goodness the next one will be out soon, I really can't wait.
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2020
I love it when Susan Kaye Quinn branches off in her writing and swerves in a different direction. I know that whatever path she takes is going to mean a great adventure for me. When You Had Power, book #1 in her new Nothing is Promised series did not disappoint.
Lucia is a strong, capable women who has a very important job to do, but she also wants the love and security that family brings. When she notices problems in her new world, how does she know who she can trust?
I immediately felt at home in this futurist world, set in 2050, and comfortable with the characters that quickly become a big part of Lucia's world. Susan does an excellent job creating a believable, exciting world that I can't even imagine on my own. I loved the first book in this amazing new series and can't wait for the rest of the stories!