Taking the Highway by M.H.Mead
Genre: Science Fiction
TBR Reviewer: Mark
Rating: 4 stars - Recommended Read.
In future Detroit, there are rules about taking the Highway. One of these is the Minimum Passenger Requirement that sees drivers heavily fined for driving vehicles under capacity. This is where the Fourths come in. Essentially paid Hitchhikers, for a negotiable fee they will
ride in your car with you and fill the vacancy in your carpool, enabling you to take the Highway rather than driving the longer side streets. It has become a legitimate profession but is not without its risks. Because someone has begun killing Fourths...
This was a great Sci-fi novel that was an absolutely great read from start to finish! Set in a highly realistic and believable future only a stone's throw away from the present, the book is part of a larger series based in a future version of Detroit. The books can be read either in order or separately and feature some cross-over of characters and events but not enough to spoil or hinder your enjoyment. There is nothing here that is particularly ground-breaking but then there doesn’t need to be! This particular book in the series was both original, individual and creative and came as a refreshing change in a Genre that too often can feel overly swamped by depressing visions of a grim, dystopian future. What the authors set out here to achieve, and succeed in doing I might add, is to create an alternative vision; one that is still breath-taking but, at the same time, a bit more positive and believable set just a few years away from where we are now.
The story moves along quickly at a good pace and is populated with realistic and credible characters that the reader can readily associate with. It is a bit of an easy read but if you are looking for something light that is also lots of fun, you could certainly do a lot worse! As much a clever Crime thriller as it is Sci-fi, this novel highly impressed me and left me keen to read more by the same author. Taking The Highway comes highly recommended from me and M.H. Mead certainly looks like an author to watch out for in the future for enjoyable, uncomplicated, good quality Sci-fi!
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The Caline Conspiracy by M.H. Mead
TBR Reviewer:- Kim
This story is set in the future. Dogs are genetically engineered to be the perfect pets called calines. they are tailored to the needs and requests of the individual owner. One such caline, Madeline stands accused of savaging her owner, a world famed geneticist, and is sentenced to execution. it is up to PI Aidra Scott top get to the bottom of things and find out if Madeline really is a killer or not.
This was a great mystery story and raised some great ethical questions. It was a well paced story with plenty of twists and turns. In a world where genetic engineering is OK for dogs but not so OK for people it painted some interesting picture of what the future may look like, and how far people will go to get what they want. Some parts of the book I found myself asking 'would I do that', particularly the scenes regarding Quinn's baby. The ending was explosive and was right for the book. I do recommend this one, a great read.