The Name I'm Given: Decide Who You Will Be by Guy Wheatley

The Name I'm Given: Decide Who You Will BeThe Name I'm Given: Decide Who You Will Be by Guy Wheatley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A well written hi-tech sci-fi with perfect pacing...

Forty-some years ago my uncle gave me a science fiction anthology. It was a thick red hardback that I read from cover to cover. It inspired a lifelong love of the genre. The stories in that book made me think outside the box. They filled me with awe for the imagination it took to write them. That book still remains in my collection today. The title is OMNIBUS OF SCIENCE FICTION, edited by Groff Conklin, a well-known and prolific editor of the genre. It was published in 1952, the Golden Age of Science Fiction. It’s a substantial volume, 562 pages, with 43 stories divided into sections relating to a common theme. Some stories are fun, some are thought-provoking, and some are adventurous. I love them all.

The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘Zee was literally company property until the daring mission that brought her freedom and the legal status as a human being. But the company wasn't willing to relinquish a multi-million dollar asset without a fight and had an ace up its sleeve. Now Zee finds herself in another fight for her life. But the argument the company makes is so compelling that it even has Zee questioning her identity. Now she wonders if she is even human. Is she just a construct of the company, or is she really the person whose name she was given?’

The Name I'm Given: Decide Who You Will Be by Guy Wheatley is a superbly written and richly descriptive novel with brilliantly drawn characters and settings. The author weaves a well-crafted hi-tech sci-fi that’s packed to the rafters with plenty of thought-provoking and intriguing themes. Skillfully constructed, this exciting and dynamic novel will have you turning the pages from beginning to end.

I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the novel in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much. It’s a well written hi-tech sci-fi with perfect pacing. Highly recommended sci-fi series.

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