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The Sabbath by Arthur Nsenga and Shaunakay Francis

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Cover image of The Sabbath by Arthur Nsenga and Shaunakay Francis, Reviewed by On My Kindle

Genre: science fiction, apocalypse, dystopian
Format: eBook, print
Publication Date: January 19, 2016
Number of Pages: 197
Source: I received a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Summary

After a late night of drinking, our protagonists, Lana and Cory, head home to sleep off the effects of the alcohol. Upon their arrival home, they notice that the sky appears to be on fire just before meteors start raining down around them. The couple seeks refuge in the relative safety of Cory’s house and decides to sleep off the alcohol.

When Lana wakes up in the morning to call in sick to work, she discovers that she is 24-hours late. Panicking, she rouses Cory to see if he has any idea of what is going on; however, it seems that he was also affected by the phenomenon. To rule out intoxication as a cause, the couple checks on Cory's sister and mother and discover that his mother has disappeared without a trace.

The couple's predicament is not unique; while everyone was sleeping, others went missing as well. As people recover from the shock of sleeping for 24-hours and waking up to find their loved ones missing, another side effect of the phenomenon is discovered; people are not dying. Citizens suspect government involvement, but the government denies having any knowledge of these events and promises to investigate.

After stating that food and water supplies are contaminated, the government seizes control of the limited supply of uncontaminated food and water; leaving people like Lana and Cory little choice but to learn new skills to survive.

Putting these new skills to good use, the couple raid supply trucks carrying food, water, and other "luxury" items in order to survive as they try to unravel the conspiracy behind "The Sabbath".

Review

Back cover image of The Sabbath by Arthur Nsenga and Shaunakay Francis, Reviewed by On My Kindle

The premise of the book is interesting: readers are introduced to a dystopian, post-apocalyptic society in which resources are limited and are becoming even more limited since people are not dying. To add to this dismal situation, readers discover that the "powers that be" are involved in a conspiracy to control the middle-class and poor elements of society through nefarious and questionable means; forcing this segment of the population to resort to violence in order to acquire life-sustaining resources. Finally, you have a couple of young "heroes" who are trying to uncover this conspiracy whilst in a rocky relationship.

There are some aspects of the book that I liked, and some that I disliked. I liked the colloquialisms that the authors used because they implied that the plot's setting was in the near future, without providing the year. I think the authors did a great job at describing the setting and the characters, and managed to clearly convey the characters' emotions. However, I would have preferred to be kept in the dark regarding the couple's tumultuous and baffling relationship.

The only downside to not providing the year(s) was that I did not have an understanding of how much time had passed between the time when the phenomenon occurred and the present day in the story line. The only reason why I have an understanding of the timeline is because I read another person's review. This prompted me to re-read the first couple of chapters, and I managed to find the sentence which indicated the passage of time.

I enjoyed the socioeconomic elements in the plot; the issues brought up are relevant to today's society with enough futurism thrown in to make them palatable enough for a general audience. The conspiracy was interesting, but the implications behind the authors' choice of conspirators and the reasons why certain people went missing make me wonder if this book is meant for mainstream science fiction fans, or if it is meant as a faith-based alternative to mainstream science fiction.

Taking into consideration that the authors have chosen mainstream science fiction readers as their target audience, I cannot in good conscience recommend it to science fiction fans. However, I can recommend it to people who enjoy reading dystopian, apocalypse, or conspiracy theory fiction.

More Information

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http://www.amazon.com/Sabbath-Arthur-Nsenga-ebook/dp/B019JZMJFU/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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