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Embracing Entropy by Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Front cover image of Embracing Entropy by Jessica Marie Baumgartner. Reviewed by On My Kindle Book Reviews.

Source: I received a free e-copy from European Geeks Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Science Fiction, First Contact
Format: Print
Publication Date: March 18, 2016

Summary

As Earth dies, leaving its inhabitants struggling to survive, an alien race offers an unimaginable option: to relocate humans to their own planet on the far end of the universe. The Campbells, one of the last surviving families, quickly realize humanity's hope for survival may come with a price. Accepting a new way of life, acclimating to a new atmosphere, and trying to fight against a universe that seems set on tearing them apart offers many struggles. Can the Campbell's make it through, together?

Review

I featured Embracing Entropy back in March; I was looking forward to reading it since then, and I was not disappointed! I was impressed by the book from the first page because Baumgartner fills readers in on the back-story pretty quickly, and then moves forward with the plot. The author manages to accomplish this effortlessly throughout the entire book.

The next thing I noticed was how easy it was for me to relate to the characters. It did not take me long to become emotionally invested in the characters, especially the female protagonists, because the dialogue and their reactions to events were so realistic. I found myself wanting to "check-up" on the family frequently to see how they were faring and what new situations they found themselves in.

Baumgartner did an excellent job of describing the setting; it is descriptive enough so that readers "see" where the story takes place, but not so descriptive that it detracted from the plot. I also noticed that the author did not devote several pages to the history and culture of the alien race. Readers learned more about the race's culture as the humans in the story learned about the different aspects of the alien culture. I think this adds to the plot's realism, and it allows readers to stay engaged; it is kind of like watching a movie, because you are not sure what is going to happen until it happens.

Small front cover image of Embracing Entropy by Jessica Marie Baumgartner. Reviewed by On My Kindle Book Reviews.

Embracing Entropy is one of those science fiction books that has an epic plot, but it is delivered in an easy-to-read package to satisfy readers who may not have the time to devote to an epic.

I really enjoyed Embracing Entropy, and I liked the fact that it strays away from the "first contact in which humans are enslaved" trope. I kept waiting for the plot twist in which the benevolent alien race demands that humans follow their customs, but it never happened; it was a cooperative undertaking for the two cultures to understand each other. 

If you are looking for a science fiction that is as clean as The Host, with characters that are more realistic and engaging, you do not want to pass up reading Embracing Entropy by Jessica Marie Baumgartner.

About Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Image of Jessica Marie Baumgartner, author. Featured on On My Kindle
Jessica Marie Baumgartner, author. Reprinted with 
permission from European Geeks Publishing

Jessica is the author of: The Embracing Entropy Series, Siren’s Snare, Tale of Two Bookends, and My Family Is Different. Her stories have been featured in numerous publications such as Everyday Fiction, The Lorelei Signal, Fiction on the Web, The Horror Zine and many others. She is a member of the St. Louis Writer’s Guild and is always weaving new worlds in the webs of her tales. You can check her out on her website, Twitter, Goodreads, or Facebook

The print version of Embracing Entropy is available on Amazon, and you can find digital copies of the three novellas that comprise the Embracing Entropy series on Amazon as well.

You can also enter to win a free copy of Embracing Entropy by entering the giveaway that Jessica is hosting on Goodreads. Head on over there and enter before July 6, 2016.

Have you read Embracing Entropy? If so, let me know what you think about it in the comments.

Enjoy!