Review: The Dawn Project

The Dawn Project - excerpt from 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award EntryThe Dawn Project
by Nicole Anderson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Dawn Project / B004TEYSUG

There's really so much to like about this excerpt. The world-building is well-done and the plot hook is incredibly strong. The idea of an immortal robot body isn't new, but there's a lot of fresh originality brought to the idea here, and I love the "branding" of eHuman. I'm also intensely intrigued at the idea that a Jump causes you to lose memories from a previous life - that's a very new and interesting twist. I'd love to read further into this fascinating new world. I'm curious how they handle population control - there must be accidents and occasional suicides; can they have children to replenish the loss?

There's some very memorable descriptions and prose here, and a really good grasp on how to dish out detail at a good pace. I really love how this excerpt reminds me a tiny bit of Tanith Lee's Biting the Sun, but has gone in a completely different direction with the "mortality" implied in the Jump amnesia - I'm really fascinated to see how that original aspect will affect this brave new world.

NOTE: This review is based on a sample excerpt of this book provided through the ABNA contest.

~ Ana Mardoll

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