October 21, 2011

Review: Containment

Containment by Christian Cantrell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Containment is a rather nifty science fiction novel, rife with fascinating ideas and twists. It's heavy on the science, and engineering geeks should get a big kick out of it, although environmentalists will get just as much from it. The best part is how well-thought out all the concepts are -- the science is believable, and intricately detailed but rarely boring, with some very difficult explanations boiled down to easily-digestible nuggets. The biggest problem is the characterizations, which are very slowly and minimally delineated, so that the emotional content of the narrative is buried under the hard science and ideas. The story does build to some feeling, but not nearly as much as would have been possible if the characters weren't so lightly sketched-in. It would have helped if the novel hadn't been written in such a flat narrative style, with so little dialogue, but readers (particularly young-adult readers) will find much to enjoy in the cool scientific concepts and well-described setting.

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