(Book review) Logic’s End


Reviewed bySam Guinsatao, a professional writing major at Taylor University.

 


Introduction

Title: Logic’s End

Author: Keith A. Robinson

PublisherTate Publishing and Enterprises, LLC

Publication Date2007

FormatPrint Book

Length306 pages

OVERVIEW

     If there was one thing I enjoyed about Logic’s End, it was Keith A. Robinson’s attention to each pertinent alien character’s detail. Although the initial introduction of a thriving ensemble cast is a bit disorienting, Robinson quickly delineates the aliens with such intricacy that they soon become clear pictures in the reader’s mind, their quirky personas fitting the physical mold. On top of this, the alien world–along with its clan systems, its bloody history, and the mantra of “Power to the strong, and death to the weak”–is all vividly structured, each aspect crafted to intrigue a reader ready to delve into another world.

     With that said, the protagonist, a staunch atheistic human scientist, is often dragged along this astronomical trek, her character rather bland in comparison to the bizarre supporting cast. I found it difficult to sympathize with her until she was thrust into frightening near-death situations, which didn’t occur until closer to halfway through the book. Although the pacing during the action scenes kept me engaged, there are a few parts in the plot where it should have slowed down, but instead often rushed through characterization scenes where the theme of the story could have been made more evident. However, Logic’s End plot and message play off each other seamlessly, conveying a powerful lesson about retaining a sense of curiosity and about nurturing all one loves and holds dear and hopes for.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

3 stars

Suggested Audience

 Science fiction and post-apocalyptic survival lovers of all ages. Highly recommended for those who are just testing the waters of sci-fi, as there is comparably less pseudo-science than most novels of the genre. Also, for those who enjoy fast-paced action, grueling combat, and characters with specialized dynamics, Robinson sets the stage for some quality fights and chase scenes.

Christian Impact

Robinson decries the issue of evolution that pervades not only the secular community, but also greatly disparages the Christian worldview. Logic’s End addresses macro-evolution and Theistic Evolution in simplistic and step-by-step logical methods. Through the interactions of the staunch atheistic scientist protagonist and the curious ferret alien, Prin, the iron-clad beliefs are quickly set upon the chopping block. Robinson leaves his readers with questions rather than answers, respecting their intellects to enable them to draw their own conclusions.

Other Notes: The ancient journal entries Rebecca takes a moment to indulge in are boring. They bring nothing to the story except exposition we already know and have previously experienced firsthand through her. If the story delved more into Rebecca’s personal feelings and trauma with the events rather than reiterating an obvious timeline, the author would have succeeded in characterizing Rebecca more.



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