Book Review: The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein

Teleportation is the safest form of transportation.

Book Rating

4/5

Book Review

Wow! I am blown away by The Punch Escrow. This is, self described, as a “hard” science fiction novel. I think, after reading this and Dark Matter, I am a “hard” sci fi fan. I have loved both of the hard sci fi books I have read so far! I need more!

This book is definitely a lot to take in. It’s a whole new world, with a completely different technology and a whole bunch of changes. Luckily, there are handy footnotes in the book that explain a lot of it in more detail. It’s bascially glimpsing into a realistic and fun-to-imagine future. Klein has thought out every single aspect of this version of our future world in such excruciating detail, I am seriously impressed!

One major change in the future Klein built is teleportation. The book revolves around this and (I don’t count this a spoiler because it is in the inside cover) the main character, Joel, gets duplicated due to teleportation. Whoops! Huge accident there! You follow the characters as they try to figure out what exactly happened–and how to remedy it.

The only reason I took one star away is because sometimes it got just a bit too technical for my taste–and I’m new to science fiction so maybe this is just something I need to get used to, but the footnotes sometimes seemed a bit too much detail. I ignored some of them and read on with probably the same amount of understanding. I also wish I could have seen a bit more out of Joel’s wife. Her character wasn’t developed quite as well as I wanted her to be and she never really became “real” to me. It seemed like so much attention was devoted to Joel and the overall world that the remaining characters were more afterthoughts.

I don’t want to give away too many details or spoil anything, but I definitely suggest you read this book! Pick it up, and then let me know what you think of it, because I’d love to chat with someone about it.

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