BOOK REVIEW: Theme Planet by Andy Remic
Posted by montoc1701 on January 14, 2012
It’s better than sex! It’s better than drugs! If you haven’t been sick yet, you soon will be…
Welcome to Theme Planet, an entire alien world dedicated to insane rides, excessive hedonism and dangerous adventure.
Operated by the Monolith Corporation, Theme Planet is the No. 1 destination for fun-seeking human holidaymakers Galaxy-Wide! Amba Miskalov is an Anarchy Android, an assassin/torture model fitted with a Quantell Systems v4.7 KillChip. She is beautiful, merciless and deadly, and blends perfectly with her human superiors. Sent to Theme Planet on a dangerous assassination mission, Amba stumbles upon a plot to undermine and destroy Earth’s all-powerful Oblivion Government and its Ministers of Joy. But Amba is twisted, damaged and decadent and this rebellion poses Amba a problem: to remain loyal to her creators and tormentors, to support the enemy or annihilate them all.
It is the future and the questions that plague humans have changed very little, they have just been applied in a different way. If you create artificial humans, will they have souls? And do aliens and robots have souls? In this future, robots with Artificial Intelligence and alien life forms are accepted as being equivalent to humans. Androids (artificial humans) are grown in vats and genetically vastly improved over the average human and fully programmable and used as soldiers, drudges, assassins and spies are thought to have no souls. Loathed by normal humans and when discovered out of their few allocated roles are usually shot on sight. Oddly, with the cosmetic and medical gene surgery most humans have undergone by this time, there is little real difference between most androids and humans. Until you come to Anarchy Androids that is, grown to be the most ruthless assassins.
Combine the above with the concept that there is nothing more important to your family than a holiday spent together in the most exciting place you can take them and you get Andy Remic’s “Theme Planet”. You might think that the possibilities of such a planet would be explored in depth, but while they are touched on within the plot, it isn’t the themes and rides that comes to the fore. This is an adventure novel with a twist.
Dexter Colls, a London policeman on this future earth, is nagged by his wife and two children to go to the Theme Planet, the number one destination for holiday makers within the galaxy and finally, reluctantly and regretfully agrees. Unknown to Dex, Amba Miskolov an Anarchy Android has an assassination mission on the same planet, and events connected to her assignment, and the real reasons behind his family’s holiday, will change his life forever.
Dex only learns something is wrong when, after finally started to enjoy himself, family is abducted with the threat that he must leave the planet or else. Yet he knows as a policeman, to leave the planet as order is mostly likely to result in their deaths. He realises he must rescue them himself and take on the whole planet by himself.
A fast paced book and is easy to read, yet you might find yourself mulling over the moral aspects of war, hatred and racial prejudice. There are several great twists in the plot that will probably come as much of a surprise to you, as they did to me.
This is a good book and well worth the read.
GS Rating: 5/5
GS Reporter: whatotherway, Montoya