I just finished reading Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos and it was a really great science fiction story. I couldn’t put the book down and had the final chapter completed the day after starting it. I may have selfishly given the older kids an extra hour of screen time Saturday morning in order to finish the book.
The book was a recommendation that came up during a discussion about how easy e-readers have made it so easy to buy and ready books. More importantly it has also made it easier for independent authors to self-publish. There are a lot of wonderful stories being told by talented authors that now have a way to extend their audience. I’m very pleased that Marko Kloos has been able to tell this particular story and has already planned on releasing the follow-up book in a planned three-part series this upcoming May 2013.
Terms of Enlistment is a science fiction story that does (in my opinion) exactly what good science fiction should do. It draws the reader into a great story and also examines the human condition (even if just a bit). GeekDad approved.
The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service.