Review of The Stars My Destination

June 21, 2018 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review of The Stars My DestinationThe Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
Published by Tantor Audio on 12/5/17
Length: 8:27
Genres: Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
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In this pulse-quickening novel, Alfred Bester imagines a future in which people "jaunte" a thousand miles with a single thought, where the rich barricade themselves in labyrinths and protect themselves with radioactive hit men - and where an inarticulate outcast is the most valuable and dangerous man alive. The Stars My Destination is a classic of technological prophecy and timeless narrative enchantment by an acknowledged master of science fiction.

This is a really compelling story of a man in the future who is stranded upon a wrecked spaceship and is passed over and not saved. He manages to be rescued later and spends the book on a quest of revenge against the ship who passed him by. An interesting part of this world is for people to “jaunt”, or teleport to different parts of the world by their mind.

Overall the story was interesting and compelling. Gully Foyle is a very interesting, morally-challenged character who changes immensely from start to end. The story is unfortunately a bit dated and a product of its time. Probably the worst example is a man who is permanently radioactive, which is interesting since this book was written after mankind knew about radiation sickness. But also how people would insult each other to their face with no repercussions, the emphasis on females’ place in society, etc. Never-the-less, its not too hard to overlook the dated features and focus on the excellent story within.

The narrator did a pretty good job except for the next-to-last chapter, that one had me reaching for the fast forward.

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