Item description for Vigil's End : Book One of the Ninth Day of Man by Grant Macaw...
Young adults will explore the meaning of the universe in this futuristic story of one humanoid's valiant attempt to revive the human race 600 years after its extinction. When the 100,000 survivors of a disastrous asteroid collision die from a deadly virus in AD 2305, humankind's only hope of survival is the parting instructions from Joe, a human master, to Samuel, one of the early humanoids (human-like robots). The story opens 600 years later, when Samuel is both smart and technologically advanced enough to attempt re-inception---the ignition of the spark of life into his former human masters' bodies. While Samuel and the humanoids strive to fulfill Joe's last wishes, underlying themes consider the makeup of human life, the possibilities of biotechnology, and whether humans are the creators or the victims of their universe.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Oct 30, 2005
Publisher DNA Press
ISBN 1933255137 ISBN13 9781933255132
Reviews - What do customers think about Vigil's End : Book One of the Ninth Day of Man?
A great read, a great concept Oct 7, 2006
Based on recent headlines, you might wonder, at times, if it would be a good idea to wipe the slate clean and start civilization all over again. Well, if you've ever thought along those lines, you may change your mind after reading Vigil's End by Grant Macaw. The destruction of the Earth's biosphere and the end of all humanity ... you have to stop and think for a moment about the enormity of such an event!
Grant Macaw has thought about it and he brings this horrific world into focus in Book One of the Ninth Day of Man. The universe is a dangerous place, full of titanic forces beyond our control and from which we can only run and hide. Deep in a sanctuary designed to escape these forces the last remnant of human civilization survives below the surface of an Earth shrouded in a black, toxic, atmosphere.
600 years have past since multiple asteroid collisions wiped out all life on the surface and the guardians of the sanctuary have watched and waited for the time when conditions would be right to return life to the surface. What were once instructions passed down from the days of the catastrophe have now become legend; but will that day ever come? Can someone be found with the courage to take up the task of restoring what once was? Would that even be a wise or proper aspiration?
These questions are dealt with as the fires of humanity are rekindled in an enjoyable tale suitable for anyone who reads for the pure love of it. I enjoyed the plot that unfolded carefully like an intricate flower. This book is a good recommendation for the young adult reader and may be enjoyed by any fan of science fiction.
Reviewed by Hugh Mannfield at stormbold.com.
Great Book, Engaging and Emotional Mar 7, 2006
So the story sets up like this, Mankind sees that a large "Global Killer" asteroid is coming and has a number of years to prepare for it. This in a timeframe just a few dozen years from now so there is no technology that can save the planet or lift the population out of harms way. So the idea is to dig and dig deep. A large underground complex is built to house a large population of humans and like the story of Noah's Ark with a modern twist, DNA samples of as many animals, plants, viruses and bacteria are collected for the future use of mankind after the planet becomes habitable again. This is called Sanctuary.
The book starts 600 years after the asteroids impact, all life in Earth is gone and Sanctuary has changed.
The author, Grant Macaw while not entirely new to writing, this is his first major publication and while I like to try new authors from time to time we all know that it can be a hit or miss proposition. But having met the author, I decided to give the book a try.
The story is well written story, it's easy to read and the story flows from chapter to chapter. The book is what I would call an intellectual story. Written in the fashion of Isaac Asimov who was an extremely intelligent man himself, his writings often reflected his back ground in science. It's the same with Grant Macaw and Vigil's End, the story dives into a few heady subjects, but the author does a great job explaining these things so the reader is not ever lost as to what is going on. But you can clearly see Macaw's background in military intelligence, strategic planning and space operations coming out in his writing.
The story is very engaging, so much so that you can't help but wonder what is going to happen next and that to me is a good sign that you are reading a good book and I found myself going through an interesting range of emotions while reading the story. To the realization that mother Earth is dead and the thoughts and feelings that brings because it's all gone, all of Human history is gone. None of it all seemed to matter because its all gone, the Earth as the cradle of human civilization has been destroyed along with every single life form that we shared this planet with are all gone. It's a sobering thought and one that brings a level of sadness to the reader that helps engage him in the story as you really want to see how things are going to turn out.
I very much recommend this book to any Sci-Fi fan, you wont be disappointed.