I am a huge fan of diversity within established genres, especially sci-fi. Flash Back is a subtle yet welcome deviation from the realm of space ships, robots, and laser guns.
Set in the very near future, I do admit to raising an eyebrow at some of the author’s predictions. I can accept that in ten years we might have the technology to regenerate ourselves on a cellular level and cybernetic implants are already in use as treatment for medical conditions, but I am not quite convinced that we as a nation will end poverty within the next century, let alone the next decade.
Charley was a fascinating character. On many levels, I related to her thoughts and concerns about growing complacent with life as middle age sets in and I’ve often had the same worries about making memories vs simply existing. I have to wonder which path I would choose if the option of regeneration was open to me. Honestly, I’d likely go for the cybernetics, and I think that’s what I loved most about this story: it made me think.
I read often and I read almost exclusively for pleasure. While there are many intelligent sci-fi and fantasy books that have given me reason to pause and consider my worldviews, few have given me the same level of introspection as this tale. In a way, the ending (which I will not spoil) is brilliant in the manner in which it addresses the reader. Highly recommended to readers of any genre.
C. McMullen November 7, 2015