Our Future Good takes place in the not-too-distant future. This is an adventure story that also tells you where our technology is headed and what new challenges we will soon be forced to face.
Mary and Joe are young people just graduating from their General Lessons. It is time for them to go to their first Project Day and choose the first Project they will to join. Mary wants desperately to get her boyfriend, Joe, to join her in the NutriSuit Project, but Joe wants just as desperately to do a Journalist Project because a major event is happening and Joe has an opportunity to play an important role.
A space colony called L5Pilgrim is trying to break away from the established ISS (International Space Station) and form their own weightless community. There is a fierce objection by the international community. People in power at ISS are meeting to approve an invasion of the station so they can return it to normal. However, some of the leaders at ISS who are against the colony have their own devious desires for the rebellious space station.
Both Joe and Mary eventually accept the challenge of getting into the rebel community to report on what is happening in an effort to see if they can help end the conflict peacefully, since the invasion is imminent.
This is a story of their adventure and what eventually happens. Throughout the story, a picture is painted of our life on Earth and in space in the not-too-distant future. How homes are designed, how robots evolve, life in space, and lots of other things are described. Also described are the unavoidable major new challenges we will have created with our advancing technology.
What happens in this exciting story and what finally results will surprise you.
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I loved loved loved this book--was the perfect package of romance, great narration, engaging story, something I've never read before, suspense, protagonist does the right thing, overall awesome, unique book.
I probably enjoyed most the fact that the story was set so far in the future. I enjoyed the author's creative mind. It also would not have been the same without Simon Vance narrating.
I loved the banter between Mary and Joe. I also loved how the author describes how our homes would be like in the future.
Anyhting sounded good as long as Simon Vance was speaking it!
Good YA sci-fi novella. Kept my interest as we walked through sort of a day in the life of Joe and Mary as they get ready to pick their careers and start their future together.
It felt very much like classic sci-fi in both the good and the not so good. The good in that it has the elements I love about sci-fi: solid concepts, interesting world-building, and fun talk of the future tech. The not so good was that it felt a bit dated. I think the big part of that was in the character names - Joe, Mary, Larry, Sam. At times it just felt as though I was reading a book from the 50s with a look at sci-fi from that perspective instead of from the present.
The narration by Simon Vance was fabulous as always.
Yes as long as they would not mind a story with a strong belief included in it. I personally enjoy books with something that you have to think about.
I have yet to be disappointed in anything that Simon Vance does.
Did not expect the ending. Was expecting something else there. Nice character creation and world building.
Disclosure: I received this audiobook from the publisher.
First, a confession: I'm normally not a novella/short story fan. I like my audiobooks long and meaty ;-) But when offered an opportunity to listen to a futuristic sci-fi novella narrated by the very talented Simon Vance, I couldn't pass it up!
This audiobook is just under three hours long. The story itself is very interesting and once I started listening, I didn't want to stop. It takes place in the not-so-distant future and focuses on protagonists Joe and Mary and their subsequent adventure. The book walks through their day to day life in detail, and describes not yet invented technologies and capabilities in a way that made me wish I was there. I felt the same kind of wonder I used to experience as a kid watching The Jetsons or Apollo launches. Kirby's story reminds one of the promise of the future and its technology.
Simon Vance's narration is, as always, top notch. He voices the various characters in a way that made me forget there was just one narrator! He brought a light tone and the perfect cadence: Vance and this sci-fi adventure story make a great pair. Recommended.
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