Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Ability - Travis Hill
Author's website: www.angrygames.com
While reading through another SF Signal rss feed I came across part 1 of Ability as a free download. Before I knew it I had bought and read the second and third parts of Travis Hills' Ability. Unfortunately at the time the omnibus wasn't available.
It has been a while since I have had the 'I just cant put this down' problem. With a full-time job, partner and kids there isn't much time for reading these days. More often than not I listen to audio books while travelling to and from work. This means less time also to check out indie books as most aren't on Audible.
So what was it that I was so caught up by with Ability? At first it took me back 20 years, to a very distant past, a time well before the life I know now and then it mixed that up with the modern technology of today. For me this was a potent mix. Philip K Dick explored some of the same in his work. Altering perceptions with both technology and drugs and following humanity down that rabbit hole. Without giving anything away Travis offers up his vision of what humanity becomes when we are unlocked, enhanced.
In truth Ability reads more like it is in two parts. Parts one and two are the before and the third part is the after. If you read it in this way you will will find that the third part pays off with a wickedly grim telling of what the fall out is. I for one am hoping that Travis will write more stories in this universe, I think there is more to be told.