review-the-last-day-of-captain-lincoln

Captain Lincoln’s last day is the hardest day of his life.

An old, onetime Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln always knew that this day would come. For just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not a somber story. It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the most advanced civilization ever to exist—a society that has taken to the stars in an effort to save all that is best in humanity.

Follow Lincoln through his internal struggles, his joy in having lived, and his journey to peace.

The End is just the beginning.

www-28092016-2What I thought:

I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Well, this wasn’t what I expected! It was good, but it didn’t feel like a novel to me, more like a creative essay on mortality.

The blurb tells you everything you need to know, although I find the last line misleading. The book gives you exactly what the blurb promises, no more, no less – Captain Lincoln wakes up on his last day, and goes through his everyday life one last time.

Captain Lincoln lives aboard a spaceship headed for Earth 2. It’s several generations after the ship left Earth, and the people living on it have adapted. In fact, besides the videos and images of our Earth, the people aboard the Hope Eternal don’t really know life any other way.  Because resources and space are limited, people no longer reproduce the natural way. Eight new babies are born every five years, and to ensure that resources don’t run out, the oldest generation dies to make room for the young ones. The technology and sense of community on the ship are well described and intriguing, and exactly why I love sci-fi so much!

My favourite aspect of this book was definitely the reflection on our mortality. Any book that makes me think earns brownie points, and this one delivered! Because it’s short I got through it in only a few days, too.

Because it’s Captain Lincoln’s last day alive, there are no surprises, no cliff hangers at the end of the chapters, and no plot twists. It’s just not that kind of book. Because he realises at the beginning of the book that he doesn’t want to die, I had hoped for a bit of conflict with him trying to stop it, but nothing of the sort happened. He accepts his fate and that’s that.

I said at the beginning that this book felt more like a creative essay to me than a novel, and that’s down to several reasons. Every chapters starts with a beautiful quote on death, and throughout the author quotes and paraphrases philosophers, relevant writers and others, and when you get to the end there’s a bibliography. Scattered throughout are images which are supposed to show different parts of the book, but they didn’t work for me. I don’t think they add anything, and Lincoln looked too young for an eighty year old man in them.

So, to summarise: The Last Day of Captain Lincoln was interesting but I feel that more could have been done with it. I love that it makes you think about your mortality, and the technology and society on the ship were intriguing and believable, but because there were no surprises there was also no excitement for me. It’s simply an eighty year old man coping with his mortality and his last day alive. (I say that like it’s a small, insignificant thing… You know what I mean.)

It’s quite different and didn’t read like a novel to me, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you enjoy sci-fi and/or books that make you think I’d definitely recommend it!

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