Meant for Greater Things by John Mickus
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Jasper Joyce is an adorably awkward geek who's trying to change the world. It's clear from the beginning that he doesn't quite fit into society, but it's not entirely clear why. After all, he seems like a pretty smart guy - he works with lasers and satellites and reads really difficult books about physics and solar panels. He enjoys hiking and taking pictures. Yet on the other hand, he needs to coach himself constantly to be able to interact with people properly and to pass a job interview and seems incapable of going grocery shopping. Meeting women - especially a very attractive one like Violet Downing - is a whole other challenge.
Meant for Greater Things is a bit of a draggy read - up until the middle of the book, I was still wondering where it was going. It was maybe somewhere about 2/3rds in to the book that some things started to get clarified a little. I suppose that's one of the reasons why I tend not to prefer stories written in the first person - it limits what the author can reveal at any given time, and when things take a long time to unfold, the reader is left hanging. (I'm impatient. I want the characters to TELL ME ALREADY.)
Overall though, Mickus' debut novel is an interesting soft(ish) science fiction read. It cycles a little around time travel and efficient energy systems, satellite tech and software coding, but is not too tech heavy that you get lost in details.
* I was gifted a copy of this ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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