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It is refreshing to see a unique perspective of sci fi from a Singaporean author Overall, I loved the concept and the general idea that the author was trying to pull off Yet, I felt its execution rather lacklustre MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD One issue I had was with the story was the villain, the Concordance As the name implies, it seeks to assimilate all into its hive mind I like villains whom I could symphatise with it basically justifies their existence Yet I felt nothing of the sort with the Concordance It just was and I felt it was only there as a spice to the sci fi flavour of the book I have no idea where the Concordance came from, how it came into being, and why it does what it does Details of its origins were shoe horned near the end, by the time where every major character was involved in interdimensional travel.Which brings me to the vague world mechanics that are present in this sci fi novel It would seem these days, anything with robots, time travel, and hurr durr futureeeee is considered sci fi For me, good sci fi forces me to ponder the future of human s relationship with science, like what the Foundation series and Space Odyssey did to me Of course, I enjoy interdimensional travel as much as any other geek out there, but the way it is used in this novel is a bit pushing it It does nothing to explain how it works and why shit happens to the characters as they pass through dimensions Likewise, how and why does interdimensional travel grant the characters superpowers Speaking of shit happening, the characters in this novel are bland and underdeveloped Titus is by far one of the best developed out of the crop The others are strikingly one dimensional, making me unable to care for them Naufal was also well developed I thought he was a portrait of a Singaporean boy who had to go through Singapore s National Service as a mandatory rite of passage I could really symphatise with Naufal and his emotional antics Although near the end, I felt Naufal s potential was utterly squandered He could have seen great development near the end, yet shit happened.I d end this review by pointing out the not so subtle political and social commentary that the author was trying to convey First, the LGBT issue As homosexuality is still banned in Singapore, this book tries to be in your face about it by making the main protagonist gay and having him being chastised once his sexual orientation was found out Second, Singapore remains the only bastion of humanity in defiance of the Concordance As such, its society has had to push meritocracy and its kiasu ness to its extremes As is written, A criminal is anyone who does not contribute to our society And not just to our society, but to the survival of our species All Singaporeans are called upon to active, community oriented citizenship Anyone who presumes to behave otherwise acts against the interests of society, and is, therefore, a criminal, p 12 13 Again, not so subtle commentary on the state of affairs in contemporary Singapore.In sum, I found the book enjoyable, although I got lost sometimes in the action because of a lack of explanation on how anything works in the universe s It is indeed a nicely written sci fi novel with a Singaporean flavour, although it does have its flaws here and there If the author is reading this, keep going You have a lot of potential, improve upon it It is refreshing to see a unique perspective of sci fi from a Singaporean author Overall, I loved the concept and the general idea that the author was trying to pull off Yet, I felt its execution rather lacklustre MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD One issue I had was with the story was the villain, the Concordance As the name implies, it seeks to assimilate all into its hive mind I like villains whom I could symphatise with it basically justifies their existence Yet I felt nothing of the sort with the Concordance It just was and I felt it was only there as a spice to the sci fi flavour of the book I have no idea where the Concordance came from, how it came into being, and why it does what it does Details of its origins were shoe horned near the end, by the time where every major character was involved in interdimensional travel.Which brings me to the vague world mechanics that are present in this sci fi novel It would seem these days, anything with robots, time travel, and hurr durr futureeeee is considered sci fi For me, good sci fi forces me to ponder the future of human s relationship with science, like what the Foundation series and Space Odyssey did to me Of course, I enjoy interdimensional travel as much as any other geek out there, but the way it is used in this novel is a bit pushing it It does nothing to explain how it works and why shit happens to the characters as they pass through dimensions Likewise, how and why does interdimensional travel grant the characters superpowers Speaking of shit happening, the characters in this novel are bland and underdeveloped Titus is by far one of the best developed out of the crop The others are strikingly one dimensional, making me unable to care for them Naufal was also well developed I thought he was a portrait of a Singaporean boy who had to go through Singapore s National Service as a mandatory rite of passage I could really symphatise with Naufal and his emotional antics Although near the end, I felt Naufal s potential was utterly squandered He could have seen great development near the end, yet shit happened.I d end this review by pointing out the not so subtle political and social commentary that the author was trying to convey First, the LGBT issue As homosexuality is still banned in Singapore, this book tries to be in your face about it by making the main protagonist gay and having him being chastised once his sexual orientation was found out Second, Singapore remains the only bastion of humanity in defiance of the Concordance As such, its society has had to push meritocracy and its kiasu ness to its extremes As is written, A criminal is anyone who does not contribute to our society And not just to our society, but to the survival of our species All Singaporeans are called upon to active, community oriented citizenship Anyone who presumes to behave otherwise acts against the interests of society, and is, therefore, a criminal, p 12 13 Again, not so subtle commentary on the state of affairs in contemporary Singapore.In sum, I found the book enjoyable, although I got lost sometimes in the action because of a lack of explanation on how anything works in the universe s It is indeed a nicely written sci fi novel with a Singaporean flavour, although it does have its flaws here and there If the author is reading this, keep going You have a lot of potential, improve upon it Epub ♅ Altered Straits ☸ The Future Of All The Known Universes Hinges On A Boy Soldier And His Tenuous Connection With A MerlionIn An Alternate Filled With Mystical Creatures, Singapuran Boy Soldier Naufal Jazair Is Bonded To The Merlion Bahana And Enlisted In A War Against An Aggressive Neighbour Meanwhile, In An Apocalyptic Singapore In , SAF Officer Titus Ang Is Tasked With Entering Naufal S Universe And Retrieving A Merlion To Save The Future Of Singapore From The Concordance, A Hive Intelligence That Is Close To Consuming What Remains Of Humanity It is refreshing to see a unique perspective of sci fi from a Singaporean author Overall, I loved the concept and the general idea that the author was trying to pull off Yet, I felt its execution rather lacklustre MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD One issue I had was with the story was the villain, the Concordance As the name implies, it seeks to assimilate all into its hive mind I like villains whom I could symphatise with it basically justifies their existence Yet I felt nothing of the sort with the Concordance It just was and I felt it was only there as a spice to the sci fi flavour of the book I have no idea where the Concordance came from, how it came into being, and why it does what it does Details of its origins were shoe horned near the end, by the time where every major character was involved in interdimensional travel.Which brings me to the vague world mechanics that are present in this sci fi novel It would seem these days, anything with robots, time travel, and hurr durr futureeeee is considered sci fi For me, good sci fi forces me to ponder the future of human s relationship with science, like what the Foundation series and Space Odyssey did to me Of course, I enjoy interdimensional travel as much as any other geek out there, but the way it is used in this novel is a bit pushing it It does nothing to explain how it works and why shit happens to the characters as they pass through dimensions Likewise, how and why does interdimensional travel grant the characters superpowers Speaking of shit happening, the characters in this novel are bland and underdeveloped Titus is by far one of the best developed out of the crop The others are strikingly one dimensional, making me unable to care for them Naufal was also well developed I thought he was a portrait of a Singaporean boy who had to go through Singapore s National Service as a mandatory rite of passage I could really symphatise with Naufal and his emotional antics Although near the end, I felt Naufal s potential was utterly squandered He could have seen great development near the end, yet shit happened.I d end this review by pointing out the not so subtle political and social commentary that the author was trying to convey First, the LGBT issue As homosexuality is still banned in Singapore, this book tries to be in your face about it by making the main protagonist gay and having him being chastised once his sexual orientation was found out Second, Singapore remains the only bastion of humanity in defiance of the Concordance As such, its society has had to push meritocracy and its kiasu ness to its extremes As is written, A criminal is anyone who does not contribute to our society And not just to our society, but to the survival of our species All Singaporeans are called upon to active, community oriented citizenship Anyone who presumes to behave otherwise acts against the interests of society, and is, therefore, a criminal, p 12 13 Again, not so subtle commentary on the state of affairs in contemporary Singapore.In sum, I found the book enjoyable, although I got lost sometimes in the action because of a lack of explanation on how anything works in the universe s It is indeed a nicely written sci fi novel with a Singaporean flavour, although it does have its flaws here and there If the author is reading this, keep going You have a lot of potential, improve upon it It is refreshing to see a unique perspective of sci fi from a Singaporean author Overall, I loved the concept and the general idea that the author was trying to pull off Yet, I felt its execution rather lacklustre MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD One issue I had was with the story was the villain, the Concordance As the name implies, it seeks to assimilate all into its hive mind I like villains whom I could symphatise with it basically justifies their existence Yet I felt nothing of the sort with the Concordance It just was and I felt it was only there as a spice to the sci fi flavour of the book I have no idea where the Concordance came from, how it came into being, and why it does what it does Details of its origins were shoe horned near the end, by the time where every major character was involved in interdimensional travel.Which brings me to the vague world mechanics that are present in this sci fi novel It would seem these days, anything with robots, time travel, and hurr durr futureeeee is considered sci fi For me, good sci fi forces me to ponder the future of human s relationship with science, like what the Foundation series and Space Odyssey did to me Of course, I enjoy interdimensional travel as much as any other geek out there, but the way it is used in this novel is a bit pushing it It does nothing to explain how it works and why shit happens to the characters as they pass through dimensions Likewise, how and why does interdimensional travel grant the characters superpowers Speaking of shit happening, the characters in this novel are bland and underdeveloped Titus is by far one of the best developed out of the crop The others are strikingly one dimensional, making me unable to care for them Naufal was also well developed I thought he was a portrait of a Singaporean boy who had to go through Singapore s National Service as a mandatory rite of passage I could really symphatise with Naufal and his emotional antics Although near the end, I felt Naufal s potential was utterly squandered He could have seen great development near the end, yet shit happened.I d end this review by pointing out the not so subtle political and social commentary that the author was trying to convey First, the LGBT issue As homosexuality is still banned in Singapore, this book tries to be in your face about it by making the main protagonist gay and having him being chastised once his sexual orientation was found out Second, Singapore remains the only bastion of humanity in defiance of the Concordance As such, its society has had to push meritocracy and its kiasu ness to its extremes As is written, A criminal is anyone who does not contribute to our society And not just to our society, but to the survival of our species All Singaporeans are called upon to active, community oriented citizenship Anyone who presumes to behave otherwise acts against the interests of society, and is, therefore, a criminal, p 12 13 Again, not so subtle commentary on the state of affairs in contemporary Singapore.In sum, I found the book enjoyable, although I got lost sometimes in the action because of a lack of explanation on how anything works in the universe s It is indeed a nicely written sci fi novel with a Singaporean flavour, although it does have its flaws here and there If the author is reading this, keep going You have a lot of potential, improve upon it It is refreshing to see a unique perspective of sci fi from a Singaporean author Overall, I loved the concept and the general idea that the author was trying to pull off Yet, I felt its execution rather lacklustre MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD One issue I had was with the story was the villain, the Concordance As the name implies, it seeks to assimilate all into its hive mind I like villains whom I could symphatise with it basically justifies their existence Yet I felt nothing of the sort with the Concordance It just was and I felt it was only there as a spice to the sci fi flavour of the book I have no idea where the Concordance came from, how it came into being, and why it does what it does Details of its origins were shoe horned near the end, by the time where every major character was involved in interdimensional travel.Which brings me to the vague world mechanics that are present in this sci fi novel It would seem these days, anything with robots, time travel, and hurr durr futureeeee is considered sci fi For me, good sci fi forces me to ponder the future of human s relationship with science, like what the Foundation series and Space Odyssey did to me Of course, I enjoy interdimensional travel as much as any other geek out there, but the way it is used in this novel is a bit pushing it It does nothing to explain how it works and why shit happens to the characters as they pass through dimensions Likewise, how and why does interdimensional travel grant the characters superpowers Speaking of shit happening, the characters in this novel are bland and underdeveloped Titus is by far one of the best developed out of the crop The others are strikingly one dimensional, making me unable to care for them Naufal was also well developed I thought he was a portrait of a Singaporean boy who had to go through Singapore s National Service as a mandatory rite of passage I could really symphatise with Naufal and his emotional antics Although near the end, I felt Naufal s potential was utterly squandered He could have seen great development near the end, yet shit happened.I d end this review by pointing out the not so subtle political and social commentary that the author was trying to convey First, the LGBT issue As homosexuality is still banned in Singapore, this book tries to be in your face about it by making the main protagonist gay and having him being chastised once his sexual orientation was found out Second, Singapore remains the only bastion of humanity in defiance of the Concordance As such, its society has had to push meritocracy and its kiasu ness to its extremes As is written, A criminal is anyone who does not contribute to our society And not just to our society, but to the survival of our species All Singaporeans are called upon to active, community oriented citizenship Anyone who presumes to behave otherwise acts against the interests of society, and is, therefore, a criminal, p 12 13 Again, not so subtle commentary on the state of affairs in contemporary Singapore.In sum, I found the book enjoyable, although I got lost sometimes in the action because of a lack of explanation on how anything works in the universe s It is indeed a nicely written sci fi novel with a Singaporean flavour, although it does have its flaws here and there If the author is reading this, keep going You have a lot of potential, improve upon it It is refreshing to see a unique perspective of sci fi from a Singaporean author Overall, I loved the concept and the general idea that the author was trying to pull off Yet, I felt its execution rather lacklustre MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD One issue I had was with the story was the villain, the Concordance As the name implies, it seeks to assimilate all into its hive mind I like villains whom I could symphatise with it basically justifies their existence Yet I felt nothing of the sort with the Concordance It just was and I felt it was only there as a spice to the sci fi flavour of the book I have no idea where the Concordance came from, how it came into being, and why it does what it does Details of its origins were shoe horned near the end, by the time where every major character was involved in interdimensional travel.Which brings me to the vague world mechanics that are present in this sci fi novel It would seem these days, anything with robots, time travel, and hurr durr futureeeee is considered sci fi For me, good sci fi forces me to ponder the future of human s relationship with science, like what the Foundation series and Space Odyssey did to me Of course, I enjoy interdimensional travel as much as any other geek out there, but the way it is used in this novel is a bit pushing it It does nothing to explain how it works and why shit happens to the characters as they pass through dimensions Likewise, how and why does interdimensional travel grant the characters superpowers Speaking of shit happening, the characters in this novel are bland and underdeveloped Titus is by far one of the best developed out of the crop The others are strikingly one dimensional, making me unable to care for them Naufal was also well developed I thought he was a portrait of a Singaporean boy who had to go through Singapore s National Service as a mandatory rite of passage I could really symphatise with Naufal and his emotional antics Although near the end, I felt Naufal s potential was utterly squandered He could have seen great development near the end, yet shit happened.I d end this review by pointing out the not so subtle political and social commentary that the author was trying to convey First, the LGBT issue As homosexuality is still banned in Singapore, this book tries to be in your face about it by making the main protagonist gay and having him being chastised once his sexual orientation was found out Second, Singapore remains the only bastion of humanity in defiance of the Concordance As such, its society has had to push meritocracy and its kiasu ness to its extremes As is written, A criminal is anyone who does not contribute to our society And not just to our society, but to the survival of our species All Singaporeans are called upon to active, community oriented citizenship Anyone who presumes to behave otherwise acts against the interests of society, and is, therefore, a criminal, p 12 13 Again, not so subtle commentary on the state of affairs in contemporary Singapore.In sum, I found the book enjoyable, although I got lost sometimes in the action because of a lack of explanation on how anything works in the universe s It is indeed a nicely written sci fi novel with a Singaporean flavour, although it does have its flaws here and there If the author is reading this, keep going You have a lot of potential, improve upon it It is refreshing to see a unique perspective of sci fi from a Singaporean author Overall, I loved the concept and the general idea that the author was trying to pull off Yet, I felt its execution rather lacklustre MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD One issue I had was with the story was the villain, the Concordance As the name implies, it seeks to assimilate all into its hive mind I like villains whom I could symphatise with it basically justifies their existence Yet I felt nothing of the sort with the Concordance It just was and I felt it was only there as a spice to the sci fi flavour of the book I have no idea where the Concordance came from, how it came into being, and why it does what it does Details of its origins were shoe horned near the end, by the time where every major character was involved in interdimensional travel.Which brings me to the vague world mechanics that are present in this sci fi novel It would seem these days, anything with robots, time travel, and hurr durr futureeeee is considered sci fi For me, good sci fi forces me to ponder the future of human s relationship with science, like what the Foundation series and Space Odyssey did to me Of course, I enjoy interdimensional travel as much as any other geek out there, but the way it is used in this novel is a bit pushing it It does nothing to explain how it works and why shit happens to the characters as they pass through dimensions Likewise, how and why does interdimensional travel grant the characters superpowers Speaking of shit happening, the characters in this novel are bland and underdeveloped Titus is by far one of the best developed out of the crop The others are strikingly one dimensional, making me unable to care for them Naufal was also well developed I thought he was a portrait of a Singaporean boy who had to go through Singapore s National Service as a mandatory rite of passage I could really symphatise with Naufal and his emotional antics Although near the end, I felt Naufal s potential was utterly squandered He could have seen great development near the end, yet shit happened.I d end this review by pointing out the not so subtle political and social commentary that the author was trying to convey First, the LGBT issue As homosexuality is still banned in Singapore, this book tries to be in your face about it by making the main protagonist gay and having him being chastised once his sexual orientation was found out Second, Singapore remains the only bastion of humanity in defiance of the Concordance As such, its society has had to push meritocracy and its kiasu ness to its extremes As is written, A criminal is anyone who does not contribute to our society And not just to our society, but to the survival of our species All Singaporeans are called upon to active, community oriented citizenship Anyone who presumes to behave otherwise acts against the interests of society, and is, therefore, a criminal, p 12 13 Again, not so subtle commentary on the state of affairs in contemporary Singapore.In sum, I found the book enjoyable, although I got lost sometimes in the action because of a lack of explanation on how anything works in the universe s It is indeed a nicely written sci fi novel with a Singaporean flavour, although it does have its flaws here and there If the author is reading this, keep going You have a lot of potential, improve upon it It is refreshing to see a unique perspective of sci fi from a Singaporean author Overall, I loved the concept and the general idea that the author was trying to pull off Yet, I felt its execution rather lacklustre MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD One issue I had was with the story was the villain, the Concordance As the name implies, it seeks to assimilate all into its hive mind I like villains whom I could symphatise with it basically justifies their existence Yet I felt nothing of the sort with the Concordance It just was and I felt it was only there as a spice to the sci fi flavour of the book I have no idea where the Concordance came from, how it came into being, and why it does what it does Details of its origins were shoe horned near the end, by the time where every major character was involved in interdimensional travel.Which brings me to the vague world mechanics that are present in this sci fi novel It would seem these days, anything with robots, time travel, and hurr durr futureeeee is considered sci fi For me, good sci fi forces me to ponder the future of human s relationship with science, like what the Foundation series and Space Odyssey did to me Of course, I enjoy interdimensional travel as much as any other geek out there, but the way it is used in this novel is a bit pushing it It does nothing to explain how it works and why shit happens to the characters as they pass through dimensions Likewise, how and why does interdimensional travel grant the characters superpowers Speaking of shit happening, the characters in this novel are bland and underdeveloped Titus is by far one of the best developed out of the crop The others are strikingly one dimensional, making me unable to care for them Naufal was also well developed I thought he was a portrait of a Singaporean boy who had to go through Singapore s National Service as a mandatory rite of passage I could really symphatise with Naufal and his emotional antics Although near the end, I felt Naufal s potential was utterly squandered He could have seen great development near the end, yet shit happened.I d end this review by pointing out the not so subtle political and social commentary that the author was trying to convey First, the LGBT issue As homosexuality is still banned in Singapore, this book tries to be in your face about it by making the main protagonist gay and having him being chastised once his sexual orientation was found out Second, Singapore remains the only bastion of humanity in defiance of the Concordance As such, its society has had to push meritocracy and its kiasu ness to its extremes As is written, A criminal is anyone who does not contribute to our society And not just to our society, but to the survival of our species All Singaporeans are called upon to active, community oriented citizenship Anyone who presumes to behave otherwise acts against the interests of society, and is, therefore, a criminal, p 12 13 Again, not so subtle commentary on the state of affairs in contemporary Singapore.In sum, I found the book enjoyable, although I got lost sometimes in the action because of a lack of explanation on how anything works in the universe s It is indeed a nicely written sci fi novel with a Singaporean flavour, although it does have its flaws here and there If the author is reading this, keep going You have a lot of potential, improve upon it It is refreshing to see a unique perspective of sci fi from a Singaporean author Overall, I loved the concept and the general idea that the author was trying to pull off Yet, I felt its execution rather lacklustre MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD One issue I had was with the story was the villain, the Concordance As the name implies, it seeks to assimilate all into its hive mind I like villains whom I could symphatise with it basically justifies their existence Yet I felt nothing of the sort with the Concordance It just was and I felt it was only there as a spice to the sci fi flavour of the book I have no idea where the Concordance came from, how it came into being, and why it does what it does Details of its origins were shoe horned near the end, by the time where every major character was involved in interdimensional travel.Which brings me to the vague world mechanics that are present in this sci fi novel It would seem these days, anything with robots, time travel, and hurr durr futureeeee is considered sci fi For me, good sci fi forces me to ponder the future of human s relationship with science, like what the Foundation series and Space Odyssey did to me Of course, I enjoy interdimensional travel as much as any other geek out there, but the way it is used in this novel is a bit pushing it It does nothing to explain how it works and why shit happens to the characters as they pass through dimensions Likewise, how and why does interdimensional travel grant the characters superpowers Speaking of shit happening, the characters in this novel are bland and underdeveloped Titus is by far one of the best developed out of the crop The others are strikingly one dimensional, making me unable to care for them Naufal was also well developed I thought he was a portrait of a Singaporean boy who had to go through Singapore s National Service as a mandatory rite of passage I could really symphatise with Naufal and his emotional antics Although near the end, I felt Naufal s potential was utterly squandered He could have seen great development near the end, yet shit happened.I d end this review by pointing out the not so subtle political and social commentary that the author was trying to convey First, the LGBT issue As homosexuality is still banned in Singapore, this book tries to be in your face about it by making the main protagonist gay and having him being chastised once his sexual orientation was found out Second, Singapore remains the only bastion of humanity in defiance of the Concordance As such, its society has had to push meritocracy and its kiasu ness to its extremes As is written, A criminal is anyone who does not contribute to our society And not just to our society, but to the survival of our species All Singaporeans are called upon to active, community oriented citizenship Anyone who presumes to behave otherwise acts against the interests of society, and is, therefore, a criminal, p 12 13 Again, not so subtle commentary on the state of affairs in contemporary Singapore.In sum, I found the book enjoyable, although I got lost sometimes in the action because of a lack of explanation on how anything works in the universe s It is indeed a nicely written sci fi novel with a Singaporean flavour, although it does have its flaws here and there If the author is reading this, keep going You have a lot of potential, improve upon it