Author: Garry Abbott
Genre: Science Fiction
Following an unfortunate incident involving a delivery drone, a fishing net, and a very tall tree; Raif Masters finds himself forced by his overprotective alpha parents to spend his last school holiday exploring extraterrestrial worlds in ‘The Great Connection’: a real-time simulation of the observable universe, rendered into virtual reality home entertainment.
But Raif, a “child of three”, is not alone. Terry, bound to the service of the Masters family, is looking forward to a very early retirement after one last summer looking after his young charge.
Together they meet Cinder, a fellow simunaught who is seeking a crew to share a secret discovery from the other side of the galaxy that could change the life of the Masters, and the future of the Earth, forever.
But are some discoveries best left unconnected?
I asked virtual reality glasses for Christmas. I got socks instead, but at least I could enjoy virtual reality in some form through The Great Connection: Worlds in Waiting. Imagine that you can travel to the end of the observable universe from the comfort of your living room. That’s the concept of this book, and it’s rather interesting. The characters are likeable, and you get a real sense of their changing relationships as the story goes on.