Imagine growing up in the largest slum on the planet in the year 2080AD. Twenty million people are your neighbors, huddled together in an ocean of rusted dwellings made from whatever Sedonia City, the towering metropolis in the distance, decides to throw away. Gang members, known as the T99s, are the heads of your community: smuggling tech, trafficking drugs, and fighting a constant guerilla war with the City’s bio-augmented EXO police force. There is little hope for survival. None for escape to a better life beyond the half-mile high Border between city and slum. This is Matteo’s world. A bright kid, but sick and weak since childhood, he is painfully dependent on Jogun: loving older brother, and hardened soldier for the T99s. When a luxury transport from Sedonia’s aerial traffic crash-lands in Rasalla, it threatens to change Matteo and Jogun’s fate forever. And all fates are connected.
The Dwellers of Rasalla, bound by family in the scrap, ashes, and dirt.
The Citizens of Sedonia, oblivious to danger in the buzzing twilight of the Neuro-Social Revolution.
The EXOs, placing themselves in harm’s way to perform their duty to protect their homes and fellow officers.
And the Ruling Elite, whose long-buried secrets and desperate plans could spell the end of civilization…or a new beginning.
Son of Sedonia is an action-filled science fiction epic with a soul and a clear message. Its characters live, breathe, suffer, and love in their different worlds, each brought to the brink as the Third-World collides with the First. Their future could well be ours.
This book piqued my interest when I saw the cover art posted online, and when I read the price, I thought I’d give it a try.
Mr. Chaney, I want to know every time you release a book. I could not put this down. The story was personal and fast-paced; the characters had depth which was relate-able but not so far as to exclude room for readers’ imaginations; the scenery was vivid, original, and yet it was continuous in its interweaving flow with the sharp dialogue - it was simply wonderful.
“Son of Sedonia” is one of the best science fiction books I’ve had the pleasure to read since some of Ray Bradbury’s short stories. Thank you for sharing, Mr. Chaney, and I’ll be looking/hoping to read more.
This is an amazing book. Ben Chaney has a combination of literary and visual talents that are rarely found together. I am not joking when I say he is on par with Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, or Verner Vinge.
This is essentially a story about the development of key players at a turning point in the history of humanity. It has the coming-of-age elements of Enders Game, the unwitting messiah elements of Dune, and an interesting take on the future of technology and the inevitable importance of social networking in the future.
The cover art coming straight from the writer adds an interesting dimension. This is the artists vision, not some graphic designer being paid by a publisher. After reading I’m amazed at how much of the stories essence is conveyed through such a simple image. I don’t recall any cover art that does this quite as well.
I look forward to the movie, which I feel is inevitable. I also greatly look forward to Ben Chaney’s next story. He has instantly become one of my favorite sci-fi authors.
I have read the other reviews and agree with all of them. I read a wide variety of books from classics to best sellers to science fiction to murder mysteries and everything in between. This book is an outstanding read regardless of whether you are into science fiction.
The character development, plot and creative writing are exceptional. What really sets this book apart is that you never get what you expect. The twists and turns exceed any mystery I have ever read. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would be proud of Son of Sedonia’s unpredictabilty. Isaac Asimov would be enthralled by the futuristic picture the author paints and how the reader can see it so vividly.
Another fantastic feature is the book’s complexity. The science fiction setting and the technology is just part of that complexity. Its the multiple characters and the parts they play, the scene changes and their coloring, and most of all, the intricately woven story that pulls everything together even tho at times you wonder where is a particular part playing in the whole scheme. And the ending….
Please read this book! It is quite possibly the best book I have read in at least 10 years. My only wish is if there was a way to get these reviews read by many more people so they will read it and have the opportunity to be mesmerized. I will try social media outlets but this needs someone in big book review shoes to put the word out.