by B. R. Freemont
published by Two Harbors
Why Read?: Review
B. R. Freemont takes a unique approach to storytelling in Of Time and Place, a novel firmly set in a scarily realistic future, but partly told through flashbacks - that are still in the future.
The mid-21st century has seen a global energy crisis like no one could have imagined. Travel is severely limited with only the privileged and government able to afford electric cars. After being in the thick of things at the Federal Energy Department, James Lendeman now finds himself living in Savannah but still working for the government - this time as a contractor. Through flashbacks, James's life leading up to his installment in Savannah is told, but his life continues moving forward.
Freemont really takes his time telling James's story which allows the reader to truly become immersed in James's world - both his past and his present. However, this slows the pace of the tale, making for a very long read. Yet Freemont's writing warrants a leisurely pace as Of Time and Place is rich with intricate details not to be missed and warning of a future that is all too possible.
Of Time and Place truly shows B. R. Freemont's strong storytelling abilities. However, those looking for a fast-paced, action-packed sci-fi will probably prefer to pass.