Zackery Alexander Humphreys
Reviewed by R. Murry
My knowledge of Science Fiction is limited. This genre is not the first thing I look for when I look for reading material. However, Zackery’s Epsilon may have enticed me to read another of his books and put SciFi books on my shelf.
My reference was minimal. Thoughts of Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thrillers and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 came to mind when I was reading Epsilon. In 451, a main character Clarisse asks another, Montag, if he’s happy. He is a fireman who burns books for society, which is used to suppress dissenting ideas in that novel.
Mr. Humphreys’ Epsilon, a well written novel, entails both Hitchcock’s psychological thrills and Bradbury’s theme of suppressing ideas. However, he is not a Hitchcock or a Bradbury – Who is? He could be if he keeps on with his writing, although I’m no fortune teller.
Violence, murder, crime, and psychological twists are prevalent in this story of a man named ALN-896 who is taken from his beloved city called Epsilon and put in prison. He has no idea why – murder?
Life in his new environment is different from his beloved Espilon, where unbeknownst to him, he and society’s ideas were suppressed. In prison, his ideas are not, but his survival is. Now, he has friends and is called Alan. Problem is Espilon’s society sets up situations that have one conclusion in mind – all prisoners must die, because they broke laws like loving a women or reading a book, which their society disallowed.
If you like fight scenes, Zackery’s novel produces one that is up there with the Roman gladiator events. Although in Epsilon’s prison, their victors don’t walk away. They live to die another day.
The reader will feel the psychological effects of this novel and ponder the "What if?" Therefore, I give this novel thumbs up. No pun intended.
Zackery’s links are below his interview: