Saturday, September 29, 2007

Atlas Reborn: An Adventure or a Revelation?

As a science-fiction novel, Atlas Reborn deals with the usual post-apocalyptic themes handled by others of the genre. If one reads between the lines, one finds the rabbit hole deeper than it seems.

What does Atlas represent? Is he purely a product of the imagination, or the answer to the prayers of those who yearn for justice? In that sense, what is the definition of justice? Abiding by the law or amending it?

Is Atlas the story of a world reborn? Or is it the journey of man into the next step of physical superiority? As I sat down to think on those lines, I realized that I consciously or unconsciously included several allusions in the book. In this age of multinational corporations surpassing the governments, Atlas Reborn actually dwells on this trend's status in 2100 AD. The question is whether a bureaucracy-business venture is safe.

Zeus Nimrod attempts to control the opinions of the masses through his cleverly-planned programs. Donna-Jaye Warner represents the innocent bystander susceptible to biases. The bond between Ruth Thorne and her son Dennis Thorne is strong enough to dismantle armies. Now it is the turn of the reader to decide. You have the option of either dismissing it as a simple fantasy story or consider it an insight into where humanity could head.

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