How much would you give for a ticket to Paradise? How much would you give for the chance to start anew, without the stresses and strains of modern life? John Carlton and his family just won the trip of a lifetime and they can't wait to get started in the brave new world that awaits them. Simon Swanson wishes he had a ticket. He dreams of walking on fine coral beaches withHow much would you give for a ticket to Paradise? How much would you give for the chance to start anew, without the stresses and strains of modern life? John Carlton and his family just won the trip of a lifetime and they can't wait to get started in the brave new world that awaits them. Simon Swanson wishes he had a ticket. He dreams of walking on fine coral beaches with the sun burning overhead, but for now he watches, happy that some, at least, have the hope of a good life. Michael Judd is going to save the world and he won't let anything stop him. Five lives intertwine in a tale of hope, redemption and salvation on the journey to Paradise. Praise for Jason K. Lewis..."...leaves you on the edge of a thread, dangling, really wanting more...""...Lewis has a knack for quickly developing characters through their behaviours...complexities are expressed with power and subtlety..."...
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Read the full review at Creepy Or Cool?"Paradise" starts off with family man, John, and his darling daughter, Jemina, queuing; that’s right, queuing. It’s for a pretty good reason though: they’re about to be whisked away from the depleted and dying planet Earth to man’s idyllic new colony across the stars. Earth’s resources have been drained and overpopulation (24 billion worldwide) has led to a single-child cap being put into effect in “The Country.” A pretty depressing outlook for the future, eh? If only we could keep it in our pants.There is a spark of hope, a lottery where the winners earn a one-way ticket to Paradise (it wasn’t mentioned but I do hope this song was playing overheard while everyone waited in line). A lush and resplendent new world, untapped, it offers a chance of salvation to the lucky few. John and his family are some of those making the trip and hoping to start a new life free from the mistakes of Earth’s past. John sees only the potential this new world has to offer and his daughter Jemina is bewitched by the images which have filtered back from Paradise of tropical creatures and gorgeous vistas. Of course though, someone has to have some reservations and John’s wife Sarah is that person, “Why aren’t there any predators, John?” Good question… What exactly is this place they’re travelling to?Now this is a short story, only 34 pages–which explains the $0.99 price tag–so I won’t delve too much further into the plot, other to say that some other characters are introduced into affairs aside from John and his family. Similar to Stephen King’s short story, “The Jaunt,” you can sense the trepidation slowly starting to build as the family draws closer to their scheduled departure. Surely this pioneering solution to the overpopulation on Earth can’t be so simple? This is science fiction; it rarely is.A short tale and so a short review from Creepy Or Cool? this time. It’s a well-written, albeit brief, story and for a self-published novella the quality of the editing and proofreading has been the best of all that I have reviewed to date. The conclusion leaves things open for a follow-up but I don’t feel that a sequel is entirely necessary; having said that though, I would probably be intrigued enough to read it.A promising debut from a young author whose first full-length novel, Hope, is scheduled to be released later this year, and which I now have high hopes for.
Paradise is a short story about a family leaving their lives on Earth behind to travel through a wormhole to live on a remote planet called Paradise. As they wait in the queue to start the process of travelling we start to get the feeling that something here isn't right...I liked this short story, reading it in about half an hour. It's well written and enjoyable, but I wasn't blown away by it. There aren't really any new ideas in it and I guessed the ending about 30% - 40% in. It's worth a read though.
The beginning of this book is really cute. The book slowly gives you an idea as to who the main characters are, where they are, and where they are going. It then goes in to explain why Paradise was created, what it is and a little on how people get selected. I really enjoy the emotional buildup and the way this author writes. So full of detail and mental thoughts.This seems to be a science fiction type book. I am curious to learn more about where Paradise resides. It has a question stirring up not only in some of the characters’ minds but also in mine; is Paradise too good to be true? I love how cute the first group of people are in this story. A husband, a wife and their daughter. How they are together and how they talk. It’s sweet.I love how nothing is random, the people involved all have their turn to talk. You get to learn about each person, their personality, and their fears. Though, as the story continues, Paradise is explained even more. I don’t know how I feel about Paradise, if it’s worth going to or if it’s not worth it.Oh my gosh. The scene of Michael Judd, it’s crazy. What he does. His actions are intense. The ending, oh how I wasn’t expecting that to happen! I am intrigued and wanting to get book two, now. This is a cute little sci-fi book. Well worth the read. If you like this book, make sure to get the next book in the series, Bird of Paradise. (Not yet released.)
An excellent read if you are looking for something quick. Intense and satisfying. Really pleased to have found it.
What we have here is a teaser of sorts about an over-populated, environmentally doomed planet and the method chosen to alleviate those problems. Paradise is a planet which is reached and colonized through a portal in space and is offered to the populous via a lottery. This Ray Bradbury like tale takes the reader on the journey of John, his wife Sarah and daughter Jemima as they make their way through the queue and into the entrance to the portal and their thoughts and concerns about the new life awaiting them on Paradise. However, things aren't all they seem as we meet a corporation official who has had enough of the deception. Just exactly what the nature of that deception is is not revealed...this is the teaser part...as the author is planning the sequel, Bird of Paradise to, in his words, 'Well it would appear that I have to know what happens next.' I for one want to know as well. 4 stars to this gripping teaser of a tale.
It's rare that I keep reading when I'm tired. I simply could not put this story down. The curiosity and caring were killing me! (a "cck-attack," new word). And just when I thought I knew where things were going, events took fascinating new turns that could be understood on more than one level. Not to give anything away, but you're in for some surprises. This story can stand on its own as a satisfying read or be a good set up for a further adventure. I'll take both! This is ingenious, deeply personal and emotional sci-fi and speculative fiction at its best.
This reminds me of Philip K. Dick novels.
I was a bit disappointed with this book, in part because it's actually a short story and not a longer piece that I'd expected from the blurb. Which will teach me not to check the number of pages first. Not that I don't enjoy short stories, and indeed, I was quickly drawn into the world portrayed.It's very well written, and the seemingly sedate entry with the family waiting in line to be sent to Paradise really drew me in. It worked well to get to know the family and also establish the circumstances of this near future world. There's definitely something sinister at play, this becomes apparent through the characters beyond the family, but also with a lovely throw away line from the mother.All too quickly the story ended, which was a big shame as I'd enjoyed the build-up so far, and then encountered my biggest problem with the story - it just ends. No matter how short the story there should be a conclusion. There isn't one here, it reads like the opening chapters of a longer book, which apparently is in the works, but not available yet.As the opening of a longer story it works well, so much so that I'm looking forward to it, but as a stand alone short story it is sadly lacking.
A thrilling science fiction novelette, an excellent read