The Entity: 2147 --- CreateSpace Review Excerpts
While generally we look for a main conflict in a novel, in this case we have a few, which is good for this genre. The story lines should be complex. First there are the believers in the entity versus the nonbelievers—those who think it’s been sent by God or by some alien life form, and those who think it’s a hoax. There is a sort of man against nature theme, visible in the story lines about the sea level rising and displacing people from their homes and in humanity’s fight against climate change, which they begin to wage thanks to the entity’s guidance. There’s a theme of personal autonomy versus doing good for others and, indeed, for all humankind, as shown in the Hickorys’ struggle between keeping their daughter safe and sharing with the world her gift of healing, received when she communed with the entity. Throughout these stories, the themes of faith, scientific credulity, innocence, selflessness, and moral obligation resonate. Ultimately, the moral message we come away from this story with is that humanity, whether by itself or with a little help from an otherworldly source, needs to start saving itself and the planet it calls home.As a reader, I enjoyed this novel and found its subject matter thought provoking. I liked the open-ended debates it presents and the questions it raises about life on planet earth and at what point we will be willing to admit we need to make changes. I feel it’s a very timely topic and one that will appeal to a wide range of readers.
The Entity: 2147
On a pleasant evening in October 2147, Tom Hickory relaxes on the sofa beside his wife. Suddenly, a brilliant flash of light illuminates the pristine farmland surrounding their home near Lexington, Kentucky. Startled, Tom steps outside to investigate. He is the first to encounter the entity—and his life will never be the same.
The devastating effects of climate change are unforgiving. Millions succumb to extreme heat and rising ocean levels. Humanity and the earth have passed the tipping point. As humanity faces impending doom, the entity arrives.
But the burden of salvation falls on the shoulders of the Hickory family as fractured nations, ignorant governments, and ravenous media grapple with the entity’s arrival. Humanity must come together to accept the entity’s challenge—or face extinction.
Does humanity have the political will to solve the global climate crisis? Is the adversary inadequate technology, the universal laws of thermodynamics, or humankind itself?
Less than ten percent of Indie reviews are chosen for publication in Kirkus Reviews. The Entity: 2147 is one of thirty-five Indie reviews in the August 1, 2018 issue. This magazine is sent out to over 5,000 industry professionals such as agents, movie producers, publishers, and librarians. Part of the review is as follows:
In Collier’s debut sci-fi novel, set in the mid-22nd century, a Kentucky farm family is changed forever when a strange object lands on their property, promising a solution to the urgent problem of climate change. First police, then scientists and the military, arrive to behold the miraculous visitor. After 8-year-old Jillian Hickory touches the orb, she’s
not only cured of her cerebral palsy—she also becomes the orb’s voice. Through her, the entity states that humankind is doomed to a slow death, due the rising temperatures, but that technology to limit and reverse the damage of high carbon-dioxide levels is available—if we can handle it. Meanwhile, media representatives and messianic-cult pilgrims
invade the Hickory homestead; the latter are mostly Greco-Roman pagan Earth-spirit worshipers. Collier embeds a great deal of future forecasting in this straightforward, rather no-frills tale of benign First Contact. The author’s narrative voice is instructive but never hectoring or alarmist about climate change, and it remains sure-footed throughout. In the end, however, he ably achieves a blend of popular science, science fiction, and human-scale characterization, which the late Carl Sagan attempted with mixed results in 1985’s Contact . A low-key tale of the future that’s somewhat didactic but generous in spirit.