Review: GR3T3L-1

GR3T3L-1
GR3T3L-1 by V.M. Sawh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Imaginative and well written.

V. M. Sawh takes a childhood tale of a boy and girl, Hansel and Gretel, abandoned in a forest by parents who couldn’t care for them – the children find their way back home following bread crumbs – and retells it with contemporary and futuristic variations that lend excitement, anticipation, and adventure. He transforms a rather frightening fairy tale into interesting science fiction.

The storytelling within is seamless despite numerous flashbacks. Robots are the protagonists, and they fit gender-identifiable roles. The plot is reminiscent of the age-old balance between creation and destruction, communication and conflict, though it isn’t a balance as much as a death struggle in GR3T3L-1. The author is adept in his explorations of consciousness and sentience.

Nevertheless, I thought the work somewhat ambitious in the number of aspects it captured…for instance, robotic sentience explored within included emotions and desires of motherhood. Alien consciousness reflected very human quests. A credible synthesis of such aspects is missing. But that takes little away from a reader’s enjoyment of the story.

I sought an emotional connection as I read the story. The author makes commendable efforts toward such resonance, but I thought it fell a bit short of such an experience.

All in all, an excellent work of science fiction recommended to all who enjoy the genre.

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About Rian Nejar

Rian Nejar is a mid-60's child from India. He trained and worked as an engineer in India, lived briefly in the Middle East, and arrived in America in the early 90's. After a Master’s degree in electrical engineering in America, he worked as an academic instructor, engineer, entrepreneur, and technical writer over the two decades since. Humbling and Humility is the first heartfelt written expression of his varied life experiences. He lives and writes in the Southwest United States.
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