A Review of The Punch Escrow
Author ~ Tal M. Klein
I'll start off by saying the I loved The Punch Escrow. I found it to be very interesting and there was a ton of world building, done in a very unique way. It made me feel like I was learning about our future environment, and it seemed very believable.
Of course I know that I was just reading a story and not getting a glimpse into the future environment set 130 years in the future, but, I also felt that it was a realistic future and you could envision humans getting to it in the next 130 years.
I loved the way that Tal M. Klein built the world of The Punch Escrow. Instead of long paragraphs explaining the science or all the minute details of this world, he chose instead to use footnotes to convey more information about the time that The Punch Escrow exists in. Just reading the story itself, was enjoyable and still very easy to follow without needed to read the footnotes. However, if you did read the footnote, you got an even deeper understanding of the world that Klein built and the world seemed scientifically sound. Also, the mosquitoes were awesome, trust me.
I would consider myself to be a science enthusiast, so I can't say anything regarding the accuracy behind the scientific thoughts, but it seemed quite plausible when the author was talking about sciency stuff and you could feel all the research that went into The Punch Escrow.
The Punch Escrow touches on that age old question on if teleportation is murder. When Joel Byram is involved in a teleportation accident, he becomes a messiah for some and a complication for others. On the run from International Transport, the leading company that has commercialized freight and human teleportation, Joel is trying to get to his wife, Sylvia, who is off on their second honeymoon, waiting for him to arrive. Sylvia works for International Transport, and Joel is convinced that if he can get to her, they will stop trying to murder him.
When Joel finally makes his way to his wife, he discovers that there is more to his accident than he originally thought and the future of the world and teleportation rests on his shoulders.
Like I said at the beginning of this review, I loved this book. While reading it, I felt that it must have had some inspiration from Ready Player One. Not that this story is anything like Ready Player One, it's completely originally, but more in the scope of the story and the style of writing. The Punch Escrow is quite ambitious, it's tough to build a new world without it overwhelming the reader, but this was done well, but felt like a complete story.
It's funny, one of the things that I loved the most about The Punch Escrow was also one of the things that I disliked. There were so many footnotes in the beginning, it felt like half the time I was reading footnotes and not the actual story. I don't really think that author Tal M. Klein could have done this any differently, but by the second half of The Punch Escrow, the footnotes were no longer as prevalent and I found myself missing them.
There are a few books that even as you are reading them, you are telling people that the book is amazing and something that they have to read. As I was reading The Punch Escrow I kept telling my partner Michael that he would love it and that he needed to read it. I think that The Punch Escrow is a strong contender for this year's "must-read" sci-fi read.
I received an free ARC of The Punch Escrow from Inkshares via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.