Friday, August 16, 2013

It's Technically Heaven

Heaven 2.0 by Scott Haworth

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review. 

Summary: Having been born in the 28th century, Mike Kepler never believed in the existence of Heaven or Hell. The myths of the old faiths had been abandoned and replaced with the teachings of The Church many centuries earlier. The young physicist is shocked to learn that there is an afterlife when he is recruited by the Taipei Corporation. It was created by a team of scientists rather than God.

Mike’s job is to travel to the past and save people at the time of their deaths using advanced medical technology. The individuals are then brought back to the 28th century, judged on the sins they committed and sentenced to an eternity in the artificial Heaven or Hell. Mike quickly learns that the project is far less noble than it appears. He discovers that many of the people sentenced to eternal torment in Hell do not deserve their fate...

Review: A story about heaven if it was ruled by a bureaucracy.

This is a very unusual story. You can tell that from the plot alone, but reading Heaven 2.0 really drove home how unusual this tale was. What I liked most about this book was the questions that it brought up: Is a man made heaven really heaven? Is there really life after death (not just the heaven provided by the Taipei Corporation)? Do people have a right to choose death over living on in a created body? I don't believe in a heaven or a hell, but I would not want to live in a heaven without my family and my husband, which isn't guaranteed with this version of heaven and hell.

It doesn't take very long for me to realize how unfair the Taipei Corporation's heaven and hell was. I wonder how it came about, including The Church. Why would a corporation follow old fashioned rules on who gets to go to heaven and hell? I am really surprised it took people as long as it did for people to actively try to topple the Taipei Corporation.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy science fiction.

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