J.C. Gemmell

Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

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Tionsphere is a work of science fiction penned by author J.C. Gemmell and is the opening novel to a new series. In this newly imagined future, the planet is faced with the inevitable crush of overpopulation and considers the ways in which human society might adapt to control this issue as time marches on. We follow the coming of age experiences of the teenage protagonist amid a wide cast of characters investigating the various unusual goings-on in the system they live by. But when one figure slips away from the assignment set for his future, new discoveries are made that threaten the system and human life as a whole.

Author J.C. Gemmell has produced a hard-boiled science fiction work for fans of traditional complex societies with lots of crunch in the workings and plenty of detailed backstories. Suitable for all readers due to its non-graphic depictions, the ensemble cast and various narrative viewpoints give us a full sense of the world in which we find ourselves, and the system put in place to promote segregation and prevent chaos from taking over in a society on the brink of overflow. The tension is palpable, the dialogue complex and the artifice of life itself intelligently exposed by those who break the chain. For serious science fiction fans, Tionsphere marks the beginning of a complex new series with plenty to think about long after the intense reading experience is over, and it’s therefore highly recommended for hardcore fans of the genre.

Reviewed By Vincent Dublado for Readers’ Favorite

J.C. Gemmell’s Tionsphere is the beginning of a monumental science fiction series. As the world’s future population faces its greatest challenge, technology is having trouble sustaining humanity’s demands. Pazel Sad-Tet-Ain-Resh, one of Tionspehere’s originators, believes he has a solution—a solution that serves the elite and his personal interests. He has the wealth and influence to make things happen in a future that has become dependent on digital technology and connectivity. Contract theorists Caitlyn, Freja, Kavya, Miyu, and Jovana accept a deal to discover why the T-sphere is failing. To complete their contract, Caitlyn and her team will encounter an assortment of characters that trace back before the Forming, including Pazel who is determined to carry out his sinister plan.

J.C. Gemmell is mindful of his character development as he devotes each chapter to exploring three to four characters—a necessity for a sci-fi series operating on a grand scale. It celebrates diversity with its interracial cast. Similarly, the world-building is replete with details of humanity’s obsession with online connectivity. Invented scientific jargon can sometimes get in the way as well as foreign words in italics especially if you are not versed in European languages. Some of the invented words are not explained and Gemmell leaves it to you to unlock its meaning based on context. Pazel is a formidable villain. His ability to “ghost” into different bodies allows him to travel and remain undetected. High tension and complex dialogue make Tionsphere a fascinating read. Give it a chance, and you will likely look forward to the release of the next instalment.