Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers’ Favorite
“We deserve life, not this constant struggle for existence!” The Tion series zeros in on two hyper-realistic problems in a fictional setting, the first being overpopulation and the second being an absolute dependency on technology to the point where even the thought of disconnection is crushing. Demiurge by J.C. Gemmell moves on from the world-building of book one and the revolutionary attempts to overhaul in book two to now take readers into the unthinkable in book three. Gemmell's skillful writing makes the pain of information deprivation and detachment palpable. This is compounded by a character-driven storyline with multiple alternating points of view spanning levels and the surface, and good and bad in a scenario where even the good has to be a little bad. I especially loved when the narrative went into the first person, such as when we were taken into the mind of Xin-yi, where being in the mind that transcends time and space is an integral part of the system. Gemmell's descriptions can be best described as cinematic, such as the beauty surrounding the rising of a sunstar. Very highly recommended.
Reviewed by Dawn L on Amazon
If you’ve read my reviews for the first two books in this series (“Tionsphere” and “The Uprisers”), nothing I say here about “Demiurge” will surprise you. J.C. Gemmell has created a real gem with this series, and I’m surprised (and saddened) that the reach of these books isn’t far wider. There is an incredible world, brilliant characters, a story to make your eyes pop, and writing that’s magical. What are you waiting for? Get copies!
Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers’ Favorite
Social media which is virtually all that people live for does not seem to require the same degree of suspension of disbelief that most science fiction novels have, nor does the issue of a population that has outgrown itself. For me, the first two books in the Tion series, Tionshphere, and The Uprisers, reminded me of Le Transperceneige, the book that sparked the series Snowpiercer, as the levels of where people live in the Tionshphere does have huge class division. Overpopulation leads to a culling of unnecessary people and the fight of the uprisers, which has a dual meaning as revolutionary but also people literally rising to the surface, and how this all works is pure J.C. Gemmell and fabulously unique. The scenery in Demiurge is top-notch and Gemmell carries forward with tight and engrossing prose. There are so many directions that the series can go and plenty of characters worthy of their own spin-offs. I'm just thankful to be along for the ride.