The Last Day of Captain Lincoln
By Exo Books (Author)
A friend recommended this book to me. I was looking for something in the “fantasy” category. I guess I was thinking of a ‘rainbows and unicorns’ kind of story. This book wasn’t that…not exactly. Even still, I liked it a lot.
Captain Lincoln is an 80-year-old retired (space) ship captain, descendant of the last humans of earth, part of a Utopian society of people still searching—after many, many generations—for a new planet to call home. Every person living aboard “the ship” is guaranteed a HEALTHY, productive, satisfying 80-year life…but that’s it.
It is Captain Lincoln’s 80th birthday, his last day.
This story is very reminiscent of the 1976 film (starring Michael York) called Logan’s Run. Do you remember it? Also set in a Utopian/Dystopian society, each person is given a certain life span—in that case just 30 years—and then are asked to voluntarily allow themselves to be terminated so that resources can be shared with those still living without the probability of over-population. The problem is, in Logan’s run, many choose to… well, run.
In The Last Day of Captain Lincoln this isn’t the case. The last day of each person’s life is celebrated. On the last day of life for those people, “siblings”, all born on the same day (in groups of 8 born through scientific method every five years) are lauded and hailed for their accomplishments and thanked for their contributions. We follow Captain Lincoln as he lives his last day; he visits with friends, says goodbye to the kids in the different classrooms and spends time with his loved ones.
I don’t think I’m spoiling anything for other readers when I say that Captain Lincoln does indeed die at the end. After all the title is THE Last Day of Captain Lincoln. But, the story isn’t morose or gloomy—not that Captain Lincoln doesn’t fear his death, he does as any sane person would. The end of self is a daunting condition to face. But—the story isn’t depressive. I actually found myself thinking, “Wish it could be like that for me one day… a long, long …long time in the future.
I only had one…criticism (for lack of a better word) and it was this: The author does not denote his/her authorship with a name. Instead, his/her work is “signed”—by EXO Books. Which is fine by me. Except, in a move that can only be called “quirky”, every word in the book containing the letters exo, like EXObiology or EXOdus, is written in bold letters (only the EXO). I found that distracting; especially in the beginning before I started looking for a reason why this was so and discovered the author’s “name”.
This is a quick read, only 10 chapters, that I finished in about an hour and a half (with lots of interruptions from the grandkids). And, I really liked it. I would recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi, fantasy or utopian society stories!