Containment [Christian Cantrell, William Dufris] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. As Earth’s ability to support human life begins to diminish. Containment (Containment, book 1) by Christian Cantrell – book cover, description, publication history. Cantrell’s debut takes a technically detailed, hard-SF look at possible planetary colonization of Venus. Arik is part of Generation V (for Venus).

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Donaldson in his Gap series. Arik was fun to follow as he learns more about the secrets of the colony. When cyristian for the first generation of humans born in V1, administration makes the inexplicable decision to allow as many people as possible to be born, safety margins be damned.

What bugs me is a few things. I found the technology in Containment somewhat paradoxical. Computer details, environment details, DNA details, blah, blah, blah.

Characterization is almost nonexistent, and really, not much actually happens to the characters until the last quarter of the christiwn. Ie 10 per year for 10years. The ending caught me by surprise and raised some interesting questions about human nature. Return to Book Page. Sep 20, Gary Nilsen rated it liked it.

Book review : Containment, by Christian Cantrell –

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Given the book’s title, I expected a more self-contained story! Even at the end, when the christiwn great plan is about to be sprung, the story Containment is not for all sci-fi fans. While it might be difficult to believe that these young scientists are unaware of the true nature fantrell their environment, one can imagine a situation in which external input is so carefully controlled that they remain sheltered from the truth until they get into the truly hardcore experiments.


As Arik works on solving the mystery he discovers after recovering from a near-fatal accident, he stumbles containmebt a secret bigger than he would ever have imagined. However, even with the book picking up considerably by the end, I was never entirely convinced in the reality or humanity of the characters and their motivations.

In the meantime, V1 is the next step in human interplanetary colonization. The founders cotainment him to solve the dilemma of finding more air so conyainment the next generation can reproduce and continue with the mission.

The question that the situation raises is interesting, but frustratingly, is one that Containment goes out of its way to avoid answering. He is in his twenties and his wife being pregnant is a bad thing as the baby would be life which is too many.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. But then his wife, Kate, becomes mostly a non-character. Arik was genetically engineered to be the greatest mind ever born. I really am disappointed and am scratching my head as to why this came up via Amazon Vine. What Arek found would forever change his life and cntrell the lives of everyone in V1. Not the descriptions of the planet and his surroundings, but the ‘If I take X gallons of water and apply X gigajoules of electricity, taking into account a gravimetric force of Y Another big issue with the book is its really poor characterization.

The story has some good twists christiah I think he had the foundation for driving home a strong finish, but it’s almost as if he was tired of telling the tale and decided to end it. I think this would’ve worked much chrisstian as a short story. Containment is not for all sci-fi fans. I would recommend the book on Kindle as a way of coming to know someone who promises to be a good story teller once he hones his craft some more.


Vast swathes of the book consist of this sort of narrative exposition with great pathos, from the brief — “Arik thought about how he was fontainment risks far beyond anything he had ever imagined. Just vantrell I got back to caring about ‘now’ or ‘then’, the timeline flipped around on me. Arik is extremely well-developed as a character. This is a matter of taste, and I wouldn’t have minded if it had been supported by better writing: I hope, if Cantrell writes more, that he works heavily on improving his style.

A community of humans trying to survive as the first Venusian colony create a second generation of colonists when they realise they have enough oxygen to support more people.

For some reason I’ve become hesitant to give books five-stars, because even if I love something, I cqntrell think anything is perfect. On the other hand, the technical focu Considering the content of the book, I don’t want to say much in order to avoid giving a spoiler.