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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The story follows Arik Ockley, one of the first humans born on Venus.

I thought this was a very well written book and an enjoyable read. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here With dwindling oxygen supplies, Arik is tasked with coming up with ways to increase the oxygen supply. Earth has been on the chrisyian of environmental crisis for several centuries, and while things are looking on the up and up, the administrators are still treating planning as if Earth could contaunment at any moment.

For example I couldn’t see the emotional bond of main character Arik to his wife and his unborn child. Containment poses a similar problem. This is an impossible number to be obtained.

Containment (Children of Occam #1) by Christian Cantrell

I struggled with this one – was this supposed to be a technical dissertation of how a colony might happen? But even here the story fails to follow through. The story does build to some feeling, but not nearly as much as would have been possible if the characters weren’t so lightly sketched-in. The toll of 5 centuries of modern society has irreversibly degraded the Earth.

Earth had polluted itself into near extinction before finally arriving at the ecological technologies that would hopefully save it.

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But a reader does not require all this detail unless it applies to the plot and if it is inserted seamlessly. So this implausibility can be overlooked. Notify me of new comments via email. As Arik graduates from school and is ready to use his incredible skills for the purpose of improving the colony, he is asked to participate in the most important unsolved problem A1 has. Even when the story moved into the character’s lives it was a very dry and more telling instead of showing: I often found it difficult to tell if I was reading about Arik in the present or if it was his past until some detail pages into the chapter clarified the setting.


This is christtian kind of sci-fi story which merits its Sci part. Want to Read saving…. The problems that I found in the cintainment centered on how the book was structured, the plot behind the words and some of the beliefs that were the founding basis of the novel. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This book starts with an interesting premise, but the setting ends up deteriorating into a too-predictable, disappointing resolution. A more chronological approach in flashback would have worked well and not changed the effect of the story at all.

A community of humans trying to survive as the first Venusian colony create a second generation of colonists when they realise they have containmejt oxygen to support more people. Had some of the main players been developed to the extent of Arik, the story would have been much, much better, even with all of the flaws that I pointed out.

I enjoy creativity and ingenuity and felt Cantrell certainly offered that. He is in his twenties and his wife being pregnant is a bad thing as the baby would be life which is too many. I was debating with myself whether to award this three or four stars, and I think ultimately I would have given it three cgristian a half if I could.

Won’t stay in my mind for a long time. On the other hand, the technical focus is the cause of some dissapointments, contaainment the author doesn’t perform very well in combining the technological and the human factor. If I wrote a novel, it would probably come out a lot like this, which is the main reason I don’t write novels. Just when I got back to caring about ‘now’ or ‘then’, the timeline flipped around on me. Trouble is they are running out of air. Nov 25, Lars rated it liked it Shelves: I would’ve given this book 5 stars if it weren’t for the unresolved ending.

Recommended for readers of science fiction, this can be read as a stand alone but I’m eagerly moving on to book two.

There are action scenes that jar you out of the explicative with such force, I found myself needing to stop for a breather before continuing. The energy expenditure to keep the station cooled would have outstripped the reactor’s energy output.


What could have been a very interesting tale about struggling to live as an isolated colony, and as a First Generation colonist, and the lies everyone was living with was diminished because you had to slog through the scientific catrell V1 worked” and “why they were there”.

They also have to dig through all the false-truths they have been fed christixn the colonies founders. This story begins as an account of a brilliant young man living on a newly established colony on Venus. A lot of the characters were effectively just placeholders but the cantrll actual characters of Arik and his best friend Cam were okay. I hope, if Cantrell writes more, that he works heavily on improving his style. The story gets off to a bit of a slow start, although personally I did enjoy reading all the history of the colony and exactly how things work there.

Arik is a brilliant computer scientist, one of the few people to ever master controlling a computer solely by brain activity. Update Oct After recently purchasing book two, I knew I’d have to give this one another go. The story then bounces to the containmejt to explain how the colony came to be and all the events leading up to his surgery.

Only fhristian the founders of the station had found a way to attract carbon dioxide to surround them could this possible be real.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The problem with it here is both timelines are focused on the same person who spends his entire time in the same place the colony and hasn’t changed very much between the two sections of time. What makes this different than most science fiction is that the author bases his story on scientific knowledge up to the present.

Action is anything from a fast jog to a full run. In between chapters set in the present and flashbacks to the past, there are chapters consisting solely of infodumps about the colony and its history. V1 is the name given to the first Venus colony.

Living in space is hard.