YA Review – Silent Altitudes – Science Fiction

Silent Altitudes

By Michael James Emberger

Christian Sci-Fi, Cli-Fi

Paperback & ebook, 270 Pages

March 30, 2021 by Ambassador International

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The world looks up to the sky in hopeful anticipation as the Pennychuck Atmospheric Carbon Reduction System comes online. Finally the chance to eliminate global warming will be obtainable.

Within moments, something goes terribly wrong. Dr. Milford Pennychuck races to find the underlying problem that caused so much destruction. Yet when an assassination attempt and system sabotage blindsides him, he has to rely on a surprising ally. Together they delve into a conspiracy deeper than they can fathom. As the system operates at progressively higher altitudes, the two scientists must find a way to shut it down…or die trying.

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My Review

Emberger, Michael James. Silent Altitudes. Greenville, SC: Ambassador International, 2021.

I’d like to think that those in authority over us have our best interest in mind when they make decisions. However, I am not naive enough to think that that is what actually happens. Silent Altitudes explores what could happen when they don’t

Climate Change is a hot topic in our world – what is the best way to respond to it? I appreciated these words in Michael James Emberger’s note at the end “My intent in writing this story was not to address that debate but to explore the problems that can be created when the people trusted to provide solutions bring other priorities into the mix.”

Emberger did a fabulous job of crafting likeable (and despisable) characters – some who put others first and some who were very selfish in their motives. I do not know if the path to solving climate change described in the book is a scientific possibility, but the way it was used for personal gain probably is a real possibility. If people get nothing else out of this book, they should come away understanding that thinking people can NOT blindly trust the decisions of those in authority. I John 4 talks about testing the spirits as does I Thessalonian 5:21. I think that can also be applied to decisions being made which will affect our lives. 

I don’t know if Michael James Emberger has another book planned – but I would love one that further explores the lives of the characters going forward. There is an epilogue which takes place three years later but I’d love to read what happened in those 3 years and beyond.

Silent Altitudes would be a great addition to the Science Fiction section of a K-12 Christian school library. I think that high schoolers and maybe some middle schoolers would enjoy this science fiction novel. 

I received a complimentary copy of Silent Altitudes. This is my honest review.  

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