How was the universe created? Some still cling to the theory of creationism, though the majority of the population have now accepted The Big Bang Theory. In the science fiction novel, “Third Contact: The Harvesting of Sol”, James A. Wilson proposes a third option for the event that sparked creation of our universe. In his literary world, our universe was created in a single second within a greater, more ancient universe. A universe where time moved much slower. Where the inhabitable planet has oceans made of dark matter and little dry land. Giant beasts ruled the waters and more advanced life hid in the scarce hills. During a battle between the two creatures, conditions where just right and our universe was formed. As we move forward in the novel, we return to our own universe. We look toward to the future of mankind as we prepare for possible contact with alien life forms and even the potential demise of the human race.

Reasons that I enjoyed this novel:
1. I found the idea that our universe could have been a product of another multiverse to be a unique and intriguing idea. The storyline was fascinating. I actually wish that this could have been expanded on. Maybe even have been more of the focus.
2. Wilson did an amazing job at describing the world he created.
3. The novel was well written and edited.
4. The science was incredibly detailed.

What I would have changed:
1. This was a very complex, multilayered story. Normally this is a great thing but the “scene” would change so quickly that I would often have to backtrack to figure out which race of being or time frame was being discussed.
2. The science was too detailed. I have actually never complained of this in a science fiction novel before. I love science and I adore when authors can back up their ideas with well thought out, educated information. However, there is so much going on in this story that it distracted me from the experience. It was difficult to get lost in the story.

Overall, I think I would give this book a 6 out of 10. It has such great potential. I believe that there is an audience out there that will love it. However, it will take a special reader out there to appreciate it due to the heavy science and rapid time/character focus changes. People that struggle with comprehension issues or lack of patience will most likely not enjoy this novel.

I want to thank James A. Wilson for giving me a chance to read and review this book. I look forward to seeing what he does next.