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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
The Place of Quarantine by Vadim Babenko is an amazing journey inside the mysterious workings of the human brain, how its memory and consciousness remain intact even after death. Theo, a professional theoretical physicist, is shot in the chest by two motorcycle-riding men in Thailand and wakes up in a very strange place. He meets Elsa, who turns out to be his room mate, and as he tries to make sense of this place called Quarantine, Theo learns that he is actually dead. He soon finds out that all the people in Quarantine are assigned their individual mentors, functioning as counselors and therapists, as they try to remember the life they left behind. As Theo settles in, he vaguely remember the name Tina and the actual moment when he got shot. And as Nestor, his mentor, guides him in regaining his memory, an extraordinary tale of love, ambition, desire and determination unravels, and it is a story that has never been told before.
Vadim Babenko's Place of Quarantine is a science fiction novel that is in a class all its own. Applying the quantum field theory in modelling the human memory and intelligence, this novel is highly informative but what makes it even more intriguing is that it presents convincing proof that the human brain is indeed immortal. As such, it could hypothetically give credence to the works of the mystics, laws of karma and the concept of destiny. The Place of Quarantine is also a complex story of people in love and when Theo's, Tina's, Ivan's and Nok's lives are fatally linked together, one wonders if it is by chance, or is it simply the workings of the immortal human brain? Babenko certainly succeeds in writing a book that may well change our whole perception of life itself!