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3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  58 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Set against the backdrop of a far-future Earth struggling to reinvent itself after a technological disaster, Homefront is an uncompromising adventure story about what it truly means to be human. Jantine is a Beta, a genetically modified super soldier charged with establishing a hidden colony on Earth. When her expedition arrives in the middle of a civil war, she must choos ...more
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Arche Press (first published October 23rd 2014)
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A fascinating premise, emotional ride, and kind of a twist ending potentially setting up a sequel, Homefront is quite a ride.

We start off the book being introduced to a cast of unusual characters from the Colonies on some kind of mission they don't expect to succeed. These characters appear to have a caste system, and are each of a variety of post-human. Shortly, we're introduced to regular humans as well and their space defense force. From there, the body count rises, and new relationships and
Sep 08, 2015 Crittermom rated it it was amazing
There are some science fiction novels that simply blow you away. Homefront is an incredible piece of science fiction that is brilliantly written. Foremost it is an action/adventure that doesn't pull any punches. The central characters are thrust into dangerous situations and not all survive, and those who do do not emerge unscathed or unchanged. The challenges the characters undergo have emotional as well as physical impact. The stress of the situation is palpable. I don't want to give too much ...more
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This is a very character-centered story, relying less on dialog, plot or action to advance the story as it does internal monologue. It reminded a bit of Asimov in that regard. Be prepared for a highly psychological journey and character feelings as they regard other characters' feelings. I would also recommend a close reading of the early chapters where many of the characters are introduced in quick succession to prevent later confusion.
Story: B-
Narration: B

Quick Review:

Homefront is a thoughtful speculative fiction novel with a nice mix of action and emotion. Although I struggled to remain engaged with it consistently, overall the combination of physical conflict, interpersonal clashes, and internal quandaries kept the story moving forward at a nice clip. The narration allows the listener to easily distinguish between individuals in a diverse cast of characters and enhances the pacing of the story.

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In a future world
Mike Voss
Dec 24, 2014 Mike Voss rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Scott James Magner's fiction for some time now, but he's been writing far longer than I've been a fan. And the reason I became a fan was an admiration for his previously published shorter fiction, two novelettes set in the universe of The Foreworld Saga, Hearts of Iron and Blood and Ashes, and his actual "first" novel Seasons of Truth, currently about to wrap up a 4-part serialization. These are uniformly wonderfully written stories, and couldn't be a better introduction to ...more
Patrick Potter
Oct 06, 2014 Patrick Potter rated it really liked it
Shelves: would-read-again
I not a professional book reviewer so bear with me...

Homefront is a new, actually a very soon to be released (I managed to snag a advanced copy!!), book by relatively new-comer Scott Magner. A little of something for everyone: genetic mutations, space flight, hand-to-hand combat, corrupt military as well as military that still has a soul all wrapped into a trip that makes one think about what defines being human, what it means to be loved, what responsibility entitles & what a family is comp
Hugh Long
Dec 21, 2014 Hugh Long rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! I loved the whole transgenic, caste system. Very cool, and a fresh concept. I can't wait for more!
Campbell Furnish
Jan 18, 2015 Campbell Furnish rated it really liked it
It took me a while to get into this book. At first the characters seemed flat and I almost stopped reading, but I kept at it and I really enjoyed the way it turned out.
Dave Bara
Jun 30, 2015 Dave Bara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Loved it. Great read.
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Homefront by Scott James Magner is a recommended science fiction novel set in the 27th century.
The novel will hook you right at the start with the discussion of the Transgenic virus as learned about in a Congressional inquiry. Then the action jumps to the future after the Transgenic virus has already mutated individuals and we meet Commander Jantine and her infiltration force of soldiers, scientists, and engineers on a suicide mission. They are all exiles from Earth's outer colonies. Although th
Sep 28, 2016 kelsie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teens who like sci fi

I think I'll have to reread this (and when I do, I'll probably bump up the rating) because the beginning was a bit muddled with jargon specific to the novel. That said, it was a really enjoyable read. A, hopefully, more comprehensive review will come at some point.
Lukas Lovas
Jul 10, 2015 Lukas Lovas rated it liked it
Not bad...I kinda liked this one. It wasn't the best sci-fi I've ever read, and there were plenty of small details I didn't like...but it's not a bad read.

I enjoyed the definite sci-fi vibe you get from it. It's a book with vast potential for sequels, tie-ins and stuff like that. The characters are mostly likeable and well made, and the story has a good pace.

That said, I didn't like the number of POV characters...I never really got lost among them, but I didn't make a connection with all of them
Brad Schoenfeld
Feb 27, 2015 Brad Schoenfeld rated it really liked it
Ok on the surface this is a kinda not that boring of a book. If you think about it for a while its trying to be pro and anti America at THE SAME DAMN TIME. The whole book talks about the horrors of "colonialists", but preaches freedom of choice and peace. Maybe thats why its a pretty dumb story in general. The author is a moron and cant figure out what the hell they wanna say. Colonialism has brought more people out of disparity and oppression than every other "system" combined. If you boil this ...more
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