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Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue (The Bern Saga #1)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  3,810 Ratings  ·  291 Reviews
When Molly gets kicked out of the Naval Academy, she loses more than just another home, she loses the only two things that truly matter: flying in space and her training partner, Cole. A dull future seems to await, until a marvelous discovery changes everything. Her father's old starship, missing for a decade, turns up halfway across the galaxy. Its retrieval launches Moll ...more
Nook, 281 pages
Published January 27th 2010 by Smashwords, Inc. (first published August 22nd 2009)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I can say with no reservations that this was a fantastic book. Let me be honest and admit that I'm not a big science fiction reader. I'm not sure I will ever be a wholesale science fiction fan in every form. But this book, well, it has convinced me that I can enjoy a good 'pure' science fiction book.

While Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue is a young adult book, it really doesn't feel like one. What I mean by that is, the writing is such that you never felt things are being dummed down in the fa
Oct 06, 2009 Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2009, young-adult
It's such a shame that Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue wasn't picked up by one of the big publishing houses. It's really one of the best young adult science fiction novels I've read. I liked it so much more than Ender's Game. It's so well paced and the characters are so engaging. I can't believe how much action Hugh Howey packed into 283 pages. It never let up and there were surprising twists at every turn. Sadly, the big publications aren't printing much in the way of young adult space fictio ...more
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
The year is 2413. In a galaxy full of life outside of Earth, Molly Fyde is a 16 yr old living in a man’s world where all she wants to do is follow in her father’s footsteps. Graduating from the Academy is one step that could get her closer to that goal but when sabotage rears its ugly head, Molly has another thing coming. Finally things start to look up for Molly, her father’s ship, The Parsona is found on an alien planet called Palan where there seems to be no legal or social system intact. Mol ...more
Sep 12, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue is the first book from author Hugh Howey and as far as first efforts go, this is good. Howey’s characters are well written and contain a depth that is rarely seen in popular fiction these days. His story is strong and moves along at a nice pace never getting ahead of itself or becoming taxing to read. He mixes in enough political, sociological and philosophical questions and observations to let you know that he understands and appreciates the history of science ...more
Lisa Robinson
Sep 13, 2009 Lisa Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ll start by saying, “Wow!” This book does everything a great book should do! The story piques your curiosity from the start and it takes you on a journey that causes you to loose track of time and the world around you. Instead, you become an invisible member of the crew of Parsona. I read the book in less than twenty-four hours because I just couldn’t put it down until I knew how it ended!

The characters in the story all have traits that every person can relate to on some level. They each grow
Apr 07, 2016 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-scifi
I remember first picking up Wool and the writing is kinda painful but cool ideas. He got better once he was no longer self-published and had an editor, presumably. This book is incredibly boring. We start out in a simulator where they are learning to kill aliens (ala Ender's Game) but then we move to some space exploration that feels very (Star Wars) familiar. The main character is a girl written by a male author so you know how great that could OMG he's so cute! Yep, s ...more
Jul 01, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just bloody love this book.

I finished it just now, and it is the first book I have truly enjoyed reading in a fair while. It’s perfectly paced; even though it’s a fairly long book (281 pages) no part of it dragged on nor did any part feel rushed. Each part of the plot lead seamlessly into the next, which meant I was able to lose myself in Molly’s world without any of the fantastic events jarring with my own reality. Howey’s attention to detail, and deceptively casual nods to it, also make it e
Sara Grochowski
Sep 18, 2009 Sara Grochowski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unfortuntately, I don't think Molly Fyde is a book that I would have picked up on my own. When I was contacted about reviewing this book, I debated whether or not to say yes. After all, I hadn't heard of the title, the author, or the publisher. In the end, I decided to accept because I love YA and science fiction and this book did have a plot that sounded interesting. I am so ridiculously glad that I did: Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue is most definitely one of the best YA science fiction nov ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Magpie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is one of my favorite series ever, now. It reminded me at times of Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, and Ender's Game, three of the best things of all time.

Molly is a strong female lead character. She is an exceptionally gifted pilot and brave as hell, but is also balanced in that she has realistic flaws as well. Her judgement isn't always the best, and she sometimes doesn't put clues together until long after it seems like she should have. The other supporting characters are equally well writ
J. Hounshell
Oct 11, 2009 J. Hounshell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A superb introduction to an exciting new series.

A back-story is no small thing. Too often, particularly in the science fiction genre, back-stories are left to the wiles of the reader's imagination. Which is fine if your novel relies heavily on current events and the need to complete the tale in one simple volume. Hugh Howey's Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue takes great exception to that unfortunate habit common among so many upstart sci-fi writers. Howey's tale of a young and ambitious studen
Nov 27, 2009 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michelle by: author's proof giveaway
3.5 stars - a fun space opera in the school of "one wacky thing after another" serial-adventure. molly fyde is an orphan teen about to wash out of the naval academy (apparently, they REALLY don't like chicks flying their spaceships). when life kicks her in the pants, she finds out that her long-lost parents' ship has been found, as in hock across the galaxy. setting off with her best buddy (and huge crush) from the academy to pick it up begins a series of big adventures and close scrapes.

it's n
Jul 24, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue after powering through Wool. I've not almost completed the Molly Fyde series, but will stick my opinion to just this one book.

Hugh Howey is a very adept world builder. I love the universe that he's constructed for Molly Fyde, and the races within it.

The book reads like an old Star Trek novel. Crazy races that don't make any sense, with a pair of adventurers just trying to survive. It executes on this concept well, and is definitely a page-turner.

I loved Howey's Wool but did not like Half Way Home, so I was hesitant about this series. However, it came up as a Kindle Daily Deal so I gambled and bought all four books. Good decision. YA space opera with a kick ass female hero? Yes, please. How I would have loved finding a series like this when I was a teenager and getting into fantasy and science fiction.

I loved Molly and the crew of misfits that she accidentally gathers. The story is action-packed and moves very fast but delves into some
Chris Fellows
Hmm, hrm. I came to this novel after reading 'Wool' and was disappointed. Not because it is a young adult novel, but because it has a very uneven, first-novelly feel.

For a YA novel, the heroine came across as too much of a sociopath for my tastes. For a philosophical picaresque novel in the Chesterton tradition, there wasn't enough philosophising and too much fluff. And, the initial space battle scene goes on for much too long.

But the plot twists and turns nicely, like the road down to the coast
Jan 07, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read, kindle
Very interesting premise. I don't usually read Sci-fi but this is a very good book. It looks at YA issues and throws in a bunch of adult problems. It does seem as if Molly is older than 17 and thinks more like an adult than a 17 year old. But this book does grab you and you want to see what happens to the mishmash of characters. Will they get out of every crisis they find themselves in or will they find themselves in a no win situation? I would recommend it to any Sci-fi fans and anyone who enjo ...more
L.M. Preston
Oct 18, 2009 L.M. Preston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. My daughter and I read it together. She is only twelve, so I had to answer a lot of questions for her in the begining since she isn't a typical science fiction reader. However, when we got into it we both loved it. I liked the chemistry between Molly and Cole and so did she. The chases and her determination kept us wanting to learn more and more about her. We really enjoyed the faced paced movement of the novel and are looking forward to more from Molly.
Sep 18, 2009 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well writen book. I loved it. A real good Frist book. Great character's, that you well love. Even better yet they are not perfect. Can't wait for the next book
Apr 17, 2012 Satin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There were a couple of reasons I decided to pick this series up. First off, I just recently finished Hugh Howey's Wool Omnibus #1-5 and was absolutely impressed with the level of detail and quality of writing that went into that piece of work. I wanted to see what else he had written.

Coincidentally, I've been on the lookout for a great series I could sink my teeth into. I've had the frustration of starting a number of trilogies lately that only have one or two books published. While I can apprec
YA Reads Book Reviews
Ever looked up into the sky at night and imagined yourself flying around the stars off on some other-worldly adventure? Well, this is Molly’s reality. Or will be. Molly is a navy cadet. And don’t be fooled into thinking the Navy is what we understand the Navy to be. Yes they drive ships, but not the standard H.M.A.S. vessels of today’s waters. Molly and her fellow classmates are learning to pilot starships. Sure they are still in training but running a full visual simulator is darn close to the ...more
N.E. White
Jan 22, 2012 N.E. White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue is a story about a young woman aiming to make her mark in the Navy, but those ambitions are shattered when she’s kicked out of the Naval Academy for something she didn’t do.
Set in a future when space travel is the norm, trade between alien races is thriving, and a long-drawn out war between humanity’s sworn enemy, the Drenards, is well established, our heroine is thrown into a family mystery that will put her life on the line – several times. We soon find out th
Lea (YA Book Queen)
Nov 07, 2009 Lea (YA Book Queen) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Wow. To be honest, I was hesitant with this one, but decided to give it a shot because the summary made me remember the days I used to re-read Ender's Game over and over...

At first, I was so nervous because the first chapter was filled with technical speak I didn't understand, but it was intriguing and adventurous, so I continued. I shouldn't of worried, because as the novel progressed, I grew to understand everything.

Molly is a very three-dimensional character, and I am still surprised at how
Jun 04, 2013 Ami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mass Effect Fans. Star Wars fans. Star Trek Fans. Ender's Game fans.
Recommended to Ami by: The Kindle Book Store.
What do you get when you take a space opera, mix it with another called Mass Effect, throw in a healthy dose of Ender's Game, add all your fantasies of attending space camp, a sprinkle of Star Wars, a dash of believable romance, all the techno-babble and space jargon you can muster and a sweet sweet ship?

This freaking book.

This is one of my favorite books hands down. From the beginning to the end, there was hardly a lull in the action. I have to reread it again before I can properly review it ri
Joseph M. O'Connor
Hackneyed Teenage Adventure

Ho-hum. I struggled through 42% of the book and was wondering whether Supergirl - oops. I mean Molly - would meet her Lex Luthor or her personal kryptonite. Since this is but book one in a series, I guess she does not.

I'm drawing many conclusions from just half the book, but since I couldn't bear to read another soppy word I feel justified. Mr. Howey might think he wrote a book empowering women, but he missed the mark. Molly endlessly defines herself by the men in her
I started reading this book late at night and I think I read maybe two chapters and went to bed. My first impression from those two chapters was that there was a lot of “technical speak” which I didn’t really understand and got me a little confused. I read some more the next day and suprisingly found that I was being drawn into Molly's story.

I was surprised by how well Molly was portrayed. She’s a strong heroine with a quick mind especially in tight situations. It’s nice to see that as the story
Ursa Davis
Good enough

This book was just good enough to keep me interested. I felt like the story was a little compartmentalized and didn't flow exceptionally well. Like a bunch of mini stories strung together instead of one smooth story. Although the description I read said that Molly is supposed to be a strong female character I felt like she is just more of what I see all the time: a kind of wishy-washy emotional character that needs to be saved by her male counterpart frequently. Although the first sim
Debbie Wolfe
Dec 06, 2011 Debbie Wolfe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first straight up Sci-Fi novel and I liked it! What makes this story so enjoyable for me is Molly. She is exactly what I love in a heroine: smart, strong, brave and thank God, not whiny! I loved the relationship development between Molly and Cole as well. It did not dominated the whole story, but it was enough to provide a good spark that kept things interesting. Even though I am a recent convert to Sci-Fi, the hyperdrive and some space talk in the story did not scare me away. The sto ...more
Starts off a story about a hotshot teenaged space pilot battling her way through a sexist military academy, then suffers some mission creep as her efforts to reclaim her lost parents' spacecraft turn into a flight from unidentified baddies, encounters with (somewhat) alien races, and a crew made up of variations on a wookiee, a ferengi, a young Han Solo, and a small blue alien I don't recognize. Plot's OK, characters OK, a little stronger romantic element than I like. My real issues are the spac ...more
So, I started reading this book on my iPhone to kill time this weekend. And for the purposes of just that--killing time--this book delivered. I don't know, I'm just not nearly as enamored with this as I was with Wool.

And I mean, don't get me wrong, I love sci-fi and YA... but parts of it just seemed unrealistic and rubbed me the wrong way. And the ending got so unnecessarily convoluted that I found myself just skimming "the big reveal".

Ugh, kind of a let-down. But overall, not atrocious. I don'
Maggie Bishop
Nov 03, 2010 Maggie Bishop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Molly Fyde catches up the reader in her spaceship wash as she claims her father’s lost starship and travels the galaxy. Hugh Howey captures the drama and ambition of 17-year-old Molly as she encounters worlds where the real attributes of the inhabitants and planets test her sanity and her view of life. I can’t wait for more adventures of Molly and her assembled crew. Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue deserves to be on the YA Best Seller list.
Jun 04, 2013 Taliser rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love Howey's Wool series so thought I would try this. The premise is great, a strong female character on adventures in space, but I found the characters lacked depth. Although Molly is supposed to be model for women pushing through gender boundaries, this is undercut by making her fixated on her "crush". I actually cringed at several of the lines and found it totally unbelievable. I would stick to the Wool series, which I think is top notch!
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