Retribution Falls is a rollicking tale, populated by well thought-out characters, each with their own kinks and checkered pasts. There's a captain who...moreRetribution Falls is a rollicking tale, populated by well thought-out characters, each with their own kinks and checkered pasts. There's a captain who has a strained relationship with Responsibility, a navigator who repels cats, the drunk doctor, the pretty-boy scientist, the stoic mechanic and two fighter pilots who couldn't be more different.
Pros: I really loved the interplay between Pinn and Harkins. These two characters are complete opposites, but since they're employed do to the same job, they're forced to interact. Watching these two bounce off each other was fun.
I liked the character Crake, and I found I could readily identify with him.
The pacing was good. It bothers me when a character, or cast of characters, goes through one problem after another. It's one of the things that bothers me about the Dresden Files. I love the books, but Harry ends up spending about 70% of each book being beaten nearly to death, having every bad thing in the world happen to him, over and over and over, without a break until the end. I feel exhausted on his behalf by the time I'm done with one. I liked that Wooding provided shore-leave for the crew. It let you see them in different circumstances.
The Cons: I do not know if this was intended by the author, but the beginning reminded me way too much of a scene from Firefly. I know this book is drawing a lot of comparisons between the two, and that is not unfounded. It proved problematic for me, as I built pictures of the characters in my mind, before Wooding got a chance to go into each person's backstory.
Something about the book, and I can't quite put my finger on it, seemed to hold me at arm's length. I didn't become fully invested or interested in the story until quiet late in the book. When the author first started dropping bits of information about Crake, I began to get more invested in the story.
Overall, this was a solid book. It didn't wow me enough to make me bring it up to 4 stars, but I'll definitely be reading the second book! (less)