This is Mars Dorian’s second book and it is, to no ones surprise I hope, the second book that I read from this author. His first book was a pretty whaThis is Mars Dorian’s second book and it is, to no ones surprise I hope, the second book that I read from this author. His first book was a pretty whacky story of “warhipsters” and a super capitalistic world (the Ferengis would be amateurs in this world) where warfare was done more based on financial reasoning rather than anything else. Each round of expended ammo was counted and you could make “in-war” purchases. Take that you people that complain about in-app purchases! I actually found his first book rather fun reading and although this one is fairly different it is also quite fun reading.
I would classify this as an adventure/mystery story in space with a nice mix of space combat, character interaction and mystery solving. RX, which is a rather funny name but then the name of his best buddy is D12 which is not much better, is a pilot as the book blurb states. He might be elite in his own eyes but the rest of the world do not consider him as such. Actually he has real problems with his combat ratings.
The author could not entirely let go of the capitalistic tones of his previous book although they are not so pronounced in this one. Even so, the pilots have to pay their own expenditure like food etc. on board the company carrier and their financial gains are entirely dependent on their performance. So to say that there is a wee bit of a competition between some of the pilots would be an understatement.
As the blurb states, RX crashes on a unknown (or is it?) planet and finds himself among a bunch of mysterious colonists with weird behaviours. This is where the mystery bit starts and the story becomes quite different from the first parts of the books. It is still quite nice reading though. Maybe the way things play out is somewhat predictable at times but the author has put together a story with enough originality in it to make the reader interested in what happens next. It is difficult to go into details without spoiling the story so I will refrain from doing that.
The book is a fairly quick read though, partly because it is rather short at around 250 pages. I think there would have been room to add a few pages to make the story more detailed. Especially in the initial world building. How did this “universe” come about? It is somewhat hinted that RX did not have a mother but was grown artificially. Is he a company product or?They obviously travel being in hypersleep. Why? Usually hypersleep means that you cannot travel fast enough to be awake all the time but the rest of story seems to assume that you can get from A to B via FTL travel. I know that the author do not like technical details but these kind of “inconsistencies” tend to stick out, at least for me.
Having said that I did like the APEX fighter and the space combat stuff. Weapon load-out, including the description of the weapons and how they were used as well as the combat manoeuvring was quite okay.
On the whole this was a fun and enjoyable book to read. It did end in a way too predictable and somewhat annoying cliff-hanger though. I have an aversion against cliff-hangers in general but this one was just like the traditional last 30 second of a horror movie where the monster (or it’s spawn or whatever) rears its ugly head just before the end texts starts to roll. Apart from the cliffhanger itself there are a some loose threads and hints spread around in the last couple of chapters hinting at a sequel. Okay, okay I am not sure how to do that one better myself given that there was a need to continue the story for a (planned?) second book so I’ll shut up on that part now.
Regardless of that I hope that the author continues to write science fiction. The writing is quite ok for a young writer and the stories are imaginative and does not necessarily follow the mainstream of science fiction. So far I have liked both books although the wackiness of the first one is probably something that I can only digest in small dozes. This one is more my style. If the author decides to write a sequel I will more than likely pick it up. ...more
This is yet another good adventure in The Lost Starship series. It is fun although fairly light reading. But then, to me, a good adventure story shoulThis is yet another good adventure in The Lost Starship series. It is fun although fairly light reading. But then, to me, a good adventure story should be fast flowing and not too deep. The book blurb is somewhat of an exaggeration though. A smashing victory? They won by a very thin thread in the last book as far as I remember.
Anyway, the victors start the journey home and, of course, another calamity befalls the crew of Starship Victory. The enemy, by the help of some nasty surprises left by the mysterious professor Ludendorff manages to divert the ship straight into a electrical storm and inside this storm lurks something very big and very very bad. The humans thought the New Men and their star cruisers were bad. Little did they know what was to fall upon them.
In this book the author unravels quite a lot of the story behind the New Men, the conspiracy and plotting that led to the creation of these nefarious evolved humans and the current situation. Naturally Maddox and his friends are forced through one hair raising adventure after another to combat the new threat. Starship Victory does indeed, eventually, get back to Earth just in time for Maddox to face a number of assassination attempts not to mention the possible destruction of the planet Earth. Naturally the arrogant and hugely annoying professor Ludendorff makes his best. even then, to twist events to fit into his own agenda.
As I wrote, it is a good book. Plenty of adventure, twists and revelations. Galyan, Victory’s computer AI, is developing by quite a few orders of magnitude I would say. They also get the weapons in working order although, sadly, they do not really get to use them much. There are some hints thrown around about how much more capable Galyan and consequently Victory have become though. In the end a battle is won but certainly not the war. I have to say that I would not mind seeing another book in this series being published. ...more
This book, not surprisingly, continues the story, roughly, from where the pervious book ended. The book is pretty much the same simple but entertaininThis book, not surprisingly, continues the story, roughly, from where the pervious book ended. The book is pretty much the same simple but entertaining adventure story as the first book. I have to say right away that the book starts of in a fairly illogical manner. Not that the individual actions on the various pages are very illogical but the entire set up is, at least as far as I am concerned.
Why do I say this? Well, we are talking about the legendary star ship, the container of technology that could prevent the extinction of the human race, at least the part of it that still has a somewhat human thought pattern, and they just let the people that managed to acquire it wonder off more or less individually. I am not really a advocate of heavy handed government actions but several of these people where still on the government payroll and yet they where just allowed to wonder off.
Anyway, ignore those issues and you end up with a quite decent little adventure. Maddox is back and so is Meta. There are a bunch of other people that are back as well of course but those are my two favourites. Unfortunately Meta has a few bumps along the road but I hope that she is back in the fold so to say. I just hate that infiltration/conspiracy stuff but then, that is just me.
Maddox is a enjoyable as ever and as “macho” as ever. There is plenty of action, both on the ground as well as in space. I quite like the action. It is perhaps not as complex as some of the books that I have read but it is still quite good. Definitely above average.
One the whole this is an enjoyable, light, read, I read it quite quickly. Still I quite enjoyed it. It is not “just another” cheap novel. This one is definitely above average and, equally definitely, worth reading. ...more
I have to say that I am a wee bit embarrassed by having waited so long to read another book by one of my favourite authors. I do have several books frI have to say that I am a wee bit embarrassed by having waited so long to read another book by one of my favourite authors. I do have several books from Mr. Nuttall, that I have already purchased, sitting on my tablet after all. I have also said before that I have never really been disappointed by a book written by Christopher Nuttall. This one is, again, no exception. I mean it is a side story in a series which I generally do not like., It is a science fiction story which is pretty much devoid of any space action which is also not exactly my favourite cup of tea.
Nevertheless I did quite enjoy this book. I stated above that some elements of the story was not my cup of tea. Well, one element of it was really my cup of tea. The basic story of someone coming from nothing and going through basic training to become a marine or some other military killing machine (hey that is what they train these people for after all) is right up my alley though.
The first two thirds of the book are just excellent. Well written, good character interactions and simply a nice story that really made you feel compelled to turn to the next page and I do not mean the rushed page turning that some books inspire but really turning to the next page after having completely read the previous one.
The last third of the book did not give the same wow-great feeling as the first two thirds though. In the last third Walker is a true marine and is embarking on real missions. Unfortunately these missions fails to provide much thrill. At least to this particular reader. They feel like they could have been any chapter in any of the other books in the series. Okay, okay that is not entirely true. Walker is a newly reqruited marine etc. etc. but still. The last third is okay, actually it is even good, but not really more than that and, as far as I am concerned this book is a really good book but I am afraid that it falls a wee bit short of the great mark.
Now, as I wrote above, Mr. Nuttall is one of my favourite authors and this is not just because he’s writing is “just” my cup of tea. He is a good, and I mean good, writer. This particular book is as well written as all of his. It was interesting to get some of the back story of Walker. On the whole is a very read worthy book. It might not be my favourite book my Mr. Nuttall but it is still quite high up on the list and, anyway, even my least favourite book or Mr. Nuttall is better than a lot of books.
Yeah, I know that I sound like a fan boy but what the heck, I just happen to like pretty much every book from this author that I have read so far. Period! ...more
Well, it was indeed a long time since I read the first books in this series. Okay, okay, “long” is perhaps a relative term but when I looked up the daWell, it was indeed a long time since I read the first books in this series. Okay, okay, “long” is perhaps a relative term but when I looked up the date when I read the first book, Last of The Chosen, I found that it was 2011. That was the year when I joined Goodreads and the year when my interest in reading books was rekindled. I remember thinking these books were just great and I was quite sorry when the series ended or at least no more books came out. Needless to say I was quite eager to dig into this book when I found out it was a new book in the Spirit of Empire Series.
I did indeed enjoy this book. However, at the same time it was, well, not exactly what I expected and perhaps a reminder of how we humans change with time and, unfortunately, how we grow older, get more experienced and with more experience, again unfortunately, it becomes more difficult to get those easy fixes of enjoyment. Okay, okay I am digressing a bit here.
Anyway, what I am trying to say is that I am sure that 4 years ago I would probably have rated this book a full set of stars. Today I give it a solid above average but I also put it solidly in the “young adult” category. It is a good book, fairly well written, with a lot of adventure. The author states that it is not necessary to have read the previous book in the series before reading this and I would say that he is essentially correct but I also have to say that it would indeed be an advantage if the reader had actually read the previous books to get a better understanding of the whole picture and some parts of the story.
It is a nice story indeed which weaves together two worlds, one “emerging” world and the empire. I like stories where people, generally some unsuspecting human, discovers that there is more to their world than the end of the visible horizon. This time we are talking, not about the humans with a reasonable grasp of science, but of a medieval world far far from Earth. Having said that, the destiny of Earth, the Empire and this medieval world are nicely woven together in this enjoyable adventure story.
If you are hoping for a high tech story with star ships slugging it out then you are likely to not be so entertained by this book. If you are into pure adventure, a interesting mixture of old and new, the struggles of an “old” world having to adapt to a new reality, lots of emotions and a fair bit of romance, all written in a fairly simple young adult style, well then this book will probably entertain you…a lot
I keep coming back to the fact that, in my opinion, the book is of the “young adult” category. The book is somewhat simplistic in a fair amount of things. People are “reasoned” into abandoning centuries of tradition, not to mention accepting science thousands of years ahead of them, in a very simplistic way. Sometimes it happens over the course of a few pages. The tactics, the science and the general ways things are done are pretty loosely founded in any actual logic or science. A lot of these actions and the justifications of the actions are more founded more in emotions and hunches than anything else.
Now do not get me wrong. This book is nothing like the works of, for instance, Saxon Andrew, where people are “shown the light” with a few firework displays from a few (millions) distinctly coloured ships with near magical capabilities. This book is a lot more intelligent and have a lot more depth than that.
During the first third of the book I was actually getting a bit disappointed since I felt that it was rushing over a lot of the opportunities of delving into the medieval illiterate meets far future space traveling aliens. I felt that things just went too quickly between first encounter and acceptance of the new reality. During the second third of the book I got more at ease with the style of the book though and regardless of my reservations this book is really a good adventure story with plenty of heroes and damsels in distress.
The last third of the book is quite a change of pace compared to the first two thirds. Well, the word “pace” is perhaps not the right choice since the pace or speed is fairly well kept up throughout the book but in the last third of the book the story ties more and more together with the previous three books and here it takes on more of a sci-fi nature in that we move temporarily away from the previously mentioned medieval world to a world of true sci-fi horrors. That is not to say that we leave Tranxte. Far from it. Everything in the story, whether it is on Tranxte or not, leads back to Tranxte eventually. If not right away, so in the future.
On the whole the story is reasonably original and fairly well executed. It ties quite well into the rest of the series without actually being an instalment directly in the story arc of the previous books. The end do indeed bring the actual story of the book to a conclusion although it also leaves the door, perhaps not wide open but still open, for a continuation. The author also claims that there is a fifth book on the way and that this one would be the end of the series. Personally I am looking forward to that book. Especially since [warning, mild spoiler ahead] the author moved time a few hundred years ahead in the last few pages of this book. ...more
The books in the Empires at War series is really my cup of tea to begin with so it is perhaps not so surprising that I liked this book. However, justThe books in the Empires at War series is really my cup of tea to begin with so it is perhaps not so surprising that I liked this book. However, just because a story itself aligns itself well with my favorite type of stories does not mean that it is a good story. In this case, as have been the case with the other books in this series, it is indeed a good story. Actually, as far as I am concerned it is a great story.
When I saw the name of this book I was a bit hesitant. I thought it would be somewhat of a side story focusing on some limited (limited compared to the big picture at least) conflict confined to the surface of some planet. The book can be considered as a bit of a side story but apart from that, wow was I wrong. Actually, having read it I am not sure whether there is more dirt side action or more space action. Since I have a preference for the latter I kind of notice that more than the other. It is definitely a good mix and whether your preference is for one or the other you will not be disappointed.
The nasty Cacas are getting quite a bit of a pounding in this book. I remember a few books back when I started to get a bit weary of the humans getting clobbered all the time. Well the last couple of books have rather made up for that little gripe. It is not exactly like the Empire is effortlessly wiping the floor with the Cacas (that would be rather unrealistic would it not?) but they are certainly getting a fair share of surprises and a good clobbering.
At this point of this post I would say that it would be somewhat superfluous to write that the book is well written but I will write it anyway. The book is really well written! The characters are as enjoyable to follow as ever. The action (combat) is really well done and quite realistic (within the realms of science fiction of course).
Are there any snakes in this paradise then? Well there is. There is a particularly nasty, self centred, egoistic bastard politician. Luckily said politicians is kept on a short leash (for now) but there are a few hints that this will cause future problems and, as anyone who has read more of my reviews knows, I just hate politician garbage. Having vented that piece of frustration I have to say that, luckily, these parts of the story are fairly brief (for now) and do not distract too much from the overall picture.
The book ends in a generally satisfactory way although Mr Dandridge does throw in a bit of a vague cliffhanger at the end. I hate it when a story ends in mid leap and happily this is not the case here. Said cliffhanger is more of a teaser bone for the next instalment. I am afraid that he succeeded. Now I am dying to know what these “people” fighting the Cacas on the other end of the Caca empire actually are.
Many book series that “drag on” for half a dozen or more episode have a tendency to get stale after a while. Let me, with emphasize, state that this is not the case with this one. Right now I am hoping that this series will never end. That is of course quite unrealistic since, at some point in time, the series will have outstayed its welcome if it does not advance towards some conclusion but today this is how I feel....more
Generally this is a good book continuing the Frontlines story but I do indeed have some gripes with some aspects of the story. The book starts off witGenerally this is a good book continuing the Frontlines story but I do indeed have some gripes with some aspects of the story. The book starts off with a nice piece of action where the Commonwealth and Sino-Russian alliance are actually kicking some Lankie behinds. However, then there is not really any follow up. They just waltz in, shot up some Lankies and then that course of action is more or less abandoned. During said attack there are some strange behavior on the Lankies side but that also leads nowhere except for some vague after-action discussions.
The rest of the book is devoted to the quest to bring the task force back home to Earth which is now under “blockade” by the Lankies who, for some strange reason, have taken Mars but then simply stopped. That is one huge part of the story that I have a real difficulty with. Why do the Lankies invade everything in sight (almost) but not Earth? We know they could do so easily so it is utterly illogical.
There are quite a bit of action going on in this book and it is quite well done. These parts of the book are reasonably realistic and the laws of physics are still respected even though this is science fiction. What still frustrates me though is that, after five years of combating the Lankies, the humans have still not come up with some heavy penetrator that can punch a hole in a Lanky ship. This annoys me enormously. Especially since we do get a second evidence that the Lankies can be hurt that way in this book and it would actually not be requiring quantum leaps in technology to achieve.
The book ends somewhat in a void as far as I am concerned. The task force do achieve their objectives although at high costs but Earth is not what it used to be and, of course, the Lankies are still at the doorstep. The outlook is not exactly a happy one but the book does not really hint at any path forward. Quite to the contrary. Some of the decisions by the characters to stay behind, for what looks like entirely nostalgic reasons, did not sit that well with me.
It is a shame really because the author does indeed write quite well. If there would have been less of the illogical elements in the story this would probably have been a great book. Now it is “just” good. ...more
If you are a fan of Saxon Andrew then you will probably like this book. Personally I have to say that I was a wee bit disappointed. I had stopped readIf you are a fan of Saxon Andrew then you will probably like this book. Personally I have to say that I was a wee bit disappointed. I had stopped reading books from this author because, even though I do like to read young adult material from time to time, every book felt just more like the same. The same in this case was (is) mainly naivety and overwhelming scenarios where galaxies and even universes are pitted again each other. Science is really non existent and “strategy” is mostly about how many reactors that can be fitted on a ship and whether it can fly fast enough or stealthy enough to defeat the enemy. I quite liked these kind of stories…for a while but you (or at least I) can only digest so many of them.
I gave this series a try because it sounded like it was going to be a bit of a depart from the previous book by this author and, indeed, the first book in the series was. However, this one is really back to the “old ways”.
The thrill of an alien, with somewhat supernatural powers, hiding on Earth is gone and we are back to fleet of millions of ships slugging it out in space. Ships are distinguished largely by which colour they are. The bad guys are made to see the light and turned into fierce allies in the blink of an eye and in the most naïve manner.
Bottom line is that this is a classical Saxon Andrew book and there is really little that distinguishes it from the rest of his many books. I do not like to drop a series in the middle of it but I am not really pressed to read the next instalment in this series when it comes out either. ...more
Andrew Grayson’s adventures continues in Lines of Departure. This book series is yet another of those apocalyptic visions of our future were incompeteAndrew Grayson’s adventures continues in Lines of Departure. This book series is yet another of those apocalyptic visions of our future were incompetent politicians have created an unsustainable welfare state which is about to come crashing down on them. Well, at least that is pretty much the backdrop. The book is, luckily, not really about said welfare state but about Andrew Grayson, his (mis)adventures in the North American Defense Corps and, of course, about the fact that Earth is about to be steamrolled over by the planet grabbing aliens from the first book.
Of course the humans cannot (yet) unite even when faced with such a dire threat and it does not help that a good chunk of the political as well as military leadership are incompetents assholes. The book blurb states that Andrew’s ship is packed with malcontents and troublemakers. I would say that this is not entirely correct. It is packed with people that opens their mouth when previously mentioned assholes gives them irresponsible and even immoral orders. Anyway, as you may guess it all ends up in a big clusterfuck at which time the aliens make their timely appearance. That is of course when it is time to bring out the really big guns. To bad they have to find one first…
The book is well written and it feels more focused than the previous book. Andrew is not jumping around all the time for instance. Well, he is being given assignments making him fly all over the place but he is not changing his role dramatically as he did in the last book and which I found a bit far-fetched. The action is not bad at all. A fair amount of the book is non-combat oriented though and Andrew spends quite some time with his mother and doing a lot of talking about the sad state of the more and more dysfunctional society around him. As I wrote, it was quite well written and it did not bother me too much but all the dialogue as well as monologue about this was sometimes on the limit of being a bit too much.
The book ends with quite a bit of fireworks as well as some surprises and a rather big cliffhanger. I cannot say that the cliffhanger surprised me enormously though and it will be interesting to see what will happen next. One thing that annoyed me tremendously was the fact that, despite knowing the threat there seemed to have been little work going on to actually counter it. Sure a few improvements to weapons and suits but nothing really worth much. Several years were supposed to have passed after all and the basic science behind the fireworks at the end of this book was not really very innovative in that anyone could have figured that one out and it would be rather easy to make a much more efficient “real” weapon along those lines.
Anyway, it was an enjoyable book and I have put Frontlines #3 on my to read list already. ...more
This book was, unfortunately, not at all my cup of tea. The Ark Royal series which essentially started this universe (some people seems to consider thThis book was, unfortunately, not at all my cup of tea. The Ark Royal series which essentially started this universe (some people seems to consider these books to be part of this series but according to the cover this is a separate series named after the name of the ship and that is what I am going by) was great. Warspite, the first book in this series, was also a book I enjoyed very much although it was clear that it was taking a somewhat different direction from the Ark Royal books.
This book however goes down a path that I did not like at all. Now please understand that there is nothing wrong with the book as such. Mr. Nuttall’s writing is a good as ever but not even he could really manage to make me keep my interest in this story. Why? Because it is almost entirely about politics, scheming, treachery, politicians screwing up and such like despicable activities. When it is not about politics it is about religion (the distinction is sometimes difficult) and naïve idiots that cannot keep their mouths shut. Not only do I not like to read about these things, I positively hate it. Sure there are some action towards the end but I am afraid that it did not really manage to get my interest rekindled.
The newfound aliens are almost only a backdrop to all kind of screw-ups, mostly of the political nature. It is pretty clear already from the start that the real adversaries (in this book it happens to be the Indians) are going in with malicious intent and all through the book we read about how stupid incompetent politicians back on earth screw up the situation while the Indians profit from the situation. As usual they send in our heroes to late and without sufficient resources to do anything meaningful about the situation.
If I would be rating this book entirely based on how much I liked the story itself it would probably get an even lower rating. However, that would be utterly unfair. As I wrote before there is nothing wrong with the technical qualities of the book. The writing is excellent, the characters well done and the story is well developed. I just do not like the story itself and that is of course a very personal opinion.
I will doubtlessly pick up the next book in this series even though I did not really like this one very much. Given how much I have enjoyed the vast majority of Mr. Nuttall’s book I am not about to give up this easily and the title of the next book A Small Colonial War does indeed seem promising. ...more
I used to read quite a few of Saxon Andrew’s books and quite liked them. Then they became rather repetitive and the youngish and naïve writing style sI used to read quite a few of Saxon Andrew’s books and quite liked them. Then they became rather repetitive and the youngish and naïve writing style started to feel a bit too simplistic for me so I stopped for a while. When I saw this one popping up on my Amazon recommendations, and after having read the book blurb, I decided that maybe I should give it a try. The blurb seemed to indicate that it might be sufficiently different from his other books to be interesting and I felt like going for a quick and easy read anyway.
It turned out to be a rather good decision. I quite liked this book. Yes it is the same youngish, simple and naïve writing style as Saxon Andrew always have used but in small dozes it is rather refreshing since it is always quite upbeat. The heroes are heroes in shining armor (or invisible force fields) and good have a tendency to prevail sooner or later. There are always some likable character or characters (human or otherwise) that feels rewarding to follow and the story is usually a bit of roller coaster style adventure.
This book have several of the ingredients that I like in books. First contact, a bit of superhuman abilities, there are things that go bump in…space, bad guys getting nasty surprises etc. Needless to say, the escape pod and its passenger are setting in motion a chain of events which have drastic consequences for Earth and its inhabitants.
One thing that have disappointed me previously with Saxon Andrew’s latest books are that some of them started off nicely but then quickly evolved (devolved?) into the same far out wild fantasies where stars, galaxies and even universes are destroyed at frightening speeds and it was difficult to see much difference between one book series and another. I guess we have to se if this one can avoid the same fate. I will pick up the next book and have a go at it at least. ...more
Chapter 13 in The Frontiers Saga is as enjoyable to read as most of the books in the series have been. It is great entertainment and I definitely likeChapter 13 in The Frontiers Saga is as enjoyable to read as most of the books in the series have been. It is great entertainment and I definitely liked this book except for a few things that I get to.
The book starts off right away with the Alliance giving the Jungs a good beating. There is plenty of action in this book and, for once, the Aurora is not totally shot to pieces. At least not right away. A decent amount of the action is down on the ground, either in the form of the Ghatazhak liberating former Jung worlds or Jessica on undercover and infiltration work on the next Jung world to liberate.
As the book blurb states some inhabitants are not all that eager to be liberated but, to be honest, that does not really play an enormous role in the book. Most of the book is more straightforward action and strategic decisions in order to achieve the 20 light year sphere. The action is good, very good, and the writing and characters are as enjoyable as always.
Naturally not everything goes exactly as planned and, as the book blurb also states, the Jung have a few surprises as well. Not all of them being of the kind that involves lobbying ships, missiles and blunts instruments at each other. I found this “other” surprise to be an interesting twist and it ties together some of the events on Earth with Jessica’s experiences when working undercover as well.
However, there are these “few things” that I mentioned. A minor gripe is that they are going through Ghatazhaks at frightening speeds, sometimes due to reasons I found not to be very valid. It is as if the shooting up of the Aurora now have been replaced by killing off Ghatazhaks. A less minor gripe is that Jessica, in my opinion, during her undercover work is behaving somewhat amateurish in that she is opening her mouth rather quickly and spilling details about jump drives and god knows what to people who’s integrity have hardly been satisfactory proven. Actually she is not the only one behaving amateurishly from time to time.
Then we have the situation in the Pentaurus cluster where the “nobles” are stirring up things and everything, quite frankly, goes to hell. This I could have been without. It was a totally unnecessary element of the story. It also created quite some sadness and losses and I felt that this book did not at all end on a happy note due primarily to this and, since I am a sucker for happy endings, I really did not like this.
If not for these issues, especially the latter, this book would have earned another star for me. It is still a good book though and, as is often the case, these gripes are due to the personal opinions and tastes of myself. I am indeed looking forward to the next instalment in the series. ...more
I would say that this is a decent enough young adult book. At least I am assuming that the target audience is the young adult segment. If not then theI would say that this is a decent enough young adult book. At least I am assuming that the target audience is the young adult segment. If not then the author missed his mark by quite a margin. It is a quite nice adventure story about a young man with more brainpower than muscle power and his “friends” with more muscle power than brainpower who, somewhat involuntarily, ventures out in space to discover a whole new reality. It is the kind of story I like.
Do not expect any hard science, elaborate story or deep characters from this book. It is a classical teenage adventure with some thrill, some romance and a fair bit of action. It is a decent enough story which is quite fun to read. There are huge holes in it though. The author ought to read up about airplanes before writing about them for instance. Most of the stuff about the Boeing 777 was just rubbish. And what about being able to talk to wolf-like aliens at first sight but then they needed translator devices to talk to the humanoids they encounter later on?
One of the main aspects of the story (minor spoiler ahead) is the fact that the humans are different, as in stronger, than most aliens around. Not invulnerable but definitely ass-kicking-like stronger. I liked this part of the story. It is the same concept as in T.R. Harris’ series The Human Chronicles but in a young adult version. Unfortunately the concept is not very developed in the book and most of the time Collin & Co are running around with inhibitors that limits their strength.
As a whole it was a enjoyable book. Not fantastic but worth the time spent reading it. Will I pick up the next one in the series if one comes out? Probably yes. It was good enough for me to want to know how things develop and how the series evolve. ...more