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The Settlers

(The Movement Trilogy #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  953 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Book 1 of The Movement Trilogy Earth is on the brink of ruin. Great storms destroy cities. Rising seas reshape the continents. Afraid for its survival, mankind constructs a fleet of space stations in orbit, and steps off-world. Among the humans fighting for their future are Micah Sparrow, a widower who uncovers a plot to return mankind to the dark ages; Tasneem Kyoh, who u ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Createspace (first published February 13th 2013)
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Adam Collings
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This book was quite different to what I was expecting. It is essentially a collection of stories examining the lives of various characters living on several space stations, after the surface of Earth becomes too dangerous for long-term survival. These stories tend to have quite a lot of emotional resonance.

The early part of the book focuses on the idea of immortality, and what might happen if you attempt to create a serum to extend human life. The later part of the book looks at the formation of
This is the first audiobook I've ever listened to; thanks to the author for providing it for free as part of his email program!

This was an interesting book, not just the storyline, but the way in which it was constructed. The main storyline deals with Tasneem Kyoh and David Dewbury during the time in which mankind is slowly moving off-planet into huge space stations because of the environmental destruction on earth. The author fills the gaps not with simple "this happened, then this happened", b
There are no quotation marks in this book. Luckily the conversations are pretty straight forward he said she said. The time line jumps ahead in leaps and bounds leaving unanswered questions about what happened to people in the past. You get to know the characters just long enough to invest in them and then they are gone and you find out they died 100 years ago. This book isn't really about the details of people. It's the details of human society as they transition to off planet life. What happen ...more
Stephen Figart
The lack of quotation marks really bothered me.
May 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
3.5 stars...This book needs chapter and time separations. It was confusing to read the way it is now.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-100
The Settlers, part 1 of The Movement Trilogy (actually kind of a 4 parter), is an emotional tour de force (but not overly emotional, and not emotionally draining) covering the slowly unfolding events leading up to a revolution across the twelve civilian space stations which now represent the last vestige of hope for the human species continued survival. Gee, that sounds dramatic.
description ...the future looks bright :)
As you've probably read in the other reviews, the premise of The Settlers is peop
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprise freebie off of Amazon.

I blazed through this book and plan on picking up the next in the series. :)
Lisa Hapney
The story is interesting if a little slow at times and it skips around a lot. I read these two books one after the other as neither is very long and they have kind of joined together in my mind as they could easily have been one book with Parts 1 and 2. So I'm just going to review them in that manner as well. Tasneem Kyoh and David Dewbury are the characters that tie this story together through all the skipping around as they are the only two around for the 500 years covered in these two stories ...more
Peter Petermann
So, I started reading this book after reading the description. The description however teases a different story than the book provided.

Now, before I go on, I want to mention something which annoyed the crap out of me. I'm not a native English speaker, and this might have made this issue worse for me than it probably is for others, but the author in my opinion deserves a slap in the face for the way he chose to write dialogues. He is not using any quotation marks at all, which makes it hard enou
Mike Forrest
I did enjoy this book, the premise intrigued me and it had a good storyline, but I did have some issues which detracted from what it could have been.

Firstly, I'm not a fan of the writing style. The narrative didn't feel like it flowed smoothly, and I found myself re-reading paragraphs repeatedly because I couldn't tell who was speaking, if they were speaking at all, or making an observation or just the author describing what they were feeling.

My other main issue with the story as a whole was the
Trevor Vass
This novel is less science fiction than it is a study of human tragedy. The story could have been plunked down in the middle of any world ending scenario (the fall of the Roman empire, the end of Mayan civilization, etc.) and it would have worked just as well. As other reviews have pointed out the choice to jump around between times and characters is a detriment to the tale, and the author's unique dialogue choices are likewise irksome (he chooses not to use quotation marks).
Overall while the no
Maddie Finch
I give it 2 stars, 1 for effort and 1 for the ideas. However, the book is unreadable, the plot jumps years between chapters, the location and context and society wildly changes without any indication, the reader is left wondering what's going on, dialogues are incomprehensible due to missing punctuation,.... It all feels like running around in a bad and confusing dream. This story has a lot of potential to be epic but would need to be written across many books with a lot more meat on it's bones. ...more
D.J. Morand
Jul 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Standard grammar rules need not apply

I don't know why anyone publishes a book without following the basic tenants of grammar. When two people have a conversation use quotations. I hoped it was only the introductory chapters, but no it was not. I cannot abide poor editing and grammar, regardless of the story.
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Once again I am amazed by Jason Gurley's writing, he really is one of the best.

The Settlers had me hooked from page one, right through until the very end. Loved this series.
Shh... One More Chapter
Apr 19, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I didn't get very far, which is disappointing because the story had potential. I'm all for creative liberties, but you have to use basic punctuation. Without quotes, it's simply too hard to follow. ...more
A Silent Bookworm (Jessica Parker)
This book takes place over the course of approximately 100 years. The story is about people migrating from a dying Earth to space stations. One space station becomes a sociological experiment (and not in a good way).

I have read more sci-fi books for this reading challenge than I have in my entire life combined. I took on the challenge to expand my horizons in different genres. I will say, though, it is books like this one, that are turning me off from the genre. While I did enjoy the story, the
Danny Corona
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the book

The way the stories were told and the main plot is still in the background, I enjoyed it. Though there was a lack of quotation marks, I was able to follow it just fine. I'm not sure if the author intended it or not, I haven't seen any evidence of it. Hope he sees all these reviews and give us an answer.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just Ok

Sadly, the book failed to capture and hold my attention. Hard to explain why, but i didn't care about the characters, and there is no coherent plot. I liked the world setup though
C.M. Lee
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a good book, looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy and following this world.
Jason Gurley has created an immersive world that draws you in and makes you invested in a character in a very short period of time. So good, I can't believe I had never read anything by him before.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking

I enjoyed the style of the story. How we found out about the world around the characters by what was happening to others and not necessarily directly to them. Yet other times it was direct action. A very different method of story telling.
Lee Jenkinson
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While seemingly a little disjointed to me, this book nevertheless kept me hooked until the end. The scope of the story and the world it takes place in is satisfyingly large scale without sacrificing the characters dimensionality. Overall, a good read.
Frederico Bianchini
A story about humanity leaving a devastated Earth... But not only that, The Settlers tells little stories about people and their feelings around humans conquering space, immortality and their own humanity.

Mr Frank Fitzpatrick
Good start but with some flaws

This was a decent read but it has flaws. It seems to jump about without reason especially the dialogue with his dead wife which I found distracting. Will try a sample of volume 2 and see how it goes.
Corinne Hughes
I listened to this on Audible. It's a really fascinating structure for a sci-fi novel. It spans a long period of time from various perspectives that intertwine in very subtle ways. Over the course of time, we learn the ins and outs of this future world as rebellion brews. ...more
Nov 12, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-give-up
I. Just. Can't! The conversations are immature at best. I can't connect with the characters. 1/3 of the way into the book, you should care about the story. I don't. Annoying. ...more
Kavita Favelle
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Classic sci-fi themes nicely handled and appealing characters too
An enjoyable book, some classic sci-fi themes nicely handled and appealing characters too.
Brenda Worley
A little too archaic for me.
Adam Mahler
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great series start

I really liked this book. The premise is interesting and I enjoyed the way the story was told and how it all unfolded.
Ernest Burdett
Jumped around

It wasn't a bad book and it held my attention. It just just jumped around a lot and sometimes didn't seem to have a point.
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Jason Gurley's bestselling self-published novel, Eleanor, was acquired by Crown Publishing and reissued in 2016. He's the author of Greatfall, The Man Who Ended the World, and other novels, among them Awake in the World, due in 2019 from Roaring Brook Press. He lives and writes in Scappoose, Oregon. ...more

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