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Astral Fall

(Astral Fall #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A hundred-year interplanetary war receives little attention from the military's greatest warriors.

Until five of them devise a secret plan to end it.

From Midwest Book Review:
"Think the classic Ender's Game, but without any attempt to mimic Orson Scott Card's scenarios or success. Think a military battle structure holding the epic confrontations of Lord of the Rings, compl
Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published March 21st 2016 by Independent (first published January 2016)
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Jessica Mae Stover Note from the author: I want to prepare your expectations by conveying that this is a series that is somewhat episodic. Some readers love this (and al…moreNote from the author: I want to prepare your expectations by conveying that this is a series that is somewhat episodic. Some readers love this (and all early adopters are saints!), some like to wait. Which are you? For deeper info about the book:
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Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a completely new take on an intergalactic world and I hope it wins an award so it'll become more popular.

This book does a couple key things differently than most series do, which may have made it less popular, but have also made it unique:

World-building: This book does not give pages and chapters of world-building and character building. Stover basically throws you into and the world and says "figure it out". This made the first 50 pages seem terribly confusing, but after a while the bo
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know where to begin with this review as this book is unlike any I have read before. Believe me when I say that I have read a lot of scifi so that is unusual in itself.

So what is different? Well, i'll try and explain what Stover is creating here and i'll say right now, you can tell she has a lot of books in this series in mind, you can just feel it. So a brief overview: This is a high tech military book, absolutely packed full of acronyms like SOP and KTNO, it is also full have high milit
Curtis Sawyer
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Astral Fall" is a rarity in science fiction today as it is not based on an existing movie, prior work, or global franchise. It is wholly fresh--a story that is as gripping as it is unique. Books are often referred to as "page turners" but when you reach the chapter "roselaurels" you will be hard pressed not to read straight through to the end in a single sitting. In addition to telling a compelling story, there are also many subtleties that challenge a reader on the first pass. This artfulness ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Astral Fall is a book that engages the reader right out of the gate, being both familiar and uniquely alien at the same time. Stover has woven a tapestry that is delicately unfurled, revealing a complex and colourful universe as rich in character and detail as some of science fiction and fantasy's greatest world-builders. As the first installment in a heroic space adventure of epic scale, this book is sure to delight fans of works like Ender's Game or Lord of the Rings. As this series unfolds, i ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always find it difficult to review a single book in a series—it's like reviewing the first twenty minutes of a movie as a standalone piece. I have to admit that had this book not been highly recommended (and gifted) to me by a friend, I'm not sure I would have stuck with it past the first quarter or so (I'm telling you this so that you stick with it if you find yourself in the same position). That could be due to a short attention span on my part or perhaps a touch too much setup and expositio ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book had a confusing and annoying start, some good and fun bits, then it just stops. I kept trying to swipe to the next page an embarrassing number of times and still wasn't convinced it had ended, until I checked some other user reviews. ...more
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it
A very interesting science fantasy book. This book is the first in a series, and mostly seemed like setup for the following books. That being said, it was very engaging, and I was very interested from start to finish. I'll be honest, the main thing that drew me in was that it was about cool powered armor/exosuits.

The area in which I felt it was lacking was its explanations. The book primarily throws technobabble at you, without explaining much of what things meant. Definitions of things like the
Rich Willson
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blew my mind!! and.. Gah!! Any one who has read this will understand; this better be a "theoretical" ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fellow Hugo readers pick up this book! Can't wait for the next one ...more
Donald Kirby
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My dear friend! You wrote a fantastic sci-fi book. I didn't even want to put it down, but because I didn't sleep well last night I had to rest before finishing this book. I can't wait for part two :-). To all other readers, if you love sci-fi, you will love this book. The names/characters in this book are unique and intriguing. You won't be sorry! ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was great! Review forthcoming.
Short version: Wait for the next book in the series to come out. If it comes out (and if the quality is comparable to this book) you should definitely pick this one up if you like unconventional military scifi. Definitely recommended - depending on the sequel.

There's a lot to like about the book, as other reviewers have already described really well. The way the reader gets thrown into the world and bombarded with special phrases, acronyms and tech without any explanation is fascinating, the com
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another reviewer said that this book never panders and that's the truth. Finally we have a scifi adventure writer that treats the reader with a lot of respect. In fact, I think this series is potentially The Next Big Thing ((in a different way than Wool was)). It's mysterious, written very powerfully and yet it is subtle, and doesn't pull punches. It was not predictable and it is not YA. I like enough YA but it's nice for a change to have something grown up. It's serious and also some parts are ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was great! Review forthcoming.
Seth May
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
As part I of a two (or more) part story I liked it. The world seems interesting, but the end was unfulfilling as it was left.
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Jessica Mae Stover is the screenwriter and director of the sci-fantasy movie ARTEMIS ETERNAL, founder of the associated production startup, and author of the novel Astral Fall. Her additional work and dailies, as well as her online community, can be found at her official site, on Twitter @JSto, and her Patreon, WIZARDS.

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