A Red Peace
A Red Peace, first in Spencer Ellsworth's Starfire trilogy, is an action-packed space opera in a universe where the oppressed half-Jorian crosses have risen up to supplant humanity and dominate the galaxy.
Half-breed human star navigator Jaqi, working the edges of human-settled space on contract to whoever will hire her, stumbles into possession of an artifact that the lead
Fleeing from the evil
It's all actually a lot more complex than that ...more
It is space opera cranked all the way up to 11.
I would be remiss if I also didn't point out things that might seem "Star Wars-esque" - we've got our young hero Jaqi (Luke) fleeing the evil Resistance (Empire) while she grapples with her rare ability to use the Starfire (Force). Of course she's pursued by the troops of John Starfire (the Emperor). The elite troops, the Vanguard (Stormtroopers) are armed with their soulswords (lightsabers).
For about the first 130 pages (r ...more
There is a lot packed into these pages. I found it a bit confusing at first and it's not for the faint of heart but if you just go with it it's a good ride.
ARC graciously provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Full review to come when I get more time to write one.
In spite of all the running and gunning, the chase between the stars, and a brush with what may have been a literal manifestation of evil, it sadly didn't feel like anything of consequence happened in this story. Even the deaths along the way, and there were more than a few, failed to get any response from me other than an "oh! ... Who were they again?"
None of the events were ...more
Starting off this book, I was lost. And then just when I think the young female protagonist got good things going (she met a boy), everything goes suddenly dark. Turns out, there's no romance after all. If Starfire were a ...more
A Red Peace is the first in the Starfire Trilogy written by Spencer Ellsworth, and along with an interesting plot (more on that in a minute) it comes with an utterly stunning cover. Please take a minute to appreciate the artwork, detail and color palette of the cover. I’m in love with it. As far as the plot is concerned, it’s a bit like space opera meets the Wild West. It’s full of aliens, giant space bu ...more
Ellsworth knows his characters through and through and I felt like it added a lot to the story.
The characters are one of the high points. Jaqi is awesome. She's also a type of character that I haven't seen much of, because she's...not very smart. She's brave and worth rooting for, but she'll only think a step ahead. It's refreshing in a genre with a lot of "canny" or analytical protagonists.
The book also manages to have small children as main characters who felt real but weren't annoying, which is hard! I was less in ...more
"Elsworth’s debut is a capable, if familiar, take on revolution in space and what comes after an empire falls. ... This first volume primarily sets up the narrative that is to come, and leaves too many threads dangling for the conclusion to be satisfying. "
So, probably not for me. Cool cover art, though. ...more
It's a space opera with soulswords, with giant bugs as spaceships, with light devouring spiders the size of suns, creepy cyborg human/millipedes and half-human crosses and weird aliens and everything your 12-year sel ...more
Likes: Jaqui is awesome. Actually so is Z and Araskar. I loved these characters, they were funny and very cool. The world building was well done and interesting, I'd like more details. The ideas on gender and the nature of creation a ...more
The main 'good guys' in this battle for supremacy are the Human/Jorian crossbreeds. Known colloquially as Crosses.
"Like all his troops, he’d been grown in a vat, yanked out slimy and febrile by mechanized arms, given a data dump to serve as his memories, given a number without a name, and loaded onto a drop ship to be another ...more
It's what I longed for when I watched "The Force Awakens." I so wanted to see a Stormtrooper fighting his upbringing, having an attachment with his fellow soldiers that kept him from, say, killing a planet-full of his compatriots. I also hoped to see an original story (ie not involving a death star). "A Red Peace" delivers on all of these things in a way that hits all the adventure beats of a Star Wars movie, while also presenting something uni ...more
I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the far future.
Genetic half-breed between Humans and Jorians have been created, and now they have risen up as rebels. ...more
I tend to prefer more of a hard sci fi or sci fi opera when it comes to Science fiction. In the case of the Red Peace, the Sci Fi space part is the setting more than the focus. This is definit ...more
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Unsettling at first but once you get used to all the jargons used in this book, you’ll find yourself having a hard time in putting it down. The basic premise is that the age of humans is coming to an end when the crosses (term for human/alien hybrids) that they’ve made—through vat culture—rallied toge ...more
The tactic of using alternating POV characters provides an interesting mix of perspective to the reader, while eagerly awaiting the inev ...more
The reluctant hero Jaqi (I mean in full denial all the way through), the natural born scab of two vat born crosses, has a hand in shady business and a not picky love life. She jumps from one heap of trouble to another all for tomatoes (and perhaps two clueless children).
The no ...more
He is also ...more