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Preview — Apex Five by Sarah Katz
Apex Five: The Plane, Book One
In recent years, the nation of Tabira has employed remarkably advanced technology to subjugate the entire Plane and eradicate all belief in the Zaam. Now, the three remaining nations must uncover the secret behind Tabira's sudden forward leap in civilization.
At the fo ...more
You see, one of the main conflicts in Apex Five is that the dominant nation, Tabira, is trying to stop people from following a certain religion, and uses violence to do so (for no reason, apparently). If Katz's message had been that humans need spirituality solely in the for ...more
Sarah Katz opens her Apex Five fantasy/sci-fi series in kaleidoscopic splendor. The Plane, Book One is delightful and intriguing, leaving one hungry for the books to follow.
After a brief peek at an ancient cataclysm, The Plane opens in a fictional world where five societies, Tabira, Lir, Garo, Ayam, and an extinct polity known as the Opal nation, comprise a cultural and political tapestry of overlapping history and ancestry. Glowing and mysterious megaliths from a lost civilization tower over...more
Maybe that's a good comparison? Jack Vance meets Yoko Tsuno.
The in media res narration is executed consistently, avoiding info-dumps ...more
The five sections are different, and some are ruled by a ruthless leader. What happens are things that also happen in our current world: trying to wipe out a religion, or suppressing women. The question is: what have we learned?
It was sometimes a bit difficult to follow, because persp ...more
Katz’ writing is excellent, truly poetic and at times utterly beautiful. I found her attention to detail and her world-building amazing. The world she created in this novel is profoundly complex and rich with its own history, and without her writing skills, I would have found myself lost in ...more
I loved the prologue but then did struggle a little with the beginning chapters as there was a lot of information given abo ...more
I really like this book because of the action and adventure it give you. I don't like space/ sci-fi but I can't stop reading this book. I really love the characters, the details and the why the author writes this book.
I also like that she give you a list of characters, places so that it helps you who is who or who is where.
I really excited for book two, and you guys really need to pick up this book.
Mystery, good banter, great story and concept, sci fi from an author that understands and loves technology.
I have visited many different worlds and universes through reading, but only a few expand my imagination and leave me wondering and wanting to set foot in those worlds, see more, experience the corners I didn't get to see, learn about the culture and people.
This is one of them.
I couldn't put the book down once I was immersed in this imaginative, creative world. The characters were well developed and although the book provided some resolution I wanted the story to continue. Thank you for the glossary, it provided a welcome summary.
Katz provides an astounding yet bizarre juxtaposition of technological modernity and ancient faith, against a backdrop of conflicting convictions surrounding “enlightenment.” She portrays villainy and heroism while depicting all char ...more
Apex Five is a refreshingly original novel by indie author Sarah Katz. Boasting a politically-fueled storyline and some memorable characters/alien races, this is a book I won't be forgetting soon. There were a few very minor qualms I had with some of the POV transitioning, which is the only reason this didn't get the full 5 stars. Still, coming from such a small publishing hous ...more
My biggest complaint about the book is the formatting. I have pretty good eyes, and the text was still far too sma ...more
The world-building is decent enough and most of the main characters are fleshed out and have *character*. For the most part, you can begin to guess how certain characters will react or behave in a given situation with some nuance. I'd say these are the two things I enjoyed most.
While the plot made sense and followed logical flows, there were more few parts that left me suspicious it was an element of conven ...more
Set on The Plane, the story of Apex Five follows the struggles and tribulations of different nations and their leaders as they cope to come to terms with issues such as religion, technology and conflict. Each main character harbours his or her own opinion about the Zaam (godlike beings which feature in the religious narrative of T ...more
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"Apex Five" is a good and intriguing read full of well delivered characters. It is a combination sci fi ...more
The author has a lot of potential, so I will most likely read the next installment in the series.
I'll keep it in mind for another day.
I had a hard time with this book. I had a really hard time following along and figuring out who was who, and how it all fit together. Maybe a map would have helped. Or more tie-in details.
The end was underwhelming and did little to bring it all together. And the part about the slime guys seemed completely unnecessary.
It had much more potential but fell short
The character's in this post apocalyptic world where civilizations are trying to work out food, water and simply existing with one another are so sympathetic. Rohem!
The terrain these being live on seems beautiful and treacherous. And religion is both used to control and to be feared.
This is not ...more
The worst part of attempting to read this book is the many POV characters. I realized halfway through the book that I did not know who half of the characters were; and I didn’t care, because I didn’t have enough time with any single charact ...more
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