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While there were some views and opinions in this book I did not agree with, there were some points that the author brought up that are worth discussinWhile there were some views and opinions in this book I did not agree with, there were some points that the author brought up that are worth discussing.
Full review to come when I'm not typing on a phone....more
If you're well-versed in scifi nothing in this book will surprise you. If you're decently versed in film you'll practically be able to predict everythIf you're well-versed in scifi nothing in this book will surprise you. If you're decently versed in film you'll practically be able to predict everything that will happen.
It's like the author went and decided: You know what would be cool? The Seven Samurai in space. We can have space samurai. But the whole western thing from Firefly was cool too so I'll use The Magnificent Seven instead and just take the space cannibals. The leader can have an AI in his head like Master Chief and one character must be named Leroy Jenkins. The aliens will be like the bugs from Starship Troopers!
Now this could have been a fun read, but the execution was about as smooth as a pile of jagged rocks. The author jumps from event to event with barely a pause in between relaying on the fact that the reader is well-versed in the very things that will make this book boring and predictable since other than "on mars" and "run by corporations" there really isn't any world building. Now don't get your hopes up for this being a character driven story either because there's no character development either. The author makes a halfhearted attempt with the main character, Durango, but it never got out of the "leader with a tortured past" cliche. The rest of the characters never got past the tropes they started as. Some of this is the fault of the pacing; the story never pauses long enough for the characters to have any meaningful conversations because they're constantly having fight the bad guys to run off and rescue the kid who just had to get captured yet again, or maybe the bad guys showed up again to twirl their mustaches and adjust their monocles.
The only surprise in this book was how absurdly long the fight scenes could get. Authors, for the love of all that is good and pure, the same kind of fight scene that is exciting when your watching a movie is about as exciting as watching paint dry when your reading it. Movies and literature have different strengths, please utilize the appropriate ones for the one you are using. Blow by blow accounts of a long boss fight tend to read like shopping lists after the first couple pages. In books, cool movie shots that rely heavily on that visual elements (such as the bad guy and main character's fists stopping inches from each other's faces) tend to be either be boring or require so much description to get the idea of what's happening across that it ruins the pace of the scene.
Overall the book was rather unremarkable and unoriginal but it isn't so bad it makes you want to claw your eyes out. It will gladly keep you company while you're in a waiting room since it is easy to put down and come back to. If you're looking for the comfort of familiar tropes, or want to read something that reads like a shameless mash up (we all have our moments) this is the book for you....more