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Here we are at book four of this series and I have read and enjoyed every one. The trouble is, that I still do not fully understand why. Until recently, the reasons have well resisted rising to the top of my consciousness.
There are plenty of reasons that I could have not liked this series:
- Some of the writing is cliché, syrupy and even goofy ("I love you more than life itself", 'You are close to my heart", "I do not want to live without you").
- The author seems to confused about the differences between interstellar space and intergalactic space and between scale of the two. In fact, the sense of scale in this story in terms of dimension, speed and raw numbers sometimes gets so implausible that it crosses the border into silly land at times.
- The "science" in the "science fiction" feels like something out of the old "Buck Rogers" movies or sometimes even more like the old "Twilight Zone".
All that said, I have loved every one of these books and have pretty much done straight through listens on all of them (plenty of credit to the excellent skills of Liam Owen as well). I think it is because Saxon Andrew's stories provide a vision of what things could be like if we were primarily driven by the desire to love and care for one another and the will to find large non-zero sum solutions for our differences. The strength of these themes make me suspend my disbelief on the types of issues described above and instead look at these stories as inspirational fantasy with a science fiction flavor.
I would recommend these books (especially, but not solely, for young adults) not because they are strong examples of the sci fi genre (as I see it, they are not), but because they provide food for thought on where want to go as a civilization. I am very much looking forward to the continuation of the series.
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a good continuation of previous books in the series. the story is interesting and generally engaging. but one gets the feeling after a while when the Human Alliance is stuck in a corner or needing help to resolve a last-minute crisis that the author off and pulls a rabbit out of his hat comes up with some miraculous change of the laws of physics or a hidden discovery that just by chance happens to come to someone at that moment and can be implemented in a very short period of time in order to save all of the Human Alliance.
Also after a few books this one is continuing the pattern where the editor has failed to notice that the author occasionally either restates or repeat sentences or paragraphs. this is become rather annoying as you were listening to the story and suddenly the author restates the same exact sentence with a word that has previously or restates the paragraph entirely and you're wondering if there's something wrong with your player there isn't there something wrong with the editor couldn't be bothered to hear that the book was repeating itself and make the appropriate edits
i have enjoyed this series tremendously but you don't get a lot of content for your money.
The first 3 books are the best, simple as that. This is still a good one, new charters but time frame get push. There is often year gaps between chapters. I understand moving the story but it happen a lot.
You're gonna need a bigger boat. Replace boat with starship and its how this story works. Problem bigger ship and bigger guns. Oh wait by the end of the book there using dark matter weapons. So what's next supernovas???