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This is an odd book. I liked the characters and the general arc of the plot, but there were a lot of little details that bothered me. Slavery is everywhere in this book, including among the good guys, so it was hard to root for them or accept that their government should win. Nah, man, y'all should all be overthrown, none of our y'all are ruling responsibly.
The narration is clear. And easy to follow. But also very stilted. Which kept dragging me. Out off the story. Much like. This paragraph.
I didn't know who Steven Harper was, so I didn't realize that that is the pen name Steven Piziks uses when writing his gay-friendly science fiction. I have nothing against homosexuals, and have voted against the anti-gay propositions in my state, but I am in fact a straight man, and I found the gay scenes in this book to be quite a hindrance to my enjoyment. The story wasn't bad, and I'd probably get the next one in the series and keep reading, except for the gay love and gay flirtation scenes.
For all of that, the story is OK, and if you can be entertained by a story including gay characters, gay flirting, brief descriptions of gay sex, etc., you would probably enjoy the series. Unfortunately for me, the inner straight guy inside found it all a little hard to take, and I only finished the book in an expression of will-power, wishing to be open-minded and then think about the experience for a week or so before responding.
So here's my summation: decent story, credibly written, and probably quite entertaining, even validating, for someone who is either homosexual, or at least far better acclimatized to homosexual themes than someone like me.
As far as the qualities of the audio book itself, the reader did a great job. He used different voices for the different characters, and they sounded good to me. His Australian accent sounded credible to me, though I'd swear he learned it watching John Safran videos on Youtube.
Overall a pretty decent book, but just not for me.
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