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Fringe Runner is the first book in a series called Fringe by Rachel Aukes. Humanity has spread beyond the solar system to inhabit six other worlds, governed by an organization called the Collective. But the struggle between the powerful Collective and the working class now threatens the peace. In this environment, Aramis Reyne is a ship captain focused on making enough money to make ends meet with his crew by running mail and supplies to the fringe, or the edges of the collective. On of one such mission, Reyne and his crew are thrust into the middle of a developing conspiracy. Now Reyne must figure out how to navigate the situation while keeping his crew safe.
Fringe Runner is a new space opera and it definitely fits the category. The background leading up to the beginning of the novel is a little complicated but is explained quickly in the beginning in a somewhat abrupt prologue. But it was definitely necessary to set up the story. Fringe Runner is ultimately a story about the oppressed working class rising up against the corrupt ruling class. The antics of the aging ship captain and his crew are really fast-paced and filled with action and snide remarks. The story is also filled with unexpected twists and turns that move the characters from one place to another. And these shifts from planet to planet and from ship to ship, each with its own cast of characters for Reyne and his crew to interact with makes the story really dynamic. There is a diversity of characters – aging, disabilities, addiction struggle, rebels, pirates, and secret society members. While each character seemed to have their defining trait, there was not enough time with each character to really get to understand the depth of all of the characters. However, the pace of the action was such that the deep characterization was not missed. Hopefully, as the series continues, the characters will develop further.
This novel was narrated by James Foster. Overall, the narration was really well done, the characters were distinguishable and the accents were really good and diverse. The production quality was also good. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes action-filled space operas and stories about fighting against the ruling government.
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9 of 10 people found this review helpful
I loved this little space opera. The pacing was good. The characters had dimension. The storyline was fun and thrilling. The ending was a little weak, but...not so weak as if take away a star. The narration was AMAZING and I sincerely hope we get the second book narrated by the same narrator. He was phenomenal!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I am always picking up new books by narraters who I follow :) this was a pleasant listen.
From the interesting characters of Rain, Throttle (his daughter) and his crew, while picking up a package from a dead whose circumstance are beyond questionable, things start to get interesting.... the package is taken from them by a CUF Commandant..... There are some twists and turns in this story I wasn't expecting. Rain seemed to be a strong Captain, but then he almost blew that by doing some silly things to get himself injured. But his loyalty to the cause, and to his crew is commendable. And I really liked him for that.
I think my fav characters were Throttle and Demise, the pirate Tech. He had such humour even in the worst situations. It added a great dimension to the story. I do wish it were longer, and that it didn't end as it had. But with traitors around and his previous history expunged so to speak this might be a very great series to look out for. :)
This was the first one from James Foster that I've listened to, and he had a great tone for Rain... even his female characters were distinct enough for me to know who they were without the tags. haah.
Thanks for letting me listen in and I'll watch for more.