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There are story lines and sub plots, and intersecting and diverging relationships, challenging new worlds and conflicting ideologies that lead to war, advanced technologies and creatures with new talents. What more could you ask for in great SF Novel! All the pieces are here, great plot line and rich well developed characters, exceptional leadership and inept. The narration is outstanding. Read or listen to the first book if you have not already done so. Once I started listening to the book I couldn't stop. When does the next book hit the street?! Keep writing Kevin and Brian. Well done as usual Scott.
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I know that the essence of good writing is conflict and without it you just get boring. However, when the protagonist is challenged over and over again they are supposed to overcome the in-between problems before the next disaster starts. Almost everyone believes they are brilliant but they never learn, anything.
In Awakening, everyone thinks they are so brilliant they can't possibly lose so, of course, everyone loses. I mean every time, in every way. When the bad guys make a plan the good guys make a better plan. Of course when that is done the aliens (who no one new existed) step in to save the day. But of course that goes wrong. Then the universe steps in and causes more problems.
I could go on and on but why bother? It is the most depressing group of characters I have ever known. It isn't that everything goes wrong...it's that nothing, ever, goes right and not one ever learns anything.
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