Into the Dark : Alexis Carew

  • by J.A. Sutherland
  • Narrated by Elizabeth Klett
  • Series: Alexis Carew
  • 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At 15, Alexis Carew has to face an age old problem - she's a girl, and only a boy can inherit the family's vast holdings. Her options are few. She must marry and watch a stranger run the lands, or become a penniless tenant and see the lands she so dearly loves sold off. Yet there may be another option, one that involves becoming a midshipman on a shorthanded spaceship with no other females.


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A Very Different (But Very Good) Sci-Fi Tale

This is not your average space science-fiction story but is definitely worth the listen. Even though there are space battles, heroes, enemies, and everything else you might expect, this book is so different as to set it apart from other similar stories.
The author manages to combine space science fiction with the old tales of British tall sailing ships, far off colonies, broadsides, boardings, and pirates. The author manages to combine the two in a way that (mostly) works and makes sense without losing the feel of the sailing ship or futuristic space themes. As a fan of both sailing and space science fiction, I feel like this book could have been written just for me.

The main character, Alexis, is a teenage girl on a far off colony planet. Raised by her grandfather after her parent's deaths, she is the heir to vast lands, plantations, and holdings. She has grown up leading, managing, and learning about her families businesses and trading activity throughout the colony. Unfortunately, women cannot inherit and her grandfather is getting old. Unable to stomach the thought of marrying any of the arrogant, stupid, or abusive male nobility left in the colony or to become a destitute worker after her lands are sold off, she enlists as an officer on a visiting naval vessel desperate for crew. Though a woman in the navy isn't unheard of, none of the military ships in the outer colonies have ever had a female on board. A capable and intelligent teenager, she throws herself into the honor of the service. However, she does not lose hope that her grandfather will be able to convince the governing landowners to change the law on her homeworld so that she can someday return and claim what is hers.

The life on board the ship is identical to that the officers and sailors of old sailing ships, but the author still brings all of the aspects of space travel to make a ship that "sails" through space. There were a few places that I (admittedly) was unconvinced with the technology or science behind some of the story, but it was a good enough book that it's easy to overlook the few holes in the science in exchange for the amazing theme and universe the book created.

The British narration was very good. The narrator gets a solid 5 stars.

Most fans of sci-fi will either like this book very much or will at least be able to appreciate it. If you're like me and have an like or experience with sailing, then you will certainly love it. I would recommend to just about anyone.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
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- Striker "Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, and YA Novels. If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!"


Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definately recommend this book to a friend and have in fact have already recommended it to several people! I got this book free for a review, but would spend a credit on it in a heartbeat. In fact, I was quite annoyed when I found out that the next book was not yet out!

What other book might you compare Into the Dark to and why?

I would say this book is a cross between the TV series Firefly and the book The Martian, as far as the Science Fiction aspect of the story goes. That is the way I would describe it to others. However, I would have to add that it is one of those tales, like the Harry Potter books, that could be enjoyed by any age range. There is a heroine who is the underdog, the people in her corner, and the ones working against her. The writer is excellent. I don't know if this is his (or her) first book, but if it is, I think they have a long and successful career ahead of them.When this book is discovered by others, as I know it will be, it will be a bestseller.

Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Klett – was your favorite?

She did a wonderful job with everyone, and there were alot of characters. It would have been a tough job as a narrator (and I know since I am one) to differentiate all the people in the story in a way the listener can keep them straight.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was a bit too long for that. I listened every chance I got though.

Any additional comments?

I loved it and am looking forward to the next book.

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- LJM VO "Besides being an RN, I am an avid audiobook listener as well as a narrator and producer for Audible. I love Audiobooks!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-26-2015
  • Publisher: J.A. Sutherland