Regular price: $19.95
Buy Now with 1 Credit
Buy Now for $19.95
This was an interesting take of a Post-Apocalyptic world where space travel becomes necessary. A woman finds out the truth about the people in power, and she has two choices. Do what they want, or die. She reluctantly goes on a space mission, away from the Dome on earth, the last surviving dome with human life, in search for a space station that has the potential to hold them all. Time is short. The bio-dome her companions are in is failing, and they need somewhere safe.
My biggest problem with this story is the dialog information dump. The author has a creative world set up, but cannot find a way to trickle pieces of information about the world we're in throughout the book. A lot of times it's done in dialog, overheard dialog, or over the top dialog. A lot of the time, I can't see these characters talking in a history lesson sort of way when they all know the past already. It doesn't feel natural. That aside, the world building, situations and the characters are a lot of fun. However, with this one, don't expect a perfectly happy ending.
Earth's environment is toxic and Dome 17 -- home to more than a thousand people -- will soon be rendered uninhabitable. After becoming unwitting pawns in a malicious plot, two adventurers from Dome 17 set off in search of a colony ship where they hope to find aid in saving the inhabitants of the failing Dome. Aboard the behemoth colony ship our travelers discover a culture full of strange customs and technology. Can the people of Dome 17 depend on these two adventurers for rescue before time runs out?
Tracking the Trailblazer was my introduction to John Thornton's body of work. I hope someday to start at the beginning and work my way through each series. But for now, I was able to enjoy this title without knowledge of the content from the preceding series sets. My only suggestion concerns narration; Trailblazer's narrator spoke in a somewhat monotone, robotic manner for the duration. While this type of narration could be intentional, I've personally found that a natural, more conversational tone can create a relaxed listening atmosphere that fosters increased comprehension. Overall, Trailblazer remains a clever, enjoyable scifi adventure title.
I was provided a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review. Many thanks for this opportunity!
John Thornton's Colony Ship world centres around seven ships sent from earth over an hundred years previous when it became obvious the the earth itself was dying. The ships, hopefully, would eventually find new homes for the colonists who, meanwhile, were given habitats within which to live out their generational lifetimes. For those left behind on earth, comes were built to protect them from the ever more toxic and radiation laden atmosphere. But the domes have been dying and only one is now known to survive: Dome 17.
With news that even this Dome is doomed to fail in a few months, a plan is formed - to send out two people teams, one to each of the seven Colony Ships, to see if one would be a suitable home to take the Dome 17 survivors, a plan made possible only because of technology developed since the launching of the ships.
Tracking the Trailblazer is the first of the books about one of these attempts to find the new home. As with each of the other series books, the first section is dedicated to explaining the situation and introducing the couple who will be embarking on the perilous journey. But this time it is different, with more discord and sinister undertones which makes all far more intriguing especially for anyone who has followed the Vanguard and Eschaton attempts, and the two main protagonists, Ken and Janae, are also unusual in that they do not have the close friendship of the earlier adventurers. For this reader, this was the most interesting of the series world so far.
Unfortunately, although her voice is clear and seemed to fit with the female character portrayed, narrator Sylvia At. James read with little expression: excellent when portraying the computers but not so good for humans. Janae especially sounded robotic when not throwing emotional fits. There is an excellent production section, however, some three quarters of the way into the book, in which an event is given with full crowd soundings as well as a distant announcer to the masses. Sadly, this is an isolated event.
Overall, a good S.F. adventure with a very intriguing subplot, not all of which is fully explained, and with reasonable characterisation for the two main protagonists. I have already purchased book two. But if new to the Colony Ship world, do not start with the Trailblazer - try, instead, Finding the Vanguard.
I liked the description of this book and thought I'll give it ago. I have to admit that the characters really annoyed me at the beginning but I liked them more towards the end. They changed in how they talked and acted to each other towards the end, but I liked them more for it.
There is a few twists and turns and I kept wondering what is going to happen next. There was enough mystery and suspense there to keep you listening/reading the book. It ends on a sort of cliffhanger. I am hoping the author has a book two coming out soon. I want to know what is going to happen to the characters now that they know things they didn't before. My one negative is we don't really know why ken picked that paricular ship. Even Jen questioned it yet we don't get an answer. It was one of those things that stayed with me after I finished listening to the audio book.
There is violence, no sex scenes but there was a lot of innuendos.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.