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Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue (The Bern Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Hugh C. Howey
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Series reading order:
1. Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue
2. Molly Fyde and the Land of Light
3. Molly Fyde and the Blood of Billions
4. Molly Fyde and the Fight for Peace


It wasn't easy for Molly being the only girl in Flight Academy, but getting expelled was even worse. Abandoned by her family when she was young and now tossed from the only home she's ever known, her future looks bleak.

But then Molly hears that her father's old starship has turned up halfway across the galaxy. Setting off to retrieve the old craft, she hopes it will hold clues to his disappearance. Accompanying her as a chaperone is Cole, her old flight partner from the Academy.

Molly can't believe it. She's now the proud owner of her own starship. Her Spring Break is going to be spent traveling across the galaxy with a cute boy. Could things possibly get any better?

Little does Molly know, they are about to get much, much worse . . .


Editorial Reviews

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Howey's first novel is fast-paced, combining elements of military science fiction, space opera, and even romance, to flesh out his story of a young girl becoming a woman. The excitement never lets up, and the conclusion works perfectly to wrap up the novel and leave a huge tease for the second book, 2010's Molly Fyde and the Land of Light.

Howey does an excellent job in a book that rarely reminds you it is a first novel, and is a wonderful example of the big boys not always having the best books. This is one not to miss. And after you read it, you will be waiting in line, along with me, for the sequel. -- LUKE'S REVIEWS

A charming, well-written and beautifully realized story. I loved it. -- DOUGLAS PRESTON

Vivid writing and fast-paced story line, Molly Fyde is a definite recommend. -- SF READER

The Parsona Rescue is one of the best YA sci-fi novels I've read the entire year. I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait for the next installment. Don't let it pass you by! Whether you are a sci-fi fan, or simply a fan of adventure and love stories, this novel shouldn't be missed! -- THE HIDING SPOT

Hugh crafted great worlds where anything is possible. With the way this book ended, I can't wait to read the next installment in this series. -- FANTASTIC BOOK REVIEW

About the Author

After ten years of traveling the world by boat, visiting islands as remote as undiscovered planets, Hugh Howey fell in love and gave up his life as a ship's captain. Settling in the mountains of North Carolina with his lovely wife Amber and his faithful dog Jolie, he now writes about the adventures of Molly Fyde and the crew of the starship Parsona.

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  • File Size: 2679 KB
  • Print Length: 506 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing (August 22, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002CMLE04
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Wool April 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read Wool (1-5) by the same author, as well as half way home, and could easily tell that this was an earlier work. It's not bad, but it's not great. It reads like a YA novel, while it doesn't seem to be marketed as one. It's got the chaste teenage romance, the adultless adventures, and the friendly strange creatures of a typical YA science fiction novel (of which I read plenty when I was the target audience). There is a part of the book that gets into heavier subjects, but I don't think that even this went beyond YA territory. The resolution to one of the last problems, in particular, I thought was silly and unbelievable. It completely disengaged me from the story, and since I was near the end, it never really drew me back in.

I will say that I liked that Molly was generally the hero of her own story, although the romance element felt too trite to enjoy at all.

I don't think it's a bad starter science fiction novel, particularly for a young reader, but it is not Howey's best. I think it would be good for the 7-12 crowd. If you're considering this book because you read Wool, I would not recommend it. Read Half Way Home instead. Still not as good as Wool, but better and more richly imagined than Molly Fyde.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Charming September 18, 2009
Format:Paperback
What Howey has done here is create a story so complex in nature, yet so well-contained that it is enjoyable on many levels. This feeling echoes throughout the characters, settings, and themes readers are presented with page after page, leaving you wanting to soak up everything this adventure has to offer. I occasionally found myself so exhausted upon finishing a chapter because this story makes you THINK and consider tough issues that can't possibly be tied up nicely. For me, this is the mark of a great read!

The author has also brought together a wonderful ensemble cast and managed to create characters that you respect, appreciate, and love because of and in spite of their flaws. The characters and the planets they inadvertently reach are presented with such an authenticity that readers can't help but trust the author's intentions. I found myself rooting for the characters to succeed, yet also damning their character flaws at the same time (and then laughing at how organic it all felt)! In my humble opinion, the final member that joins the ranks of the Starship Parsona truly rounds out the team and gives them an appealing advantage - a soul.

We are with Molly and Cole throughout the entire book, yet my favorite components included the introduction of new characters and worlds, only so endearing by the excitement from Molly's vantage point. So many parts of this story reminded me of other great reads, science fiction and beyond, that I found myself with both a sense of familiarity and newness. It isn't often that a book can leave so much so in its path and promise for more of the same. If you want to read a great book, pick up the Parsona Rescue. If you just want an o.k. book, I hear Dan Brown's got a new one out :)
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth A Read October 10, 2009
Format:Paperback
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. My husband read it first and would only give me the cryptic review of "You'll like it." He knows that I am NOT a sci-fi fan (he is) and I am almost strictly a mystery/true crime reader. Only after I read it did he tell me that he enjoyed it and is looking forward to the continuing saga.

For me, it was a light quick read. Well presented and not overly complicated - but not so simple that I felt like I was reading a kids book. I am a "skipper". I fast-forward whenever an author gets too wordy or sidetracked with unnecessary details. Not once did I find myself skipping in "Molly Fyde". When I had to stop reading, I looked forward to having time to sit back down and pick it up again. I enjoyed the journey that Hugh Howey took my mind on.

The plot is not so thin that the ending is obvious. The action flows swiftly without being rushed or confusing. The characters and locations are believable and easily envisioned. Conversations, thoughts, and interactions seem natural and not contrived to fit the story. Philosophical questions pop up throughout the book (without being intrusive) giving one added things to mull over.

A book has always been on my gift list for my grandchildren. "Molly" will be this year's selection for many of them. I know both the boys and girls will enjoy it... and I think their parents will, too!

I'm still not a sci-fi fan, but am a Molly Fyde fan. The next book has a lot to live up to.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my maiden voyage into science fiction September 22, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
With a recommendation from a friend, I ordered a copy of MOLLY FYDE. I never thought that I would really enjoy science fiction, but after a few pages of "Molly", I was not only intrigued, but proven wrong. By the middle of chapter two, I was hooked - only putting the book down when real life or sleep got in the way. Non-stop, "on the edge of your seat" action and perfectly crafted characters take the reader along with Molly and crew on their adventure. The last few pages left me breathless and anxiously awaiting book number two! I have officially made the "jump" into the world of Sci-Fi.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read it again September 28, 2009
Format:Paperback
Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue was not only one of those books I couldn't put down, but it is one that I can't wait to read again. I was so captivated by Molly and her story, the twists and turns of the plot, and all of the delightful characters that I read as fast as I could and would not allow myself to slow down to enjoy the philosophical nuances in the story line. Now that I know what to anticipate, I can't wait to pick it up again and really enjoy the subtleties. Perhaps reading this first book in the saga again will keep me from pestering the author for the second one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I am officially now a Hugh C. Howey fan. I really enjoyed this book. It has my top three loves, great adventure, romance and great science fiction. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Julekat
2.0 out of 5 stars Not YA--Just Juvenile
This is a strange book. I think it's supposed to belong to the genre called YA, but it is better suited to the pre-PC term of "juvenile fiction. Read more
Published 7 days ago by M. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Space opera with a twist
I've been reading a few YA novels recently. I think it's because I like stories that start with someone who doesn't fit in and then follows their journey to understanding that... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Perry A Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars OK.
I guess maybe I was too old for this. That may be why I didn't enjoy it very much. I loved HH's book Silo. It was one of my favorite reads, so I had high expectations. Read more
Published 8 days ago by T. Bowers
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best!
Perfect for girls and as universe-expanding as "A Wrinkle in Time." I'll be starting the next one right away. Hugh C. Howey is proving to be quite versatile. Thanks, Mr. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Christine Golden
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good read
Published 17 days ago by Cathryn Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars Good young adult sci-fi.
Great young adult science fiction. It starts off very "vanilla" for Howie but as this series progresses gets more and more "Howie".Is Hugh Howie really one guy.
Published 19 days ago by Arant
5.0 out of 5 stars Guess I will be one of the many who reads all of Howey's books
DUST, Wool, and now Molly. All are excellent with great character development, an interesting world, and something to think about.
Published 28 days ago by Robert Judge
2.0 out of 5 stars I picked this up after having fallen in love with the Wool
I picked this up after having fallen in love with the Wool, Shift, and Dust books. Sadly I just didn't connect with this book or its characters like I did with the Wool series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chibi Masshuu
5.0 out of 5 stars CAN'T READ JUST ONE.
I bought this book for the purpose of studying Hugh Howey's writing style. But I was so wrapped up in the story, I forgot to analyze the writing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Richardson
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Hugh Howey is the author of the award-winning Molly Fyde Saga and the New York Times and USA Today bestselling WOOL series. The WOOL OMNIBUS won Kindle Book Review's 2012 Indie Book of the Year Award -- it has been as high as #1 in the Kindle store -- and 17 countries have picked up the work for translation. Look for WOOL in hardback in 2013 from Random House UK and keep your fingers crossed that Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian will do something exciting with the film rights!

Hugh lives in Jupiter, FL with his wife Amber and their dog Bella. When he isn't writing, he's reading or taking a photograph.

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Okay Mr. Howey. I read the Wool omnibus. I read the whole Bern saga. But I have questions. Are there any good discussion groups online? I want to understand why the wadi changed. Where do theryls come from? Is there a way for Edison to have offspring? I am not sleeping at night. Until today I... Read More
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Appropriate reading for 9 year old?
I've only read the first book. It's pretty big for a 9-year-old (around 500 pages) and there are some grim turns of events. But there's no profanity (characters swear using astronomy terms or other oaths derived from the setting), and there's not even an implication of sex. I could certainly have... Read More
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