80 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2012
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.
41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2009
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.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2009
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 :)
36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2009
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.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2009
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!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2012
I really, really wanted to like this book. After reading the last of the Wool series, I needed something while waiting for the Third Shift. And then this... In one of his comments, author himself stated that it takes 60 pages for this book to start being "good". I could not get beyond page 15.
The beginning is terrible, but readable up to a certain point when, at page thirteen, the main character sees "the wink" of the laser beam being "shot" at her and she dodges it! I think that my 9 year old son can figure out that is not physically possible in our universe. So, you think, OK they must have developed some "hyper-space perception" that allows her to "see" the laser light before the laser "gets to her", or something along this line. Turns out this is not the case. Unfortunately, after that kind of disregard for physical reality there is no way I can buy into the world depicted in the book. Maybe at a scifi parody level, but I don't enjoy that kind of books.
Very disappointing... Hard to believe that it was written by the author of Wool, and hard to believe that so many people who liked Wool also liked this book...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2009
I had a long "to do" list the day I picked up Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue, but nothing on list was done because I started reading and was unable to put it down until I finished the book... It is a well written story that kept me going from chapter to chapter and guessing what was going to happen next. It is, by far, the most enjoyable book I have read in quite some time. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!
Keep them coming Hugh Howey!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2012
Probably like many others, I discovered Hugh Howey with Wool. I found that series so amazing that I had to read his other works, so I went back to the beginning with Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue. I enjoyed that book tremendously: it's well-written, funny, fast-paced. The characters are all immediately appealing. The situations force you to keep on reading to know what the outcome will be. After only a few pages, you feel that the author has managed to create a coherent fictional world that has the potential for an ongoing series. You feel comfortable with the heroine, just like when you're reading one of your favourite comics. By the way, Molly and the universe she evolves in share similarities with the French comics series "Sillage" ("Wake" in the English translation).
Howey manages to create something new while using traditional ingredients: Molly is the underdog, the poor orphan girl (like Dickens's young characters, or, closer to us, Harry Potter). There's something of Gulliver's travels too, with the different customs, sizes and specificities of every race: the Glemots are very tall and heartlessly efficient, the Palans are messy and treacherous, the Drenards are exceptional pilots... Each encounter raises philosophical questions that can be a bore for Molly, but are actually quite deep and thought provoking (the place given to technology, what's art / beauty, how to decide what's important or not). She and Cole are like two futuristic Gullivers or Candides, yet they're not that naive and helpless, even if they're young. Each encounter adds another unexpected friend to this motley crew, which looks like Peter Pan's lost boys (Walter the Palan, Edison the Glemot, Anlyn the Drenard...)
There's constant movement in The Parsona Rescue: it's a way to keep the blood flowing and the interest up. Movement was key in Wool too, though in a cramped space, always up and down, while here it's from planet to planet aboard spaceships... Still, in both cases it always has something to do with escape. Conspiracy and lies are also at the core of both narratives, as the main characters fight against the system, through an investigation that reaches the level of a quest.
The cliffhanger ending leaves you with but one choice: ordering the second volume, which is just what I'm about to do.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2012
As soon as I finished the last book in Wool series by Hugh Howey I knew I was hooked. However since it was unclear when the next book is coming out I had to find something to fulfill my need for something else by this amazing author. I'm very glad that I decided to go with Molly Fyde.
This book is for someone who enjoys science fiction but needs a break from the hard sci-fi or space operas that are very popular nowadays. This is instead a fast pace light sci-fi reading. And it was exactly want I needed. Plus as a woman I really appreciate a strong female lead in a book, and that's again exactly what I got with Molly. I think that was the main reason why I also enjoyed Wool series so much, because it starred Juliette who in so many ways similar to Molly. They are both courageous and have a strong sense of what is right and wrong.
In short, the events in the book take place in 25th century. Humans are at war with aliens called Drenards, very formidable opponents. Molly and Cole are students at the Navy Flight Academy. Molly being a girl unfortunately can only study to be a navigator; however that doesn't stop her from learning to be an excellent pilot as well. Due to some strange circumstances she was thrown out of academy. However, very quickly she was given a seemingly easy assignment by the Navy to travel to somewhat unsafe planet to fetch a ship called Parsona that used to belong to her parents. Cole joined her in this quest. And the book describes their amazing adventure together. In their exploits they visit some interesting places, meet fascinating characters, and even pick up some perhaps suspicions but still remarkable passengers.
As I mentioned above, this is a very light read. It is in no way a hard sci-fi. So throughout the story I've noticed some inconsistencies with science and plot. However, in no way did it ruin my impression of the book. However, if you are into more serious reads this might not be the right fit. Otherwise I highly recommend this book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wow. To be honest, I was hesitant with this one, but decided to give it a shot because the summary made me remember the days I used to re-read Ender's Game over and over...
At first, I was so nervous because the first chapter was filled with technical speak I didn't understand, but it was intriguing and adventurous, so I continued. I shouldn't of worried, because as the novel progressed, I grew to understand everything.
Molly is a very three-dimensional character, and I am still surprised at how well Howey depicts a seventeen-year-old girl. I felt myself connecting with Molly, and I truly loved how amazingly awesome she was. When it comes to female main characters, I really look for how strong and smart they are, and Molly was definitely both.
The adventure in this story will leave you turning the pages, breathless for more and more. I continually found myself surprised with each new chapter, wondering how everything would work out. Molly Fyde's story kept me on my toes, eager for more. Then with the revelation at the end, whoa. I'm going to try keeping plot points out of this review, so all I have to say is that this is a story I can see anyone enjoying.
Highlights: Description in the novel was spectacular. I found myself really seeing everything, clear as day. All of the different planets were amazing, and even all the species Howey introduces us to. This novel really has it all, action, adventure, love....it was truly an amazing story that I want more of.
Lowlights: The first chapter had me panicking, but it was all for nothing because as I stated earlier, the spaceship-talk was easy to follow afterwards.
Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue has definitely landed on my best books of '09 list, and I know I'm anxiously awaiting Molly Fyde and the Land of Light!