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The Backworlds [Kindle Edition]

M. Pax , Leigh T. Moore
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

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In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendants to survive in a harsh universe. This is the first book in the science fiction series, The Backworlds. Try it for free. A galactic adventure.

After the war with the Foreworlders, Backworlders scatter across the remaining planets. Competition is fierce, and pickings are scant. Scant enough that Craze’s father decides to improve his fortunes by destroying his son. He tells his only boy their moon isn’t big enough for them both and gives Craze a ticket for the next transport leaving the space dock.

Treated worse than a stranger, like the scuzzbag of the galaxy, Craze is forced to flee his home. Cut off from everyone he knows with little money and no knowledge of the worlds beyond his, he must find away to forge a new life and make sure his father regrets this day.


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About the Author

M. Pax is author of the sci-fi series, The Backworlds, and the new adult science fiction fantasy The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear. A Browncoat and SG fan, she’s also slightly obsessed with Jane Austen. In the summers she docents as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory where the other astronomers believe she has the most extensive collection of moon photos in existence. No fear, there will be more next summer. She lives in stunning Central Oregon with the Husband Unit and two lovely, spoiled cats.

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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Promising Yet Somewhat Disappointing June 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After seeing the reviews for this story I was quite excited to check it out. I did find the story entertaining, the locales exotic and interesting and some of the character were quite likable, however the abrupt ending left me disappointed. I was not aware that this story was simply a lead in to additional stories. Its ends without any resolution and leaves the reader guessing as to the motivations behind some of the characters actions. While I don't require stories to wrap everything up in a neat little package, I would have liked somewhat of a conclusion for this tale. Instead it ends up reading like the first 10 chapters of a 50 chapter book. Without knowing more, some of the characters behaviors is not explained sufficiently for my liking.

Check it out, just prepare for the fact that this story feels like a bit of a tease.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a fast read, but did a great job of introducing the reader to the "Backworlds" and the characters there. Craze is young man who suddenly finds himself shunned by his father, his girlfriend and his home-world. Forced to move off-world (literally chased off the planet), and carrying only a few coins and even fewer possessions, he finds himself relying on the skills his father taught him, and depending on the trust of strangers. But, when trouble soon finds him, he has to rethink his outlook on people. Maybe what his father taught him was not the best way? Pax paints an image of a world full of shifty opportunists and survivors living on the edge. Technology has its place, but also present is nature. I kept thinking as I read it that I hope this goes big--and is made into a TV series. The premise could outshine "Farscape" in entertainment value. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't anyone write decent scifi anymore? May 12, 2013
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If you are 16 or under and not too bright you might like this. I guess the word is shallow. The premise has promise but the implementation doesn't live up to it. The author can't weave the background into the story so she keeps telling you the background in out-of-context ways. It come across as jerky and unbelievable. You can't imagine real people speaking this dialog or thinking these thoughts.

Here is an example from the first page. Apparently until 60 seconds before the book starts the hero has had a wonderful and close relationship with his father. Now his dad seems to turn on him and he wonders if his Dad has been scamming him for 20 years only pretending he cares for him. That doesn't happen to real people unless they are idiots. The whole conversation is unbelievable. People don't suddenly wonder if someone they know well is secretly totally different. After 20 years of living with someone you can't make that big a mistake judging them. Real people can't totally hide an evil side every day for that many years of intimate living. You at least get hints that make you suspicious. Even if they did it is not your first thought. If your parents do something strange either you suspected their motives all along or you wonder what bizarre thing is making them act so strange. You don't immediately suspect your own judgement.

Clearly the author is creating conflict and can't be bothered to make it seem real. I suspect Dad is kindly kicking the fledgling out of the nest so he can learn to fly but the author wants the hero to not realize this. If this was as far as it went it wouldn't be a problem. Lots of authors fumble at artificially creating conflict but tell a good story after the conflict is set up. The problem with this book is that this is a pattern.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new kind of journey May 24, 2012
By Julie
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't normally opt for science fiction, but I'd heard of the author and when I read the product description, decided I'd try it. Something different. I didn't expect to like it, or be drawn into this new world so quickly. By page five I was hooked and it takes a good story to hook me.
Great job, M Pax. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip you took me on. I appreciated your characterization, the pacing, and how this new world was introduced without too much direct exposition and/or description. It was an easy-to-read page-turner, and I shall definitely be on the lookout for more of your works.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Blowingly Awesome! May 20, 2012
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Holy Cow! I bow before the master of science fiction. M Pax should be on the Hugo Ballet right now for this story.

I became a fan of the author when I read Semper Audacia last year. I can't remember the details of that review, but I decided then that I was going to be reading everything I could get my hands on that had the name M Pax, on the cover.

So, this came around and my perception of what this author is capable of just went up considerably. This is MAJOR league awesome. I need, what? I need another star to hand out, can I do that? It's a six star read.

Oh, the story? It's a tale of a poor, bio-engineered, far-future human that just wants to be the owner/operator of a bar. That's it. But all of damned creation seems to be hell bent on making sure any opportunities for success are taken from him before he can achieve them.

I rooted for this guy, and felt thrill after thrill as he fell into, and out of, trouble from the very first sentence of the story. I cannot wait for the next installment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and not interesting
I don't like this book.
The story is not addicting, the characters are flat.
For long time I couldn't comprehend what is it about. Read more
Published 8 days ago by tomkus
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Too basic of a book with character development and a very short book.
Published 11 days ago by William Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully real
Reminds me of the Wild West but in space. Almost lawless or the frontier being built with its own rules. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Eunice
4.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing galactic civilisation...
This is my first sci-fi read and...wow! I must say that I'm impressed.

This novella-length prequel made for quick reading, introducing an amazing galactic civilisation,... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Michelle Wallace
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book easy read
Published 22 days ago by Marvin G. Bowen
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
NOT AS FAST MOVING AS I LIKE.
Published 25 days ago by carol mac donald
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
Can anybody tell what the future will be like? It might turn out exactly like this. A bit irritating the bad English the participants are using between each other, otherwise not a... Read more
Published 29 days ago by ubavka seirovska
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun light read
The opening paragraph got me. I immediately wanted to know more. The author unfolded her imaginative world nicely, introducing a sense of place from close up to large step by step... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hoi Polloi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you see 5 stars I liked the book if you see less then I liked it less.
Published 1 month ago by Jerrold Wharton
1.0 out of 5 stars too much unnecessary descriptions. story development too slow
hard to read. too much unnecessary descriptions. story development too slow.
Published 2 months ago by John K
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M. Pax is author of the sci-fi series, The Backworlds, and the new adult urban fantasy Hetty Locklear series. Browncoat and SG fan, she's also slightly obsessed with Jane Austen. In the summers she docents as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory where the other astronomers now believe she has the most extensive collection of moon photos in existence. No fear, there will be more next summer. She lives in stunning Central Oregon with the Husband Unit and two lovely, spoiled cats. Want to connect? Visit www.mpaxauthor.com

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