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The Backworlds [Kindle Edition]

M. Pax , Leigh T. Moore
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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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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Promising Yet Somewhat Disappointing June 15, 2012
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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
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice entertaining light reading in Sci-Fi June 19, 2013
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The Backworlds(Book 1) by M. Pax

This book really entertained me.

I love character driven stories and I frankly thought at the beginning that there was no way a shallow self absorbed character like this was going to get me through the story.

The problem is that for the most part the story is well written and the style of writing drew me into the story.

It took a while for my thick head to figure out that Craze was some sort of gene-engineered made for space being. And as I read I began to wonder if perhaps he wasn't a victim of some bit of inbreeding. Craze reminds me of a few people who at the age of 30 were still sponging off their parents. But, it might be in this case that his parents may be overly opportunistic and have continually used him and this time they gave him the boot and his father stole his girlfriend. Also, unless I got things wrong I think all of this happened with the approval of his mother.

These things come out throughout the narrative and some of Craze's inner dialogue.

Reluctantly Craze leaves. To be honest he's forced out by use of some sort of electronic prod. He has to go to Elstwhere and from there he has to make his own life. Craze wants to own a bar and his thoughts constantly return to the orderliness of his racks of exotic liquors. I think that Craze may be a bit OCD. On the way to Elstwhere he meets Lepsi and Talos some Aviarmen who are on their way to obtain a ship to begin their own enterprise. Craze gets involved with them from the point of view that he too must make his own life now. He sees them as a means to his end.

They also seem to have the same revenge filled nature that Craze is beginning to acquire.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 8 days ago by John K
1.0 out of 5 stars Would not recommend this or other works by this author
While an interesting premise the author failed to adequately develop either the story line or the characters. Read more
Published 14 days ago by richard klein
4.0 out of 5 stars DEEP Sci-fi
I don't typically read sci-fi, and especially nothing this deep into the genre. I did, however, enjoy this book. Read more
Published 17 days ago by C. Collier
3.0 out of 5 stars but pretty good escapist reading
Kind of a "Space Western" would be how I would describe it. The characters could have been a bit more fleshed out, but pretty good escapist reading.
Published 29 days ago by Burt Vandenheuvel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
ok
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Backworlds
Not my usual read, but I rather enjoyed it. I will be buying the next book in the series. The style is different in a way that's interesting. Maybe like that box of chocolates. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Skip Skipper
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It could have been a longer book by combine with the second.
Published 1 month ago by Kyle Herkender
4.0 out of 5 stars Backwards #1
A crazy tale of weird people and even more weird places. Each time I think the plot is as crazy as it can be some new twist is introduced. Worth a read.
Published 1 month ago by ron harmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Very seldom do you come across truly unique challenges a characters in sci-fi anymore. It was a welcome jaunt into strange new world, and I can't wait to read the rest of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by k.dunback
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite there
While I did read this book until the end, I wasn't too inspired to read on. While I would like to know whether Craze manages to stick it to his old man in the end, I wasn't drawn... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jo
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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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