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The Backworlds [Kindle Edition]

M. Pax , Leigh T. Moore
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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45 of 52 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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19 of 20 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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36 of 43 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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7 of 7 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start. April 17, 2013
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I've been reading scifi and fantasy (or spec fic) for about 40 years, but have mean basically ignorant of most of the genre until I started to write recently. For instance, I had no idea of self publishing and how much self published spec fic there is out there.

The Backworlds is the first self published book that I have ever read. I wan to say up front it was a good experience.

The Backworlds is the first in a series by M. Pax, who has a great blog which can be found here. You can get it for free as an ebook, which makes it a very good buy.

As an intro book it's quite good. The plot line is a bit predicable at times, and some twists seemed to convenient, but I still enjoyed the story. The style makes me wonder if it's target is young adults. M. Pax does have another book out that is promoted as Young Adult, but there's nothing to say that The Backworlds is.

I found its simplicity is charming, and I'm interested enough in the characters, and their universe that I'm going to buy the next book in the series. I would class The Backworlds as good light reading, enjoyably pleasant. The over all standard is the same, or in some cases better than, as a work from a main stream publisher. I'm looking forward to trying more self published stuff in the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Need for more!!!!
Whatever you believe, whatever you thought you believe, these samples in the pages that follow the first paragraph, will lead you down the rabbit hole on a fun filled SyFy/Fantasy... Read more
Published 6 days ago by james shawanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Scifi
I like hard core science fiction. Lots of aliens and all kinds of high tech gadgets. This book fits that bill.
Published 11 days ago by Kenneth W. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read
I was drawn into the story of Craze and his adventures! This novel is intriguing and appealing; makes me want to read on!
Published 15 days ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a bit weird
Fairly readable, not an attention grabber. War zones and racism are usually uglier than this book depicts. Read more
Published 16 days ago by RPeabody
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Space Opera
Looks like I"m the 100th review! Wow I opened the book primarily due to the beautiful cover. I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the relatively fast paced adventure... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Ezekiel Carsella
5.0 out of 5 stars unusual take on alien contact
exciting, very engrossing, you will not be able to second guess outcome. could not wait for next plot complication. you must read this book
Published 20 days ago by Eric V. Barnes
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.
Interesting scifi story, I liked it. Should be a good series. And because Amazon requires more words to leave a review this useless sentence.
Published 1 month ago by Vintagetrsrhntr
5.0 out of 5 stars A great beginning to a fantastic story
When I downloaded it, I didn't know what to expect. Especially after reading the reviews complaining that it was too brief, shallow etc. Read more
Published 1 month ago by N. Rossis
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read!
I really enjoyed this series! It was simply a fun read. The 'world' that is slowly developed in the books is filled with wonder. I'm really looking forward to book 5!
Published 2 months ago by Shawn Reding
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute
I enjoyed this book. It is pleasant and fun. I enjoyed the drama and illusion. A book should take you away this. Does that.
Published 2 months ago by Dawn
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More About the Author

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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