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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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47 of 54 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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19 of 21 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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40 of 49 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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow and rushed =( April 3, 2013
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After the first chapter or two, I could tell the characters and world were going to be shallow. I thought maybe the author was intentionally leaving me blind to bring things around later or to keep me waiting for the next tid-bit. That wasn't the case, though. Characters continue becoming best friends in the space of two paragraphs, worlds continue being featureless tunnels, etc..

The ideas are good here, I just wish they were fleshed out a bit.
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7 of 8 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time March 3, 2013
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Never comfortable with the characters. Colloquialisms are annoying and do nothing to reveal the characters or the story. I was hoping to have a story future episodes could build upon and keep my interest. Unfortunately -- no.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps aimed at the younger reader October 7, 2013
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I was not really taken by "The Backworlds" and I'm not sure exactly why.

The lack of science did not help. The cover art suggests high tech but apart from a few references to genetic engineering, there is no information on how anything hangs together. So the worlds (and moons) the various Human derived species inhabit to the mechanisms that power their space ships, down to the economics of their society, seemed insubstantial rather than a richly imagined universe.

To be sure, technology is clearly split into low and high (the `Backworlds' of the title is obviously low, with the forbidden and off stage `Foreworlds' being high) but it felt a bit like a cheat to just drop high tech into the frame like some kind of cargo cult and have everyone quietly ignore the fact.

Then there is the way the main character, Craze, speaks like Captain Malcolm Reynolds from "Firefly: The Complete Series". Nothing wrong with that per se, but there were times when the accent was strong, and others when it wasn't, and there seemed no reason for the inconsistency.

As with his inconsistent accent, Craze also felt inconsistent in actions to me. He starts a callow youth, but grows up spectacularly when he is banished from his home. Fair enough, but Craze then seems to slip back into callowness again but this feels more to move the plot along than how he'd actually behave.

A lot of the characterisations are similar. It's not giving anything away to say that the opening sequence has Craze's father turning on him in a brutal, vicious way that should have child services knocking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 day 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 5 days 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 9 days 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 10 days 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 10 days 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 11 days ago by Jo
1.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. The first book in the series is well ...
Not bad. The first book in the series is well written but nothing to rave about. The series went downhill from there, I did not like the second book and was unable to finish it. Read more
Published 21 days ago by J. Hoffman
1.0 out of 5 stars I tried ...
I tried to get into it. It was not worth continuing when there are so many other books out there to read. The story felt flat, the writing weak. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating read
Very pleasure able to read. Held me spell bound. I finished the first and immediately ordered the next one. Enjoy!
Published 1 month ago by C.E.
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK
This was a really good book. It kept me on my toes throughout the whole book. It was really good.
Published 1 month ago by Greyson Bryant
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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

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