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The Backworlds: A Space Opera Adventure Series by [Pax, M.]
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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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  • File Size: 1760 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 13, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y6LHAA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,062 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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This is an easy to read, quick and enjoyable book. The author really brought to life the idea of dozens of races (all bio-engineered it seems), scratching away at the frontier of space, trying to make a living. Each race had very unique characteristics which the author exploited continuously, each tailored to their home planets.

The protagonist was a likable fellow who seemed to flip-flop between bravery and victim. I especially enjoyed his habit of ordering bar bottles in his head (mild to strong, light rum to dark rum), as a means to calm himself. As the son of a liquor distiller and barkeep, this made a lot of sense. Very unique trait.

There is plenty of action and a plethora of shady, underworld characters, and I never knew exactly which of his friends and partners in crime to trust. Great. I like unpredictability. The Backworlds seems to be a den of thieves and conmen.

My only complaint was that the book seemed to end very suddenly. One minute they are chasing the bad guys, and then suddenly they aren't and the book comes to a screeching halt. I hope the sequel explains more, and I can't wait to start it. Good read.
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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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