Beyond Death (Perimeter Defense Book #2) Paperback – April 7, 2017
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- Publisher : Magic Dome Books (April 7, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 477 pages
- ISBN-10 : 8088231140
- ISBN-13 : 978-8088231141
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.08 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,057,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To be fair, I read this book in one sitting and finished it wanting book 3 to be translated already!! It is a lovely addition to the litrpg genre. If you liked the first perimeter defense book, you will surely like this one. The space battles are even grander and more extensive. The main character's connections with other people, factions, and alien races grows deeper. He becomes even more decisive and successful.
Yet this book wasn't as great as the first one for me, mainly for nit-picky reasons. The biggest thing for me was the main character's stance on crystals. In the first book, I liked his very principled and seemingly extreme (in the eyes of other people in the story) stance on drug crystals. He had nothing to do with them and had every trace of them destroyed on all his ships. Yet in this book, he seems very passive and blasé about some of his closest companions using them frequently.
A second thing is that the gaming aspects of the story, light as they are, were still emphasized more in the first book. I thought the way the faction bonuses occurred was explored nicely. In this book, they are still there, but aren't really explored. The consequences of high or low fame are either ignored or mainly resolved in a few paragraphs. When a new character discovers the game menus for the first time or when a character is met without any game info, these were barely touched upon (maybe in a future book? hopefully?). It just seemed like the "gaming" side took a step back and the "space opera" side took a strong step forward.
I think my biggest issue was the size of the battles. The forces involved grew to ludicrious levels which pulled me out of my immersion a bit.
I do like the characters and wished the development of the relationships got a bit more time, but overall, there is nothing to complain about here.
Its a fun, if occasionally a bit flat, tale
Pros: The author has managed to keep some mystery in the book and even some of the series originality. The book has action, both victory and defeat, all dealt with in good believable fashion.
The twists, the turns, the story, and just how well everything is written. So far this series has been a stay-up-late page turner that I can hardly get enough of.
If you're aware of Eve online or just space fleet strategy then the book is very easy to follow. It has some politics thrown in there plus the ever looming question of how real the game is.
Top reviews from other countries
This book finishes the first arc - finishing his mission, exceeding expectations.
Will definitely read the next one.