- File Size: 2532 KB
- Print Length: 279 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: www.martynfiction.com (October 25, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 25, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0176JLP60
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,307,473 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Bleak: The story of a shapeshifter Kindle Edition
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The story is evenly paced with some plot twists and turns and surprises. It held my interest from the first page to the last. The intriguing plot is realistic, even though clearly science fiction. I had the feeling that with the right technology, these things could be possible. The characters were well-fleshed out, believable, and easy to care about. Overall, this book was a highly enjoyable read.
I recommend Bleak: The Story of a Shapeshifter, to all scifi fans and to anyone who loves a great story.
When the story starts, Bleak is on the run in the midst of post-civil-war chaos. He is soon captured and sucked back into the conflict, however, as both sides want to make use of his unique super-human abilities, even as they make it clear that they are, indeed, using him, and that many of them consider him to be a weapon, not a sentient being. Bleak's character development and the suspense of what will happen to him are well-handled. I'm not normally a huge fan of "hard" sci-fi, since I consider it kind of dry, and I had the same problem with this book, but the issues surrounding Bleak are compelling, the worldbuilding is detailed, and fans of the genre will no doubt find much to enjoy here.
I particularly enjoyed the exploration of themes around Bleak's programming, which forces him to act in certain ways. Bleak becomes aware of this and begins to self-reflect on both his actions and the consequences of his actions - the treatment reminded me of Asimov's famous Laws of Robotics, which eventually drive the robots to formulate the 'Zeroth' Law. This certainly lends Martyn's writing depth as he introduces and deals with universal themes and memes, and in return, allows the reader to question the fundamental nature of humanity itself.
If you like hard sci-fi, battles, intrigue, a touch of romance, space opera and intelligently written speculative fiction, then this is the book for you. Look no further!
His central character, Bleak, a shape shifter is excellently characterised by his internalisations and outward machinations. he is a humanoid but aware of the nature of his own consciousness What fun to be a shape shifter, but not for Bleak. Mr Martyn has obviously rendered into his story a considerable amount of commendable research, which always gels well with me.
Apart from the odd passage I found it a compelling read and a well structured and thought out narrative that as I hoped, encompassed vast interstellar distances space and time.
I particularly enjoyed the sections where "Bleak" becomes self-aware and names himself. Well thought out and definitely worth a read.
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If you like intrigue, a touch of romance, this book is for you.
Very worth the read.
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