- File Size: 805 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Hadley Rille Books (April 13, 2012)
- Publication Date: April 13, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007U1QJDE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Most of the story takes place aboard the trading ship which will take Rogan to Nathe, and here again we have a cast of well-rounded characters who make up the crew. Some of their banter will definitely have you laughing out loud. But there are also many serious moments, when mankind's tenuous grip on survival becomes ever more apparent.
In many ways, "Chasing Cold" is about the journey Rogan makes, rather than a romance. It's not too much of a spoiler to say that Rogan does make it to Nathe, but that part of the story is more of an epilogue which ends the book without leaving any loose ends.
The text had more than a few proofing errors, although not so many as to detract from the reading. While the world-building is generally very good, there were a couple of small issues that didn't quite fit. These were minor things that didn't really distract you from the story but did make you wonder. For example, why does Rogan have to go out to the antenna to collect the message data, couldn't they just run a cable? They get diagnostic information from the equipment, so they know when something is broken, so why can't they just retrieve the message data remotely. It's not uncommon for little questions like this to pop up in science fiction, and it really doesn't pull you out of the story.
More than anything this is a coming of age story, it follows Rogan's journey from his isolated childhood home across the galaxy on his great personal adventure. The plot line was realistically portrayed and smooth. Stephen Graham King has a truly artful talent at weaving words, his phrasing is almost poetic.
The backdrop for this journey is a sort of post-apocalypse universe, reminiscent of the "Firefly" 'verse, where a big bad faceless alien armada has taken control of every livable 'class m' planet in the known universe. The 'sci-fi' aspects of this tale were exceptional, it was just 'sci-fi' enough without being overwhelming with unpronounceable words and incomprehensible technology or ridiculous customs. I felt it showed a fairly realistic, or plausible, evolution of human language and society. There are differences, coffee and hot chocolate have become 'caff' and 'choc', the word 'sex' has become a verb, religion has all but disappeared, and I was surprised at how casual Rogan was about sex - but he also had a firm grasp on the difference between messing around and true intimacy. The author does an excellent job of making these aspects a part of the story, instead of detracting from or overwhelming the story.
I really enjoyed the romance of the story as well. It was not the primary focus of the story and you will not find any graphic sexual descriptions. But the romance between our two heroes was very well woven into the book, and experiencing the growth of their romance was sweet and endearing. For most of the book they are 'pen pals' and I was starting to worry that I'd have to wait for a sequel, but when Rogan FINALLY gets to Nathe.... mmm it was really worth the wait.
There's so much more, I could gush for another 1000 words, the refuges they visit on the journey, and the refuges hilarious names, are worth a 5 star review all by themselves. And I loved the fact that Rogan wasn't the modern definition of the perfectly built and proportioned hunk.
The only detractor was that there are some typos and grammar errors, though they were not too prevalent, at least not for me - but I am the kind of person who wouldn't know some grammar errors if they jumped up and bit me on the nose. Either way, they did not detract from my enjoyment of the story at all.
I am impressed with this book and very excited to see more from this author.
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Mr. King truly understands humanity.