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The grammatical and spelling errors were quite frequent throughout the work. I found that many times the character's actions were overplayed. Instead of allowing the reader to make his own conclusion about what might have motivated a character to respond a certain way, it was spelled out for him. While at times this may be necessary to make sure the reader is tracking with you it seemed a little excessive. The transistions could have been smoother also.
This book is definitely worth the $.99 if you enjoy Sci-fi young adult books. It really did get better the farther along I got. The author did a good job of wrapping up the story, but still make you wish for more.
Note added: My comment about Rowling is because the copy I purchased had a promotional blurb claiming it was "better than Harry Potter."
The book suffers from some inconsistencies or irregularities. Concerning technology, the popular game kids love to play, Friction, is indicative of highly advanced technology. Yet, we experience a moment where Seckry is setting up and using a computer that makes technology sound no more advanced as we are today. Physical keyboards, external hard drives, email addresses and websites? Are we really approaching the 23rd century or stuck in the early 21st? I do not know what technology will be like roughly 180 years from now, but I would imagine it being significantly different from what we use today. For the characters, you will not see anything that sets itself apart from the pack and in several cases, see what will happen a mile away. And the names of people in the story fit a fantasy, not a science fiction, setting. All these ultimately trivial things added up, and some served as mere plot devices.
Now for the good. Joseph Evans' writing style makes this a breeze of a read and if he were to write adult fiction, I would be willing to give it a shot. Given that this is a YA book, the writing simplified character development.Read more ›
Seckry is a likeable character and his friends are fun, especially Tenk and Tippian. I found the romance factor somewhat lacking, but I doubt it was meant to be a big focus. The plot with Endrin and figuring out what the heck was going on in their labs was intriguing and I look forward to seeing what the next step in this journey is. Something near the end - no spoilers - made me wonder if Evans was making a statement about religion or just came up with an interesting twist - I will wait to see what happens next. I also appreciated the addition of Friction. Reading about video games in a novel is new for me and felt original, though I suspect there are others out there. I think there are a lot of possibilities for where this aspect of the series could go.
The thing that bugged me the most about this book was the names. Evans named his characters like he was a teen mom from a red state. Jennifer became Jenniver, Kevin became Kevan, Paul became Pawl, etc. This, in my opinion, was totally unnecessary and frankly was distracting from the rest of the story. Obviously it is too late to take it back, but I hope in future series, Evans will choose names differently.
Overall, this was a solid debut novel. Not perfect, but a well-thought-out plot and lots of room for expansion. Secky is a good hero and I think as he evolves, he will definitely be someone the reader roots for.
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One of my new favorite book series. I loved it and would definitely recommend it!Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
I loved it. The beginning was a little dry for me but as you continue to ready it truly turns into something awesome. The books just comes to life right in front of your eyes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Crystal Jones
This book is amazing absolutely breath taking and beautifully written I was captivated and spellbound well each page written and I was enthralled the entire bookPublished 2 months ago by kiley
I enjoyed this book quite a lot. It had your typical teenage I'm falling in love story woven into a sci-fi futuristic society type setting.Published 3 months ago by Lovestoread
Really great book, and towards the middle the book gets really good. It drew me in and kept me in.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Seckry Sevenstars is a young man who gets relocated to Skyfall City with his mother and sister, Leena. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Paige Turner
Best story I've read in over a decade, and im 22... this was nearly impossible to put down. Read book 1, then bought book 2, first book i ever bought in my life... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mir Shajee