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The idea of this story is very intriguing. In Earth’s future, humans developed bio-engineering that created engineered people, Mules, who were far superior to the average human. They ruled Earth under an iron grip until a rebellion overthrew them and they fled into space. This happened so long ago that the only real proof of these people’s existence are recorded memories and myths. Of course, Athena stumbles upon an ancestor of these escaped people and is taken to their world. From there she learns the truth of the Mules and the real story behind her family and Earth’s history.
Unfortunately, the writing in this book did not live up to the idea. Athena is a bad-ass fighter who is faster than anyone alive. She’s never experienced fear and people cower from her wherever she goes. She’s escaped from or destroyed all institutes and schools that she has ever been forced into. She is rebellious and has a terrible temper. Beyond that there isn’t much to her. There’s not much reason given for her personality or for her history of violence. She is grating and rather obnoxious in her arrogance. She doesn’t grow as a character at all throughout the book. Once she meets the love interest, she does a nearly 180 and begins to calm down, want to settle down, and gets all lovey-dovey. This wasn’t really worked up to, though, and doesn’t feel like a realistic growth of character. Athena is very flat and one-dimensional.
The world building left a bit to be desired, I was most interested in the Mules and Earth’s history but we don’t learn much about that until the very end. The ending, without giving away the twists, was rushed and didn’t make all that much sense. I felt that the plot twists and big reveals could have worked if they’d been more gradual and explained a bit more.
There were good aspects to DarkShip Thieves. While I didn’t like Athena, I did enjoy Kit, the love interest. He felt like a real, fleshed out character. He had his shortcomings but they worked and they built up to a believable personality. Some of the side characters were interesting as well. The world that Athena is taken to after escaping her father’s ship is the best part of the book. After the Mules and their bio-engineered servants escaped Earth, they settled on an asteroid and, obviously, grew to develop a society that’s quite different from Earth. I loved the descriptions of the asteroid and how they lived there, what technology had become for their society, and how their beliefs differed from those back on Earth.
Overall, this book wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t that great. It was fun and action-packed. Unfortunately, it lacked the depth of story and character development that I was hoping for.
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Overall I enjoyed this book enough that I would recommend it to sci-fi fans who want an interesting but easy read.
Think.. Space opera from E.E Doc Smith meets gene engineering from S M Stirling or Andrew Swann, with a narrative voice from Simon Green or Heinlein. It works quite well.
* Interesting characters.
* Fast paced, though I found it lagged a little in the middle for me while Athena is at Eden until it picked up for a rollicking end.
* Fun concepts and a quick good read.
* The main plot twist is more than a nod to one of the throw-away concepts from Bujold's Miles series, meaning it jumped out as the likely answer fairly early on. That didn't detract much from the story and it's not unusual for the reader to have more hints than the characters.
* The transition between styles was occasionally a little jarring - the switch at the end to more 'beloved husband' dialogue in particular jumped at me (or at least reminded me of Doc Smith or James Schmitz's dialogue). It's possible some of said dialogue in character voice was mildly ironic and it just didn't land with me that way.
Overall - I liked it and will be buying the second in the series.