- File Size: 2469 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Severed Press (January 6, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MY5RLE7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Derelict: Marines (Derelict Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I've read a LOT of these types of books lately, and while I enjoyed most of them, I was somewhat left feeling lost because there was no pronunciation guide provided. That left me feeling somewhat removed from the story from constantly having to figure out how to pronounce the names/terms presented. NOT SO with this book.
Also, the other BIG thing was,,,EDITING. Wow! What a concept. I am SO glad Cooley took time to have the book edited. It made it so much easier to read not having to wonder if the 3 different names, in 2 pages, were a new character, or the same person.
Some of the characters already have their personality set, but the ones that need to progress/show development, do. And NOT in a stereotypical manner. What's going on? Will the humans figure out what the AI's are trying to accomplish, or will the AI's eventually come out on top? I can't wait to find out.
Having become a fan of his from his more horror slanted novels, I am excited to see where this new venture takes me. The only problem I perceive, is the time I will have to wait for the next book in the series to come out. But I will.
The book feels a bit like a season of television, with such a delicious cliffhanger at the end, that you can’t wait to see the next season. In this case, it’s the next book in the series, where hopefully some of the burning questions that were carefully introduced will be answered.
The plotting is pretty good, although it is obviously stretched near to breaking to cover multiple books. Frankly a lot of stuff seemed like filler, but it's at least well written filler. The pacing is slow, slow, slow, but once the protagonists are finally at the derelict, that pace works well. Unfortunately that's at the end of the book. The characters range from barely drawn to well drawn, but overall I was well enough satisfied. There is a bit of character growth; given the extremely slow pacing, it's about as much character growth as could reasonably exist.
The setting in a sci-fi novel is often the main character, and I was moderately impressed. It's a fairly low tech mid-future setting, with mankind limited to our solar system but well spread out within it. No FTL flight, everything is dependent on rocket thrusters using ion drives and thrusters fueled with xenon gas. (Gotta look that up as I'm sure the author had some rationale.) It isn't dystopian, but we certainly see signs of the overly powerful corporations, separatist movements, and abused proletariat common to such work. Even though the action takes place on the far periphery of human society, I had the feeling that the author plans to expand this element. If not, it makes for good character background and motivation.
AI is probably the single most advancement seen, and makes a major part of the plot. We are told early on that the various AIs are conspiring, and we see their actions, but we are left in the dark as to their motivations. As a novel, this is frustrating, but as a serial it probably will work.
Overall, I would easily rate it five stars except that it is not a novel at all; it is merely a chapter. While I understand today's market realities, I also think that an author owes honesty to the reader up front. This is NOT a novel, and it should be advertised as chapter one of a serial. In spite of being mesmerized by it, I highly doubt I will buy the next.