Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B013NYPV94
- Publication date : August 7, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 3241 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 206 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #890,689 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed what I read, and I will be buying the rest of the story when it's completed, but I wish I'd begun reading it with the expectation that it was a serialised story rather than a standalone.
I have no objection to serialised stories, but I do prefer to read them all in one hit once they're finished. And that is what I will do with Echo.
Well written, interesting main character, interesting world, interesting history and culture.
Atriya is one of these Enforcers. He follows orders and is a good soldier, but lately, he has been wondering what it is all for. He is strong, but he can't help but think about the soldiers who have been permanently crippled as a punishment for not passing the training process. There are also the soldiers who aren't worthy of their title, who tell wild stories in order to receive praise from strangers even though they were cowards on the battlefield. What finally makes him stop and think is speaking to his friend Verus, a priest for the church that follows the writings of the Judge. Atriya wants to break the cycle of darkness, but no one on Echo knows any other way to live.
I usually dislike stories based on a fictional military simply because they usually involve a lot of fighting without any thought. However, this book was absolutely amazing as it explores the ideas of human strength, war, and even how religious writings are interpreted. I enjoyed the action scenes, but my favorite part was being in Atriya's head and seeing the broken world of Echo through his eyes, the eyes of a person who has never known hope.
My second favorite part of the story was hearing about the religion where people would listen to the writings of the Judge. My favorite quote was "other ministers used the Judge's words to condemn and divide". This really made me think about how religion would be perceived thousands of years into the future. Would people still be divisive, or would they accept each other and simply use religion as another way to come together peacefully?
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants an action-adventure story with military aspects, and who also is interested in any story that can make you think about humanity in the future. My only warning is that some of the fight scenes are on the graphic side, but they did not make me feel uncomfortable.
One of those soldiers is Atriya, a member of the elite Crusades unit. He trains for fun. The reader is told about Atriya:
“He embraced the pain. In a way, he was addicted to it. Not the pain itself, but the validation it gave him.”
One day, as he is out running, he comes across a Crusader (or “Crew”) Selection class. Part of the class is punishing those who fall behind (“stragglers”) with severe physical abuse and humiliation. The instructor, Clement (hmmm… an odd name for a character in that job….), recognizes Atriya as “Crew” and asks if he’d like to join in the abuse.
The ritual is nothing new to Atriya, but he finds himself unable to take part.
I have to start by saying that this is not a genre that I usually read. I follow the author’s blog because I find him interesting. The book was offered as a freebie one day, and I thought I’d try it out, thinking f I could not give it a positive review, I would simply not review it. Happily, that was far from that case.
I do have to add that the language is, as one might expect, something other than dinner table polite. Given the genre, dinner table polite would be inappropriate.
The great strength of this book for me was the character of Atriya. The author makes him real, even in this dystopian sci-fi environment. As a reader, I easily became invested in him, although I have little in common with him. Atriya is violent and can and does kill without compunction, but something else bubbling to the surface, something he can’t grasp just yet.
He goes to seek advice from a chaplain, another Crusader, a woman named Verus. I suspect that Wayne is familiar enough with the Classical world to know that “verus” means “true” in Latin. (A purist might bellyache it’s for masculine nouns, of course.) Verus herself seems something of an enigma. Atriya understands this. She is a chaplain, but she is not overly religious. One overdone aspect of the character is that she seems to be something of a prophet. She foresees Atriya leaving when he has no reason to leave.
Their relationship is platonic. As a matter of fact, unlike so much of this sort of writing, there is no sex. Atriya does not stop by to toss the sheets with a casual lover or working girl and discuss the meaning of life on Echo. I found the absence of such a hackneyed scene a relief.
However, the reader has to endure some info dumps regarding things like nifty weapons and societal hierarchy. The reader encounters a lot of specialized terminology throughout the book, including the title, which is only explained near the end. There are some gory scenes, including cannibalism.
Tension steadily builds till the end. Atriya manages to annoy the wrong people, who are willing to seek revenge with friends. As a reader, I’m fully there with him. I care. I want to see him succeed. His career is threatened, and his life is in danger. He has limited choices. He decides if this is it for him, he’s going to take as many of them as he can with him.
—Flip the page… the book ends… I mutter words that cast doubt on whether the author’s parents were married—
The first volume, which I admit I did not pay for, includes the first three chapters of the next volume, so the reader gets a good glimpse of what’s to come.
Will I read volume two? Probably. After I wade through some fifty other books, including the one my dearly beloved gave me for Christmas.
All in all, I enjoyed this book.
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It could so easily have ended up as one star because the end of the book is missing! Oh, to be sure it has been replaced by the opportunity t0 buy the next book in series, but that's beside the point.
I ended up giving four stars because the characters are interesting (especially Atriya and Verus), the premise of the story is compelling and the author's world-building skills are top notch.
So, there's this guy and he's having some doubts about himself & what he's doing with his life. Sound familiar? Like your average mid-life crisis, right? Except that this novel is set on another planet a couple of millennium in the future and the guy is a technologically boosted super-soldier whose only friend is a woman who's kinda dropped out of the rat-race to pursue her own path, some of which she shares with the main protagonist in the story (yep, that means that soldier having his mid-life crisis). What she shares is interesting (I love the Star Wars reference) enough for all of us to want to know more.
I got the feeling, as I was reading through, that this book is just about setting the scene. There's lots of description of weapon-tech, the socio-political-religious setup and the doubts in Atriya's mind. Sure, there's some action too, but it's mostly subsumed by the descriptions.
I should be rushing off to read the next book, but I'm still smarting about the missing ending. Let's see if I can move on.
I read this book a few weeks ago and I have to say, I enjoyed it very much.
The main character, Atriya, is a man who pushes himself to the limit. During the course of the book, he comes across a variety of things that make him question what he had accepted previously. An encounter with a previous officer, under whom he worked, and who hated him, is the trigger for the change that begins in Atriya. A conversation with a friend also sows seeds of doubt in his mind.
The writing of this book is excellent. Wayne gives a clear impression of the unpleasantness of the world of Echo, and how the people, and even the enforcers, are treated as of no account. He clearly shows the changes beginning in Atriya.
The book ends at this point, with Atriya setting off on a mission that might well be fatal, but which he has no choice but to take. the alternative is not acceptable.
I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
At first I wasn't sure that this was really for me. I like SF but at first glance this seemed a little too military, but as I read on I began to see there was a lot more to it. Echo is superbly realised, with layers of history, politics, religion, and spirituality.
It's quite short at about 47,000 words but it felt right to me. I was able to read it pretty much in one go which makes the book work like a film, you kind of get an instant hit. When I finished it I thought "That was good". I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
I've written a longer review on my blog [...]