- File Size: 813 KB
- Print Length: 255 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace (February 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 15, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TOMJTAM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love Alan Black's books because he takes a fun sci-fi adventure and peppers it with truly interesting characters who give the story an extra level of exploration and fascination. This one has that in spades.
The book starts out like many other sci-fi tales, in a far-future world of a highly stratified society where our hero is, against all odds, working to rise above his lower-class roots and make something of himself. It comes as no surprise that members of the higher society whose ranks he aspires to join are not welcoming, and actively set out to sabotage him. What is a surprise is the character's reaction.
I'm not going to spoil the author's gradual development and unveiling of his main character, but I will tell you that Mr. Black does what very few authors do: he acknowledges that his character comes from a difficult upbringing, he doesn't shy away from the horrible things that happen to that character as a member of a disadvantaged class. Moreover, the author does shy away from the emotional scars that the character's past has left. Instead, those scars become the key to why this main character is different than any of the others whose stories you've read.
By the end, I found myself rooting for the main character, of course, while at the same time having a vigorous internal debate with myself about what it said about me that I was pulling for a guy who, to be honest, did some pretty terrible things to other people, deserved or not.
Thank you, Mr. Black, for giving me that extra layer of meaning and introspection. It makes a fun story so much more.
I never thought I would identify with a serial killer before, but ... yep, I'm now a huge FAN of York -- and Mr. Black! (I find I can't use too many exclamation points about it.) I hope the author makes this a "serial" (pun in tended, though there is little overt humor in the book in spite of the constant thread of irony running through it, that and of course that Karma is a BITCH! and you never know when somebody you stepped on can bite you back), but even if Mr. Black does not write more books about York, this book is a GEM and now on one of my special KEEPERS, to be re-read again and again! Go, Mr. Black!
When we meet York Sixteen, he’s already been abandoned, abused, bullied, and beaten, yet every time he makes forward, upward progress, Black hits him with another setback. Instead of Sixteen, he should have been named Sisyphus. York is a by-the-rules kind of guy, so much so that he would be called a “straight arrow” except for (no spoilers) one tiny little flaw in the shaft of the arrow. At first the flaw goes unnoticed, then…well, I said no spoilers. Read the book.
I appreciate the way Black incorporates the characters and contributions of other writers in his stories, implying that they have become classical, surviving into the 27th century. The appearance of Black’s thinly-disguised alter ego as one of the numerous villains in the story was also a treat.
Good job, Alan Black.
The protagonist is one of those quiet guys who live next door that the neighbors are all surprised about when the cops haul him away in chains. I love the main character and am repulsed by him all at the same time. This is listed as a military science fiction book. And it is. But, it is more, although I have no idea what to call it since I have never read a scifi book that took this direction.
This was not a simple escapist book like I hoped to read. It was more challenging than that, bringing to mind current events I didn’t want to think about, but that was okay because I liked the book so much.
Well done Mr. Black.
I started reading this book and got tangled in it right away. The character, the ambiance, the story are all new to me (unless you've seen or read "Ender's Game", there are some similarities there, don't know which came first). Also some resemblance to the series Aliens (The movies)... big lonely ships, cargo vessels, and such. The idea of ships fitted like small cities or towns, reminds me of Rama (from A. Clarke).
I also liked that the character is not the classic literature hero, he is quite disturbed and carries a burden.
Liked all the other characters as well, very nicely developed.
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