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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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The author is really good at making you feel the sheer hopelessness of her characters position. Whenever the MC was scared, conflicted, or hopeless, I was right there with him. The situation he's in is complicated and every time he explores a solution, it feels like he's walking on a razor's edge with disaster and death on either side. I was holding my breath through half the book.
Another notable quality of this book is it's ability to make believable, harsh antagonists and anti-heroes. The aliens perform unspeakable acts of cruelty and treat the humans like garbage, but by the end I could see why they did it and even respect them to a certain degree. I didn't agree with what they did ultimately, but I could see why they felt like they had no other choice.
I was somewhat annoyed by a few things, though. The hero has claustrophobia and this weakness is built up like it's going to be a significant hurdle for him to overcome. However, 2/3 into the book, he get's it cured off screen. Why bother having it? Everyone was treating it like some huge deal. Also, even though I could see why the MC and his friends became loyal soldiers, I didn't understand why they would turn on each other for it. wasn't the reason because they cared about each other more than their earth families? killing each other goes directly against that or are you really telling me that they like the aliens who abused them and mutated them? And finally, the kids were supposedly each assigned a number that was to replace their name to help strip them of their individually, however, nobody is referred to by their number besides MC! I only knew the numbers of two characters. Everyone else was always called by their real names or some nickname. I feel like the author just wanted her MC to be called zero.
However, it was ultimately a solid book. I recommend it
However, children are resilient and they accept things they cannot change, at least faster than adults would. How the children adapt to their situation is a large part of the plot.
I found the writing to be very good and the story moved along quite well. There were a few parts that dragged during training, but perhaps that was intentional, to give us a feeling of what the kids were going through at the time.
The characters were quite a collection of personalities, some malign and some noble, but most were somewhere in between – humans and aliens included. One of the struggles Joe goes through during the book is trying judge who to trust, and he’s not always successful.
Because this is the first of several books, don’t expect a pat, happy ending. However, at least it was satisfying enough that I wasn’t screaming in frustration (as has been the case with others). I am looking forward to continuing the series.
This is a well written, well edited story that I would recommend to anyone that enjoys a great sci-fi novel. It's the rare sci-fi book that can make me cry at the end....and I actually did when I finished this one. On to the next book in the series ....
That said, there's nothing wrong with Fantasy in Space. Once I realized that's what it was and stopped trying to think of it as Sci-Fi, I found myself loving every bit of it. More than anything else, this story lives by its characters. It was wanting to know what would become of them that kept me turning the pages when I should have long since been sleeping. Thematically, the story is strongly reminiscent of Ender's Game, Starship Troopers (The Book Only), and other good character driven Sci-Fi with a strongly military setting.
I feel I should also point out that this is the First, and in my opinion the weakest, in a series of books that only get better as they go on. I found this volume interesting enough to be worth buying, but nowhere near as good as the stories that follow it.
I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys Science Fiction, but isn't a stickler about it containing good (or any) science.