Home: Interstellar: (Hope's War) Kindle Edition
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Winner: 2017 Global eBook Award.
Winner: 2016 Reader's Favorite International BookAward.
"Hard sci-fi with a heart...complex,compelling tale of galactic intrigue." --KirkusReviews.
"...a satisfyingly meaty merchant-ship based universe and a heroine you can root for make this a compelling read for space opera addicts. " --The BookLife Prize in Fiction.
"In Home: Interstellar by Ray Strong we are presented with a strong blending of genres, a science fiction tale that reads like a pilgrimage with a haunted and haunting female character who combines strength and grace in a way that instantly wins the reader over to her perspective and her values, her every cause. ... The characters here are fully realized, vivid and alive,and often do surprising things - or do / say things that are very human, which can be rare. I especially like Meriel, who wins the reader over early and often and seems fully realized on the page, alive and breathing..." --Writer'sDigest.
About the Author
Ray Strong grew up reading the masters of science fiction. To bring those stories to life he went to college to learn how to design space ships. That training led him to a career as a professional engineer in high-tech industries. He is still working to bring those futures to the people of today.
- ASIN : B012CS64U2
- Publisher : Impulse Fiction (September 4, 2015)
- Publication date : September 4, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 4013 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 355 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #446,117 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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I was hooked shortly after starting to read this and couldn't put it down. It took me a few days to decide whether I liked the writing style or hated it because it was just that unique.
Pros: no big cliffhanger at the end to make you come back for more, dynamic characters - full of many pieces to the plot, not too predictable; not too graphic with violence or sexual content
(minor spoilers follow)
Family friendly - 4 out of 5 (there is violence and peril to children)
Writing clarity/lack of types - 4 out of 5 (there were a couple typos, but nothing that was too frustrating)
Story's draw (how much do I want to keep reading) - 5 out of 5
Sci-fi quality 5 out of 5 - I decided I like the writing style because its a slightly different take on sci-fi than I'm used to; it's cohesive and plausible
Satisfying - 5 out of 5 - I didn't feel like I wasted my time and I wasn't met with an annoying cliffhanger that made me want to not buy another book in the series just to spite the author
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Meriel is an outstanding character in any genre. Far from being any kind of superwoman, she has to wrestle with her own flaws and demons as well as with the sinister influence of outside forces which, at the beginning of the book, are almost incomprehensible. We 'know' she knows the truth, but even the reader is brought to doubt that under the terrible pressure of events. Nevertheless, Meriel simply will not give up, and eventually begins to see glimpses of light in the darkness. Through this process she matures as a person, from her monomaniac focus on the consequences of the loss of her ship, the Princess, to a broader understanding of the world and with a growing capacity for emotional engagement beyond her fellow orphans.
Both the SF tech setting (lightly presented, but thoroughly thought out) and the piracy, murder and dirty tricks of the entities involved are really well done. I enjoyed the little details of space travel and station life. Ray Strong leaves much unstated, but it's easy for the reader to interpolate.
His writing style is so unemotional that it took me a long time - almost half the book - to adapt to it. I felt that the first half flowed very sluggishly, and perhaps that was why. From the midpoint on, though, the book took off, and with a lot more fighting and overt suspense I really enjoyed the exciting and satisfying conclusion. I say satisfying, and I was satisfied, but readers should note that not all loose ends are neatly tied up. I like that, because it reflects real life.
Top reviews from other countries
Ray paints a grim picture of mankind, with an overcrowded Earth ruled by bureaucrats, humanity barely surviving in space in ships and overcrowded space stations where all the imaginable evil can take place, adding to the mix the greed of omnipotent corporations and religious fanatics. The plot is interesting and well written. If I do not give it 5 stars it's because I found the writing a little bit too distant, with few emotions. Even so, I recommend it to the lovers of space opera.