- File Size: 671 KB
- Print Length: 433 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 28, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07FZPD4WH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,868,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Hypernova Kindle Edition
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I'm a bit of a history buff (and that sometimes includes fictional history) so I enjoyed the fact that Hypernova has such a detailed backstory. You can tell the author has spent plenty of time building out his fictional world and characters just from the first few pages. We get a snapshot of their individual personalities, so that they feel more like distinct people and less like cardboard cutouts. That isn't always the case in some stories these days.
The description of the scenery is well done. You get a real feel for Europa itself, the station where the crew lives, and other major settings. The author paints a vivid picture. And since this is hard sci-fi, prepare yourself for a deep dive into concepts suited for a physics class or chemistry class.
Awkward dialogue is one element that took me out of the story, at times. Some dialogue sequences contained gobs of exposition that filled in the blanks for the reader rather than feeling like a true conversation between characters in the scene. Varying dialogue tags were also used a bit too often to convey a character's thoughts and emotions where body language would have done the same thing in a less intrusive way.
Overall, this is an intriguing hard sci-fi mystery that will make you think.