- Series: Redemption (Book 1)
- Paperback: 326 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd edition (May 22, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1512012793
- ISBN-13: 978-1512012798
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,044,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Keir: Book One of Redemption (Volume 1) Paperback – May 22, 2015
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About the Author
After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 22 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head. Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade and Broad Universe, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place), and an EPIC eBook awards finalist.
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1) NOTHING in this book is ever explained. Ever. For instance, A) Quinn's past was never explained adequately enough for me to have figured out exactly what in the heck actually happened. B) Her big mission to find the person who destroyed her world was not adequately explained either and then the mission just....vanished as the book went on - like it was only a prop in the first place. C) Numerous scenes happened that appeared in the moment to be important, and then later, time after time, I discovered they were absolutely and utterly pointless. D) Questions in this book are constantly being raised, but again, never answered. There are never answers, never clarity, there is just more questions that are left as unanswered as the rest of them. The overall effect is maddening.
2) I am not entirely certain there was one, even ONE emotion in this whole book that was shown and not told. God, it was so bad. It didn't bother me as much at first because I kept thinking that at some point it would change. Well, it didn't, and it grated on my nerves for the entire last half of the book.
3) And finally for the biggest reason I didn't like this book, there was ultimately no underlying theme for me to grab onto. There was no goal the characters seemed to be working toward. There was no endgame. There was nothing. Seriously, I don't even know what the first half of the book was for. It turned out to be a random selection of events that meant NOTHING to the last half of the book and the ending. It was pointless. All of it was so, so pointless.
With that being said, if you are not the kind of person that cares if any dots are connected, doesn't often ask many questions during the course of a book, doesn't analyze character's emotions or motivations, doesn't need a backstory that is at least well developed enough to constitute genuine understanding, and doesn't care if there is a point to the vast majority of the scenes, then this book is actually fantastic. I really do mean that. I don't believe the author has any skill at crafting a compelling story, and struggles deeply with show vs tell, but the writing itself is exceptional. Really fantastic. The best I've read in a long time.
Update: I finished it, which made me drop a star from my rating. The entire book was repetitive so much so that several sentences would sound so similar in a row it was very hard to read middle to back. It's like the passion of the writing for this book ended after the beginning and the writer lost momentum. There are a lot of unanswered questions, a lot of things just randomly... "are" which only a little bit bothers me. The ending was really not tasteful at all and made no sense.
One further comment about the world building - Pippa uses a backwards or persistent world-building technique that may throw some readers off. This means that her characters think, react and converse in full knowledge of their own histories even if the reader has not yet been introduced or is aware of these histories. These histories are explained as the story develops that shed light on a conversation that you may have read a few chapters before. This is different from the progressive world-building technique that most authors use. There is nothing at all wrong with this approach, and it can add some nice plot-twist elements, you just need to trust that even if you don't fully understand the conversation two characters are having in one scene that it will be relevant and explained later on. Pippa does make all those scenes relevant and I didn't find any loose strings by the end of the story.
I will say that the beginning of this book had me scratching my head a little bit. The first couple of chapters read like a fantasy story more than a sci-fi book, but as the story develops you learn why. Pippa has created a book that mixes elements from fanatasy, science fiction and science fantasy. The fantasy elements come in to play because one of the planets in the book hasn't developed science yet, and so they treat science as witch-craft and even name the heroine, Quin, as the Red Witch, and Keir as The Blue Demon. The planet reminded me of earth during the Spanish Inquisition. Once I figured this out, the story came to life. I would almost recommend a prologue or a first chapter to set this up to avoid confusion or losing readers in the first couple chapters who are wondering if they did buy a Science Fiction book.
There are sci-fi fantasy elements with Time-Travel, Psi-powers, gateways and telepathy. Though this may turn off hard-core science fiction readers, I thought it was done very well and explained within a believable context.
Now, about the romance - It is a sweet, but tormented, romance. Both of the leads have some heavy baggage, each with a richly developed history that is explained throughout the book. Their is a strong connection between them to start, but neither of them throws themselves at the other (which is refreshing). Both have real reasons for proceeding cautiously or misinterpreting the actions or intentions of the other. The intimacy scenes, though not quite as hot as I like, were extremely well written and beautiful. I think it suited both characters.
And the ending. Oh the ending. OH THE ENDING... not going to say anything else except to encourage you to see this book to the very end. You will be glad you did.
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