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one of the few books I have read from beginning to end. I enjoyed the story, the plot, the characters and the twists.
Harken excells at setting the stage on his ficticious world of Nevis. The descriptions of the "flora and fauna" are captivating and fully realized, and I felt the same fascination reading those passages as I did when first watching the 'Avatar' film's revealing of the planet Pandora. There's a sense of captivating discovery with the turn of every page!
Unfortunately, establishing the setting only goes so far...
Harken fails to provide compelling characters. The motivations of the book's main protagonist, Aiden, are difficult to fathom. He comes across as a strange mix of active quasi-hero and ineffective existentialist schlub. This constant vacilation between Aiden's decisive action and deliberate indifference is frustrating, the reader is never able to appreciate or understand Aiden's motives, and yet it's clear that the author is trying (unsuccessfully) to make him sympathetic. Had Aiden been given more depth, to explain these variations in how he interacted with the world around him, it might have been okay, but Harken never does that. Exacerbating this issue is the fact that most of the book's dialogue comes across as positively wooden: not real people having converstations, but as flat and emotionless recitations from a script by some junior-high drama class acting out the scenes. As a result, all the characters come across as two-dimensional, a pack of cardboard cut-out foils which Harken uses to interact with his otherwise brilliantly concieved alien world.
The other chief problem I had with the book was pacing. The story is slow to develop, with far too much space devoted to exposition and descriptions and far too little to moving the plot forward. While the descriptions of Harken's alien world are amazingly well-wrought they slow the novel's forward momentum to a crawl -- the real storyline doesn't even begin to be revealed until half way through the book. At times I found myself wanting to scream, "Get on with it!" The problem is that once Harken does get things moving, the reader has already begun to lose interest -- for some the plot's movement will be enough to get them re-involved with the book, for me it wasn't: once the last page was turned I felt disappointed, wishing that an already short (258 pages) book had been even shorter.
Aiden, the hero of the novel, is full of surprises as he fights for his family's survival. Life on Nubis is a wonderful read for all ages. It is highly recommended for the those who love a little bit of Star Trek & Star Wars combined. It is very entertaining.
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