- File Size: 11199 KB
- Print Length: 386 pages
- Publication Date: January 6, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07X9147K1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Lost Signal (Slaves of Zisaida Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Basic story background: In the beginning, the Creators genetically engineered a slave race on earth to mine Zsaida. These slaves were humans. The Uruklu were also created as guards to control the human slaves. To make them more savage, they craved human flesh. Eventually, these two groups are forced to form an alliance to fight their creators.
The novel's overall plot is complex and requires a bit of effort and patience to become totally engaged in the fantastical world. (Took 150 pages for me.) Personally I immediately identified with the storyline unveiled through the eyes of Fiona, a human-alien raised by humans. I found myself less interested in the other storyline about a group on earth preparing to fight off an alien invasion.
It's well written and worth the read. A fresh Sci Fi concept.
There are a lot of characters, and, at first, the sheer number of them can be a little overwhelming, but hang in there because they all have distinct personalities and bring their own spice to the story. My personal favorite was Kurugar, whose slow descent into madness as the story progresses is not only intriguing but also, at times, hilarious. His interactions with Fiona will keep you reading to find out what his plans are for her--and their strained, awkward, and intense relationship is an element in the story you absolutely don't want to miss.
Personally, I'd figured out the story's main twist by around the chapter four mark, but not because the story is predictable--I'm just a mass consumer of science fiction and am pretty decent at identifying twists before they happen. Despite this, I kept reading because I was dying to know how it would all come together. The beauty of this book is in the details. There is so much depth and layering between the characters, their backgrounds, and what's happening. It all weaves together into an intricate tapestry. You won't be disappointed even if, like me, you have an eye for plot twists.
The writing is clear and easy to read. Albeit a little clunky. There was never a time when I felt lost or confused. I happen to know this author is fluent in more than one language, and it's clear she has a way with words.
If you enjoy sci-fi in the vein of Independence Day, Stargate: SG1, and Battlestar Galactica, you will enjoy this book. I highly recommend it for lovers of the genre or anyone who enjoys in-depth storytelling with a large cast of characters.
My only problem with it is that sometimes the military and political side of things crosses into the realm of being noticeably unrealistic. If you're a veteran, or someone who is familiar with how the military functions, you may find yourself rolling your eyes on occasion. But, overall, I wouldn't say it merited a lower rating because of it, and it certainly didn't ruin an otherwise great story.
This book shows a willingness to explore horrible outcomes without ever regressing into horror. It focuses on character relationships and manages some fascinating psychological analyses. It's not hard sci-fi by any means, but its premises feel rational and it offers a pretty good adventure. I was stunned by the reveal near the end. Will be reading the sequel when it releases.