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Love Conquers All (Annihilation series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The voice and writing manner in this book seems to be aimed to the younger set; somewhat shorter, declarative sentences, not as nuanced as an adult book would be. Also, several situations get explained at least twice (especially early on), like the reader's attention span isn't very good. The duplicate explanation often uses even the same wording. This is an annoying trait, but does seem too lessen as the book goes on.
There is much about this future Earth society that is only skimmed. There are a lot of rules governing who you marry, where you work, and many other things. However, it is not well explained, just mentioned and then written of as if it is something everyone knows and accepts. However, since much of this entire saga is about space and other societies rather than Earth customs of the time, this is not a big issue.
They mention prayer several times, and a creator (lower case) a couple times, but there is no development of this concept at all. In no way could this ever be construed as any kind of a religious or spiritual book.
As the story moves forward, it becomes more involved in space rather than Earth. Also as the story progresses, when situations happen it appears that the good guys always win. Now I like it when the good guys win in the end, but it seems like this society never loses. Nobody is that good. Every thing that Tag (the hero) or his compatriots plan comes off without a hitch. In addition, the pace of technological development is rather unrealistic. It is almost like conception to creation to construction to field use takes a matter of weeks.
Another factor of "the good guys always win" is what happens after they defeat an alien race. Immediately after that happens, the heroes talk to the alien enemies, and instantly the alien leaders see the error of their ways, most often those errors being involved in the fact that they are warrior races, known for their aggressive behavior and fighting prowess. After one discussion with the victorious earthlings, those aliens are ashamed of themselves and immediately adopt a more "Kum-Ba-Yah" pacifist attitude, and entire worlds abandon thousands of years of their history within a few days. This general process continues on an ever larger scale, at least through the first two books.
As for spelling, grammar, and the more tangible issues of the book, there are some problems, and are one reason why I marked the book down a star. While I didn't see the egregious issues brought up by some reviewers, that are problems, and a better editing job could improve things. There are occasional tense disagreements, some spelling, some homonym issues or else just word use misunderstandings (inpatient<>impatient, discrete<>discreet). There are also some dropped words or construction problems ("When is it due to the cleaned?").
Between the physical writing issues and the general frustration that these guys never even break a sweat, let alone lose, I rate the book at a low 4-star level. However, that being said, I love the general story line and concepts. I ended up reading the entire book in two days; I couldn't stop. I enjoyed it so much that I did what I RARELY do; I bought the next book in the series. Your opinion may vary, but if you are looking for a fun, swashbuckling space adventure without a lot of depth to drag you down, Saxon Andrew has written an excellent series for your enjoyment.
I just wish someone had proofread this much better; after a while, you see the errors and they don't take away from the joy of reading as much as they normally would.
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