- File Size: 719 KB
- Print Length: 278 pages
- Publisher: Mary Holland; 1 edition (December 18, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 18, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006OFRV0C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,662,218 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stylistically, the writing is a mix between Ken Follett and Suzanne Collins, with science fiction and fantasy themes. But it is really so much more. This book has something for everyone: a love story, political intrigue, interplanetary travel, wonderful characters, detestable villains...The plot is unique and gripping. I've never read a book quite like this one, and find myself wanting more, wishing for more. I very highly recommend this book!
Many scenes are well-described, especially the Matcher sessions. I found myself wanting more details about the planets, but the focus is on characters and their interactions. If that's what you like, this is your book. A key construct of the book is social interactions and how they work. Called "affinity groups," they remind me of a similarly named organization at a company where I work. It's a great name to describe a group of people with similar interests.
For the purposes of categorization, this book falls into the same basic premise as the Dragonriders of Pern. Human colonists found a colony on an alien planet and find "thing" that completely changes their way of life. Saying much of anything else will constitute a spoiler so I leave it at that.
To the positive side of assessing this novel, the author's crafting of location is exceptionally intriguing. It's the sort of book that makes you want another 47 set in the same world just to wrap up various nuances of this alien society. Holland has created a world filled with endless possibilities that this book only begins to touch on. From a writing perspective the style is easily, accessible almost juvenile; I'd recommend it to my own children except for some references to sex which I am far too cowardly to explain to a teenager.
On the negative side, like all books of this sort, the beginning 10 pages or thereabouts were a bit of a struggle. This is somewhat unavoidable as the book is busy giving new and alien names to things but it could have been a bit less compressed. Those first pages are a bit daunting but worth getting through to get to the rest. Additionally, the ending seemed far too tidy and wrapped up with a too nice, too neat bow. Perhaps my reaction is at least in part because I want the other 47 books but the ending here is too pristine to even tease a sequel. In general the start and end seemed rushed endcaps to a beautiful middle.
In summary, this is a wonderful little concept for a society and I merely wish fervently that there were more of it. Given proper treatment there is so much of human nature to explore here but as a single stand-alone novel this came up a bit wanting. Again though, that may be at least in part my opinion because I wanted 47 more books.
PS: It is always my endeavor to provide helpful reviews. If you find my review helpful then great! If you do not, then please leave me a comment indicating what you want to know and I'll be sure to do better next time.
The author introduces us to characters that all have their own agendas but are dealing with something far more calculating than they will ever prove to be---and more prepared for what the future may hold. What I liked about the book was the way the author was able to introduce the characters to the readers in a way that told about who they are but also focused on what they wanted today. It's a great fit to what we all do in our own lives. Though the past might intrigue us, it is the motives of the present that mostly drive us.
It wasn't until finishing that I thought about the cover and what it might symbolize. For me it shows that there is a place for everything and everything in its place---even if the puzzle is not clear to the end.
There's no doubt about it: Mary Holland is one of those authors to keep your eyes on. She has a skill that is both engaging and keeps the reader interested until the end.