Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2018
Jumped into this out of recommendation, was not disappointed.
Started reading this during my lunch breaks and found myself reading this while on the clock if I was at a good part. As long as you have an interest in science or just SciFi, then this is a book for you. It's an easy read, nothing to heavy or complicated, and has a fair amount of humor sprinkled in to keep it lively.
Some of the characters may seem rather “cookie-cutter” at times, though they tend to flesh themselves out later in the book. I could see some of the characters becoming relatable to some readers, as the author has given most of the characters basic yet common backstories, so it is easy to accept them as they are and roll with it. I found myself hating one of the antagonists, not because the writing was poor, but rather that it was so well done that I could put my self in the shoes of the characters and see this guy from their perspective. Bravo, good sir.
Now the part that can make or break a SciFi novel. The “science!”
As someone who commonly reviews and studies several fields (non-professionally), I wasn't able to find much wrong with the functional sciences (the not so fake or futuristic side). Granted, yes, there are a few points that make you think and just don't quite add up, but it is SciFi. It is part of experience. It allows you to view the author's imagination. Plenty of it was what was presented was thoroughly described and utilized. Was expecting a list of source articles at the back of the book for some parts. Though not bogged down as if reading a tech manual.
On a lighter note, the plot. Spoiler free, of course.
Thinking of this as a “post-apocalyptic” themed story would be going a bit far. Yeah, their was an earth changing event, but it was quickly dealt with and everyone progressed from there, so I can't see myself using that as a theme. But on that note, the way they dealt with it was certainly interesting. I have heard some say this book may be prophetic in a way. Not going to start calling these books the re-imaginings of Nostradamus, but I could see SOME things turning out as crazy in our timeline. Anyways, this being the start of a twelve book series, I can understand why the pacing was a bit slow in some chapters, but keep in mind that it picks up about a third of the way through. And boy does it pick up near the third half!
As an overview and specific interests, this is certainly an interesting book for young adults and even those who are avid readers looking for something on the lighter side with a kicker in the plot department. The writing style is fluid and clean, though sometimes not perfect. The characters (although plentiful) are thought through and many are rich in personality. The protagonists and antagonists are clearly distinguishable and well formed. As for that amazing third party later on.... wait, spoilers. The chapters can jump from one faction to the other at unfortunate times, but that just makes you want to read more to find out what happened.
Would recommend this to others who are looking for a pleasant read and enjoy the more in depth science novels with a hint of morality. Suspenseful, clever, emotional at times, and had me on the edge more than once. Great read!