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Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue (The Bern Saga Book 1) by [Howey, Hugh C.]
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Hugh Howey's "Wool: The Graphic Novel"
The world outside has grown unkind, and talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who dream, who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside. Learn more
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Howey's first novel is fast-paced, combining elements of military science fiction, space opera, and even romance, to flesh out his story of a young girl becoming a woman. The excitement never lets up, and the conclusion works perfectly to wrap up the novel and leave a huge tease for the second book, 2010's Molly Fyde and the Land of Light.

Howey does an excellent job in a book that rarely reminds you it is a first novel, and is a wonderful example of the big boys not always having the best books. This is one not to miss. And after you read it, you will be waiting in line, along with me, for the sequel. -- LUKE'S REVIEWS

A charming, well-written and beautifully realized story. I loved it. -- DOUGLAS PRESTON

Vivid writing and fast-paced story line, Molly Fyde is a definite recommend. -- SF READER

The Parsona Rescue is one of the best YA sci-fi novels I've read the entire year. I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait for the next installment. Don't let it pass you by! Whether you are a sci-fi fan, or simply a fan of adventure and love stories, this novel shouldn't be missed! -- THE HIDING SPOT

Hugh crafted great worlds where anything is possible. With the way this book ended, I can't wait to read the next installment in this series. -- FANTASTIC BOOK REVIEW

About the Author

HUGH HOWEY is the author of the award-winning Molly Fyde saga and the New York Times and USA Today best-selling Wool series. The Wool Omnibuswon Kindle Book Review's 2012 Indie Book of the Year Award and has been translated in forty countries.

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  • File Size: 890 KB
  • Print Length: 506 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing (August 22, 2009)
  • Publication Date: August 22, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002CMLE04
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By K. Williams on April 28, 2012
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I read Wool (1-5) by the same author, as well as half way home, and could easily tell that this was an earlier work. It's not bad, but it's not great. It reads like a YA novel, while it doesn't seem to be marketed as one. It's got the chaste teenage romance, the adultless adventures, and the friendly strange creatures of a typical YA science fiction novel (of which I read plenty when I was the target audience). There is a part of the book that gets into heavier subjects, but I don't think that even this went beyond YA territory. The resolution to one of the last problems, in particular, I thought was silly and unbelievable. It completely disengaged me from the story, and since I was near the end, it never really drew me back in.

I will say that I liked that Molly was generally the hero of her own story, although the romance element felt too trite to enjoy at all.

I don't think it's a bad starter science fiction novel, particularly for a young reader, but it is not Howey's best. I think it would be good for the 7-12 crowd. If you're considering this book because you read Wool, I would not recommend it. Read Half Way Home instead. Still not as good as Wool, but better and more richly imagined than Molly Fyde.
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I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. My husband read it first and would only give me the cryptic review of "You'll like it." He knows that I am NOT a sci-fi fan (he is) and I am almost strictly a mystery/true crime reader. Only after I read it did he tell me that he enjoyed it and is looking forward to the continuing saga.

For me, it was a light quick read. Well presented and not overly complicated - but not so simple that I felt like I was reading a kids book. I am a "skipper". I fast-forward whenever an author gets too wordy or sidetracked with unnecessary details. Not once did I find myself skipping in "Molly Fyde". When I had to stop reading, I looked forward to having time to sit back down and pick it up again. I enjoyed the journey that Hugh Howey took my mind on.

The plot is not so thin that the ending is obvious. The action flows swiftly without being rushed or confusing. The characters and locations are believable and easily envisioned. Conversations, thoughts, and interactions seem natural and not contrived to fit the story. Philosophical questions pop up throughout the book (without being intrusive) giving one added things to mull over.

A book has always been on my gift list for my grandchildren. "Molly" will be this year's selection for many of them. I know both the boys and girls will enjoy it... and I think their parents will, too!

I'm still not a sci-fi fan, but am a Molly Fyde fan. The next book has a lot to live up to.
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What Howey has done here is create a story so complex in nature, yet so well-contained that it is enjoyable on many levels. This feeling echoes throughout the characters, settings, and themes readers are presented with page after page, leaving you wanting to soak up everything this adventure has to offer. I occasionally found myself so exhausted upon finishing a chapter because this story makes you THINK and consider tough issues that can't possibly be tied up nicely. For me, this is the mark of a great read!

The author has also brought together a wonderful ensemble cast and managed to create characters that you respect, appreciate, and love because of and in spite of their flaws. The characters and the planets they inadvertently reach are presented with such an authenticity that readers can't help but trust the author's intentions. I found myself rooting for the characters to succeed, yet also damning their character flaws at the same time (and then laughing at how organic it all felt)! In my humble opinion, the final member that joins the ranks of the Starship Parsona truly rounds out the team and gives them an appealing advantage - a soul.

We are with Molly and Cole throughout the entire book, yet my favorite components included the introduction of new characters and worlds, only so endearing by the excitement from Molly's vantage point. So many parts of this story reminded me of other great reads, science fiction and beyond, that I found myself with both a sense of familiarity and newness. It isn't often that a book can leave so much so in its path and promise for more of the same. If you want to read a great book, pick up the Parsona Rescue. If you just want an o.k. book, I hear Dan Brown's got a new one out :)
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With a recommendation from a friend, I ordered a copy of MOLLY FYDE. I never thought that I would really enjoy science fiction, but after a few pages of "Molly", I was not only intrigued, but proven wrong. By the middle of chapter two, I was hooked - only putting the book down when real life or sleep got in the way. Non-stop, "on the edge of your seat" action and perfectly crafted characters take the reader along with Molly and crew on their adventure. The last few pages left me breathless and anxiously awaiting book number two! I have officially made the "jump" into the world of Sci-Fi.
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Probably like many others, I discovered Hugh Howey with Wool. I found that series so amazing that I had to read his other works, so I went back to the beginning with Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue. I enjoyed that book tremendously: it's well-written, funny, fast-paced. The characters are all immediately appealing. The situations force you to keep on reading to know what the outcome will be. After only a few pages, you feel that the author has managed to create a coherent fictional world that has the potential for an ongoing series. You feel comfortable with the heroine, just like when you're reading one of your favourite comics. By the way, Molly and the universe she evolves in share similarities with the French comics series "Sillage" ("Wake" in the English translation).
Howey manages to create something new while using traditional ingredients: Molly is the underdog, the poor orphan girl (like Dickens's young characters, or, closer to us, Harry Potter). There's something of Gulliver's travels too, with the different customs, sizes and specificities of every race: the Glemots are very tall and heartlessly efficient, the Palans are messy and treacherous, the Drenards are exceptional pilots... Each encounter raises philosophical questions that can be a bore for Molly, but are actually quite deep and thought provoking (the place given to technology, what's art / beauty, how to decide what's important or not). She and Cole are like two futuristic Gullivers or Candides, yet they're not that naive and helpless, even if they're young. Each encounter adds another unexpected friend to this motley crew, which looks like Peter Pan's lost boys (Walter the Palan, Edison the Glemot, Anlyn the Drenard...
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