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I also can't believe that the author portrayed the "heroes" that discovered the spaceship as having such weak character.... Really? You are going to the moon - surely it would cross your mind that you will miss your family? OK - they are stranded there BUT why belabour the point to the characters detriment - they came off as weak and useless and with that the characters were unbelievable. This in itself almost made me throw the book out the window. But I persevered hoping that the writing style would develop and the continual repetition would stop. At the end of the entire series I can say that it has - but only marginally
If you can get over the poor editing and repetitions (and if I can then most others should be able to) then this series may be worth your time. After all, it was entertaining and with enough interest to make me want to persevere to find out the fate of the human race..... as such I will probably be reading any further instalments.
Now, for the other guy's review:
I went looking for some space opera, and this one landed near the top of the category search. I was hoping to start a good series, so I bought "Moon Wreck" after reading the blurb and skimming the five star reviews. The storyline is familiar, but I expected it to be. "Astronauts find crashed ship on the Moon, it has a working AI, it turns out the ship is from advanced human civilization on the run from an evil empire". I wanted some space opera, and yes it's that.
However, I didn't expect the laughably awful writing, the lack of originality, the complete lack of any technical explanation of anything, the slight sexism that runs through the book, and all the other things that force me write this one-star review. I read the first 75% of the book in detail, then just could not take it anymore and skimmed the last 25%.
The alien Hocklyns are described as "a lizard that walked on two feet with arms and hands. They were a pale green in color with a small crest on the top of their head". Are you kidding me? That's a Gorn from Star Trek! And the Admiral of the Federation Fleet, well he's clearly a copy of Commander Adama from Battlestar Galactica.
Every character is named something from early 70s elementary school classroom. Jason, Greg, Lisa, Elizabeth, Katherine. The alien AIs are named Ariel and Clarissa; perhaps the author watches Disney movies and late 90s Nickelodeon TV shows.
The male characters are never physically described, but the female characters are, as are the female AIs which are called "gorgeous" multiple times. When we meet the second AI, Clarissa is described as "a pretty blonde with deep blue eyes and a friendly face", and Greg notes that "The Federation obviously had a good taste in women." [sic] There are other examples of that kind of casual sexism. Men are pilots, women are nurses. That sort of thing.
The book has several very annoying repetition patterns. We are beaten over the head, page after page, time and time again, about the overprotective sister. I just searched for the word "sister" and skimmed the 35 results, with results like "His sister definitely won't be happy about that", "He knew his sister was relieved", "Jason knew he was going to get an earful from his sister", "He knew his sister was going to be highly upset with him again", "he hated upsetting his sister", "he was just glad his sister didn't know what was happening". We learn that the aliens will arrive in 268 years (12 times that number is used, per the search function). We are told time and again how much Greg misses his wife and infant son, but curiously the author never bothers to give the child a name.
The cons: The writing style is, in a word, basic. Weil, for whatever reason, repeats things ad nauseam in the series, in the books, in the chapters, and yes, occasionally in the same paragraph. How often do we need to be reminded that Kevin likes hamburgers? That Jeremy likes fruit drinks? That Amanda likes hot chocolate? If I had a nickel for every time a female character "crossed her arms across her breasts" I'd have at least a couple dollars. Weil might have been better served by further developing these utterly one-dimensional characters instead of telling us that they were slicing an egg on their salad. There are only two kinds of characters in the entire series: white hats and black hats. The characters figuratively wear one or the other with not even the slightest nuance towards the middle of the spectrum and they are utterly uninteresting.
The pros: How can there be pros after that? The premise of the series is interesting. And while Weil leaves vast ground uncovered in terms of political intrigue, economics, etc. (actually, politicians = whiny idiots, admirals = save the world studs), he does attempt to delve into the technological aspect of things (although you might wonder how so little progress is made over the course of 400 years). No, the real fun here is guiltless space opera with massive battles typically resolved by all manner of dei ex machina not excluding the series denoument.
I suppose there must be a place in the contemporary literary world for the sci-fi version of a prolific romance novel writer and Weil fills that space. I envy his success. And I can't say that I didn't enjoy the series on some level, but now I feel like I need to go re-read the Simarillion a few times.
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Looking forward to seeing how this series develops