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Orphan: Giant Robot Planetary Competition Book 1 (Volume 1) Paperback – December 24, 2015
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This is a YA book. That was unclear to me until I started reading. Once that was apparent, I didn't have any expectations of running into any thought-provoking situations and was better able to just enjoy the story.
The main characters are enjoyable and developed in what I thought were mostly realistic ways. The secondary characters, mostly strange alien beings, added color and creativity to the story. The plot was interesting enough to keep me coming back to read each evening without dreading the prospect. The ending was a pleasant surprise - not at all what I expected.
On to the negatives. This book needs some MAJOR editing. There are a lot of homophones that evade a spell check but make no sense in context. Murdock also leans on a variety of "pet phrases" that becomes a bit distracting. The story itself is told from the shifting perspectives of the three MCs. While the chapters are clearly marked to advise the reader as to which perspective is taking over, there generally doesn't seem to be much difference between the three voices.
Overall, I did enjoy reading this book. The plot had enough going for it to make me want to find out what would happen, and the end was surprising and satisfying. Readers who enjoy a light-hearted adventure story, and who can excuse the litany of editing errors they will encounter, will enjoy Orphan. It's very much a potential diamond in the rough.