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- Print Length: 314 pages
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- Publication Date: September 10, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00N86X5FK
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Alien invasion almost destroyed humanity? Sure. Everybody learns about THAT in grade school (and remembers about as much detail as adults as we do about Ancient Egypt and Rome) - it's just like breathing. So why explain it. Living on other worlds, hollowed out asteroids? Of course! You don't know of so&so, he's only like the richest person in this part of space. You know, you aren't from around here, are you?
Sorry to see it end, and eagerly waiting for the next book...
Things to know:
-Stereotypes - Every. Single. Character. If you've read a lot of space stories none of this will be new to you.
-This is not really a pirate tale (nor does it have anything meaningful to do with trading either)
-This really isn't a robin hood / prosperity story, money is barely a background motive and plays little emphasis in the overall story
-The main character (Webber) could have been a lot better/unique/mysterious and rec'd more pages
-Space combat is basically "both ships shoot all your missles, see how many get through"
-I guess a lot of people come into this excited from the prior series in the same universe, I did not so take that for what it's worth
-The end is very weak an unsatisfying (The synopsis ends right where the story ends)
-Lots of opportunities aren't taken (derelict ships aren't salvaged/towed, weapon systems aren't improved, etc.)
-The secrets revealed turn out to be boring (why/who's house is Webber paying on?, what's Webber's background?, the secret tech? all really disappointing when revealed)
So the first part would get zero stars, the rest would get 3 stars. I think the series has promise and will read the next one, but if the next one isn't any better than this one I will not be going any further.
That being said, I did warm up to the story and enjoyed it enough to invest in the next in series.
Can't wait for Book 3 (aka Rebel Stars Book 2)!
If you're considering this book based on reviews, please note: Rebel (Rebel Stars #0) comes before this book.
I love how this book seems to integrate ideas that Robertson has toyed with before, like the drones and tech elements from the Cutting Room and he sets this narrative firmly in the Breakers universe with allusions to the first series sprinkled throughout in believable and utterly natural ways.
The battle scenes seemed a bit weak to me and by the end I found myself scanning the text rather than trying to follow it because I lost the plot a bit. It was difficult to imagine how things were going down and I thought the ships battling each other were the weakest parts for me. Of course that in no way detracts from the other elements of the book. It's a character driven narrative with bits of action sprinkled throughout. This book is also the resolution to that bit of a 'who dunnit' that was set up in the prequel.
All-in-all I highly recommend it.