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The Pattern Ship (The Pattern Universe Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I loved the STORYi* up until the final two or three chapters. At that point, my investment in Roote's world and the characters populating it stopped being enough to completely offset the poor editing (is it "Jefferson" or "Jeffreys"? whichever it is, "quiickly" is not a word), bad punctuation (beyond the comma abuse, mind), word-choice missteps ("identity" in place of "entity"?) among other annoyances.
Still, Roote DID create a set of circumstances that made sense in context. That required quite a bit of explanation, and the action took place over a period of five-plus years. Those things, combined with the relatively low page-count, meant that there was a lot more telling than I would usually tolerate. Yet, with Roote's voice, it seemed less unnatural and intrusive than it normally might. (That's a first for me.) I know lots of readers will have issues with it, however.
Only two of the main characters, the main "good guys", as it were, worked for me. They were pretty much cardboard cutouts (just like all the others), but I still ended caring about. After all, the fate of the planet was in their hands; their well-being was in humanity's best interests.
I fairly quickly got used to the oddness of supposedly American characters primarily using decidedly non-American English, with a bit of what I like to call "Cartoon Anerican" thrown in for good measure. But it proved a distraction until I was able to dismiss it as an idiosyncrasy fundamental to Roote's style. Note, however, that he doesn't get American government and military structures right, either.
There were generalisations about the Chinese and Russian peoples that set my teeth on edge. But as those ideas were ostensibly in the mind of one of the characters, I tried to look past them. It was enough to lose the book half a star, though.
*Okay, so I was more intrigued by the science being presented, than by the story that served as a decent enough vehicle for presenting it.
I don't really like stories that stop on a cliff hanger, hence the 4 stars instead of 5.
Something I do NOT like: Sequels. I dislike having to wait while the next book is written. Unfortunately for me, Amazon seems to market uncompleted series, so with almost anything I have read, I have to wait. It would be very nice to see the entire Patten Ship series in one large book in my opinion. But I am not capably of writing prose like Mr. Roote, and so I will now shut up.
Sorry, there isn't an American anywhere on the planet who curses by saying "Bullocks!" It's just not an American English phrase. Yet the author is heavily invested in applying British English to American characters. It's distracting and entirely unnecessary.
Others have noted the almost near-paucity of female characters, as if the US military was 100% male. And after a rollicking start, the book bogs down with pedantic exposition. Honestly, we don't need to know in excruciating detail the reasons for every small action and reaction among the aliens, the AIs, and the humans. We can figure it out.
I'll try the sequel just to see if things improve, but this is a good example of an author who has a terrific idea but not much beyond the initial scaffolding.
His helpers are not of this world but find a soft spot in their circuits for helping humankind evolve into something better than they currently have become.
We would do well to remember what this story has at its core. War and indiscriminate killings must end, nations must stop aggression against nations and with those problems eradicated.....life takes on a new meaning. If only!
This story is packed with visions of new tech and are wonderfully described on a level so everyone may enjoy having a complete understanding of this future world. A fantastic read any sci-first fan should relish. Enjoy!
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I actually like this story. I usually enjoy first contact stories and this is a pretty good one.Read more