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The Perihelix (Viridian System Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B01AKJ93IK
- Publisher : Princelings Publications; 2018th edition (February 16, 2016)
- Publication date : February 16, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 775 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 358 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,329,930 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I enjoy Science Fiction, and this is mostly Science Fiction, it does, however, have a smattering of fantasy mixed in, which made it somewhat less my style, although still very enjoyable. My major complaint about the book would be that there seemed to be too many planets, factions, and individuals who were occasionally hard to keep straight as far as their motivations and intentions were concerned. I also felt at times like I was joining the story half-way through and that there should be a prequel to fill in some of the background. But those were not serious distractions from my ability to enjoy the story.
The plot resolves the major theme well and also leaves a lot of unanswered questions, leading me to expect a sequel (and I will be disappointed if there isn't one).
The Perihelix, book 1 of the Veridian System, follows Pete and the Swede in an intergalactic adventure as they race to find the five pieces of a legendary weapon before their enemies do. It's an exciting, action-packed story, with Pete, Lars, and their friends dodging kidnappers and murderers, running away from both the Federation and the Imperium, as well as attempting to keep their pasts buried. But pasts don't like to stay hidden, especially when someone is trying very hard to bring them to light.
I struggled to follow the beginning as Pett tried to set the tone for the rest of the story, but fortunately, it started to flow better somewhere in the middle of chapter 2 or 3. It isn't a kind of starting that pulls you in, but one that you have to work at a little. I found this a bit strange because Pett has published many books before this, including the Princelings Trilogy, so this shouldn't be an issue. Maybe a side effect of writing in a new genre?
The story sometimes suffers from having too many things happen at the same time, including a random stray miner saved by Pete and Lars. The 5 of them dash back and forth from planet to planet, and it sometimes get a little difficult to keep track. There's also a lot of allusions to hidden pasts and pasts that are being actively forgotten, but not all of them have been revealed yet, and I'm not sure if they will be, or if they are relevant. One person's past, which I would have been interested to find out about will likely not be revealed because she dies in the book (Not naming names! But yeah, people die in this book.) I can't really pinpoint anything specific though - just an overall feeling of it being cluttered.
Overall, it's still a good story. I guess I just didn't like the execution as much as I wanted to.
The pacing and action keeps the book constantly firing on all four cylinders as Pete, Lars and their companions blast their through space; planet hopping to keep just one step ahead of their enemies.
There's secrets enough to fill a cargo freighter, and the hints to the boys' pasts are agonising. The need to know is almost unbearable and there are those who would go to any lengths to obtain what they know, what they have.
I'm desperate to know more about the boys' backgrounds, and I'm even more intrigued by the potential directions their future adventures could take.
It was an interesting story with some unusual characters.