- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Talos (August 11, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1940456231
- ISBN-13: 978-1940456232
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,873,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Pilots of Borealis Paperback – August 11, 2015
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I see the book as being split into two completely different parts by the author - both with different themes and messages. The first - the majority of the book - is a rip snorting old fashioned adventure space-opera with unique characters and wonderful spectacle. I thoroughly enjoyed this part. It was so imaginative and well thought out. Yes, I recognized the obstinance and evil and dark capitalism demonstrated by the human societies as depicted by the author, but I also thrilled at the individual human spirit, excitement of the low gravity races and saves, and the overall opulence that was portrayed in parallel. I felt this part of the book could have been doubled in size and would have been truly epic. Kudos on this portion of the book.
The second part of the book - the end that seemed to be have been suddenly slapped onto the first part of the book (and just when the story was getting good too) - was abrupt and disheartening and a sad commentary on human kind that belatedly twists into a courageous jump into the universe.
The two parts wildly do not seem to go together even though both messages (adventure and defeat) do resonate with me. I really felt the sudden ending did a huge disservice to the book. The resulting fates of the main characters were so terrifying and yet strangely apathetic that I was totally stunned and dismayed. It was as if all power was taken from these powerful larger than life characters and their fates were resolved with a whimper instead of a bang. I think this resolution coupled with the incongruous combining of these two differently themed parts into one book ruined the book for me. Talk about a splash of frigid water to the face! Apparently the author was using this abrupt resolution of the story as a means to express his personal commentary and opinion (an obviously negative one) of mankind's nature (and maybe even a swipe at current times). The epic space opera suddenly turns into a hard hitting sermon and cautionary tale. But in doing this, the author ends up doing his fantastic characters and the original story a huge injustice, And the reader is left with a message that no matter how hard or fantastically one strives, everything can be forcibly and suddenly removed from you in the end. A total downer for such an epic story. I emotionally rejected that feeling and ultimately (unfortunately)this book.
I will continue to watch for future books from this author. He is supremely talented. Hopefully I will enjoy the conclusion of the next book better (or at least not be so let down by it).
I've never met a main character quite like Clinton Rittener. The author somehow got me to genuinely like such a stony, dangerous mercenary -- a cold-blooded killer. Rittener is a complicated character though, and possesses so many other sides. The female lead is every bit Rittener's equal, and believably so.
The main topic of the book, moreover, is one I've rarely seen -- a struggle for a future energy source, helium-3, that can only be found on the surface of the moon, and used to power fusion reactors. The science in this story was superb, and not just about helium-3, but every other aspect of the stunning civilization the author created.
Lastly --- Borealis! -- wow, what a city. Rather than try to describe, the reader will have to see for himself.
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