- File Size: 480 KB
- Print Length: 236 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1973125013
- Publisher: Self Published (October 6, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075ZYN84P
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,863 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It starts off with a cast of characters working through their issues as they’re selected for a special mission and shipped off to space. You can almost hear the dramatic tension music playing during a lot of the transition scenes. The characters are well written, they feel real, and I enjoyed my time with them. In fact, the cast and their issues are the very best part of the novel. I knew going into it that something awful was going to happen to them and I came to dread this eventual plot twist more and more.
The weak point of Praxis is definitely the pacing. The major plot twist that would come in the first 30-40% of an 80s film doesn’t happen until 70% through the book. I enjoyed the first 70% anyway because the characters are so dynamic and fun. However, pulling such a brutal plot twist 70% through is less of a twist and more of a genre shift. It felt like watching a romantic comedy and really getting into the fun characters, when suddenly the lead heroine is sexually assaulted in the last 30 minutes of the film and it switches to a brutal human drama. Spending so much extra time building the cast was bittersweet because I enjoyed them, but then the twist felt unenjoyable as a result. It kind of sucked seeing the characters I’d come to care about get ravaged so badly, which again highlights how much I enjoyed the cast.
The finish of the book is satisfying and solid and looks like the author is setting up for more in the universe, which would be pretty cool. Or maybe he just knows how to do a great ending. Either way, I was satisfied.
Praxis is a really solid novel with some significant pacing issues, but finishes strong. I never imagined I’d say this, but I would have enjoyed it better without the space pirates. This is one of the few sci-fi stories I can say I would have enjoyed with zero violence. The cast is just that well written.
I look forward to seeing what this author publishes next.
If you like character studies and problem solving stories, this book is for you. The last 30% is action and is also well written, but it's not the book's focus.
The science is ok enough, and a review isn't the place to pick at it.
The book started very slow and I almost lost interest in it. Almost. It slowly picked up speed and then kept going and had a great ending. Hence i would say the book needs some editing at the beginning to make it concise and tight; to make it more fast paced.
The narration was alright. I liked a few voices the narrator used for the characters. Most others were just alright.
The relationships between the characters are so fleshed out. Knight takes his characters and makes you care about them before wielding a story of peril where anyone could die at any moment.
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