Rendezvous on Noxus (Ride the Gizi Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Paras, the snarky cargo pilot we follow, is just trying to make it in this world, and even though this is set in a universe of space-faring ships and strange aliens, we can see ourselves in her, just struggling to make ends meet. Being inside her head for this journey is a delight -- she is practical and no-nonsense, and always ready with some sort of exasperated quip on the extraordinary situations she finds herself in after crossing paths with Haben (one of the hot dudes previously mentioned).
Haben's mission is the one that sweeps Paras up, and it takes us all over this galaxy -- this is not a story where the characters move easily from point A to point B. The side tracks that McNeill takes us on are always critical to the story, but that is not usually revealed until much further on down the line. While in the moment, we're just immersed in the daily chaos that is life on the Gizi, especially since the adoption of their third crew member. It is that daily chaos and all the little world-building details that go along with it that is honestly one of my favorite aspects of this novel.
McNeill has the ability to make the fantastical seem realistic, and we can see that in the way she crafts her world. This isn't a sleek science fiction universe, with bright, shining surfaces and a utopian disconnect from where we are now (at least not in the places that she lets us explore in this book), but you get the sense that it's not THAT far removed from where we are. The technology, while advanced, is approachable, and the characters are still recognizable even if they are members of another species. A reader can tell that McNeill put a lot of thought into how things work in this universe, how class structures are organized, and what actually makes sense in a civilization, regardless of how far advanced it is. It makes her novel wonderfully fascinating -- I was always eager to see what new detail of her world building she would reveal next (and I can't wait for her next book to see more of it).
As McNeill said, this is her first novel. I hope it will not be the last and that she holds true to her promise that there is more in store for the crew of the Gizi. I, for one, am very eager to see where she takes these characters next.
The characters are all very deep and do a good job getting you interested in their individual stories, and the settings are just vague enough that you can supplement your own information, but alive enough to put you there with our crew. The action, from the start, is non-stop, making you feel as if you're actually an unrecognized member of the crew tagging along and analyzing everything, and either you keep up or you miss out.
The only thing I can say that might miss some readers is that some of the scenes are expansive and give much detail, or internal monologue. I personally appreciate it, as it is common in most Sci-Fi, and also serves to grow the mental imagery and puts you in Paras' head. Realistically see myself re-reading a few times until Book 2!
As this is the first book in your series, I have only one question: S.A. McNeill, when does the next episode of this masterpiece debut?!
My only cons with this story is that there are a few parts that drag, but the dialogue quickly pulls you out and has you engaged again. Also I wish some of the characters back stories were told, but maybe that will be addressed in a future book (hopefully there will be future books).
The diversity of the crew and story was a plus as well. There were many types of aliens and the descriptions and interactions with them reminded me of my first time in a city.
My favorite character in the story is a creature called Va. I won't give anything away, but Va is pretty laid back and very patient. She reminds me of an older auntie who is quite wise and ready to give good advice due to her life experiences.
Paras' tendency to get herself into so many "odd" situations made for great reading, because I wanted to find out what was going to happen to her and those around her.
I can not wait for Book 2, mainly because im dying to know where Haben and Paras' love ends up. (Hopeless Romantic here) To know that all that they've been through wasn't in vain. I'm rooting for them!
Great Job to the author Ms. McNeil.