- File Size: 4381 KB
- Print Length: 744 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Bear Publications (July 14, 2018)
- Publication Date: July 14, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07FM1LZ5G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,814,541 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Shattered World Kindle Edition
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"I've enjoyed Shatterworld! It has fact flavored with the fantastic, all built upon a backbone of faith...An interesting place to visit. Take the journey yourself!"
Robert Don Hughes
Author of the Pelmen the Poweshaper and Wizard and Dragon series
"There's an intriguing astrobiological premise, an alien character we can truly cheer for, and plenty of room for a sequel."
Author of the best selling Truce at Bakura and Fusion Fire
This trilogy has Shatterworld, Circumnavigation of Shatterworld, and Pacifists' War.
Don't let...the 12 year old heroine in the first book deter you. These are seriously good novels. The basic plot is an old one: a group of persecuted Christians escapes Earth and flees to a remote barren, seemingly uninhabited planet.
In the first book of the series, Rejoice is a 12 year old genius who saves the planet. In the second, she's a teenager sharing in a missionary journey around the planet. In the third, she's married and back to saving the planet again [well, sorta].
This is serious, powerful Christian fiction.
Author of the Tales of Mighty Men trilogy--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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When a group of pacifists fleeing Earth's wars find their new home, they realize it's a desolate wasteland. Though life is hard, they believe this is where they belong, until they find out they are not alone on Shatterworld.
By the events of Pacifists' War, not only does Rejoice have to deal with two alien species, one of which is violent and cannibalistic, but a new human colony has shown up on their planet, and these new colonists might prove even more dangerous than the flesh-eating aliens.
Note on ratings:
** Below average
*** Average. Not good or bad.
**** Above average
***** Above and beyond
The trilogy gets more mature with each book. The first one is very clean, the second one has a fair amount of violence near the end, and the third adds some hints of sexual things. These are not portrayed in a positive light and are things most people old enough to surf the web would already know about.
Originality and world building: *****
The worldbuilding is very good, and the idea of a pacifist colony coming to a new planet to escape persecution is a pretty interesting idea. The hexcrabs and chutree were both interesting species and felt quite alien.
One minor quibble is that after my trip to New Zealand and seeing what kinds of damage an invasive species can do, I thought the colonists were a bit too quick to start releasing animals and other Earth organisms on Shatterworld. I would have liked to have seen a bit more science where they figured out if they were releasing a potentially invasive species that could harm the local alien creatures.
Characters and their Arcs: ***
The characters were all unique, but I had some trouble relating to most of them. It may have been that Rejoice was young in the first book, and she's also a very different personality. I think Ur-Veena was my favorite character.
Writing style and Pacing: ***
The writing matures as the trilogy progresses. I felt like the pacing was a bit slow, and often, the personal problems had trouble tying in well with the main problem. (The first book's main problem did relate to Rejoice's issue, but it felt almost tacked on since the main problem didn't show up until near the end of the book.) The third book did much better at keeping the family issues tied into the bigger problem.
What I liked:
The worldbuilding and originality. I really enjoyed the hexcrabs.
What I didn’t like:
In the first book, some of the interaction with characters felt a bit off.
Is it worth reading?
Yes. It's a refreshing change from the mainstream plots.