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- Print Length: 90 pages
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- Publisher: Legion Printing and Publishing, Inc (June 4, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 4, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008ADNAME
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Ship's Boy (The David Birkenhead Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Don't expect some liberal rant in these books about how his society is fundamentally evil and the bad guys are really the good guys. That's not the case at all here. The bad guys are just more competent, and half of David's struggle is to see whether he can change that.
If you can get over the choice of species for the main character it is a good classical story of a young kid who, due to unforeseen events, blasts off into the galaxy on a journey of adventure. His benefactor and protector ending up being nothing less than the royalty of the kingdom in which he lives.
To add to the weirdness of being a genetically modified rabbit he is, or rather was, also a slave as most of these rabbits apparently are. This, of course, gives the author an excellent opportunity to add some obstacles based on prejudice for our young hero as well as the opportunity to weave in some moral finger pointing into the story. In the short book that I’ve read and the first few pages of the next one the author manages to do this rather well without it becoming too intrusive.
The science in the book is more on the fictional side than on the science one but given the rabbit stuff that’s rather expected I would say. It’s still fairly okay and the book does not go too much into details about how things work which is probably a wise move in this case.
If it wouldn’t have been for this rabbit business I would have rated this book higher but I have a hard time getting over that bit when reading it. Otherwise it is a good story, although clearly intended for the younger audience as I mentioned above, and I quite wanted to see where the story went so I have already started to read the next one in the series. It’s not exactly a big commitment since, as I said, they are quite short. Even though the next one is twice as long it’s still not more than 179 pages.
Second, the series is very readable, although in a juvenile-book style. Things tend to be very black-and-white, and the hero has a 'deus ex machina' connection to the heir of the system monarch right from the get-go.
Third, the story line is essential a 'what if?' of the usual Horatio Hornblower series in space. The twist here is that the hero is a animaloid slave (rabbit body) freed for valor in the first book. The 'rabbit' body is a metaphor for skin color, but doesn't really make much sense. (His fur sheds, yet rabbits are used for all sorts of serving activities.) Luckily the author glosses over the details here, so the base Hornblower-type story is the main plotline.
I gave the series four stars, despite the weak implementation of the slave concept, mainly because the series is a good read.
Guesz is an author to watch.