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- Print Length: 316 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0990594025
- Publisher: S.H. Jucha; 1 edition (February 7, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 7, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TCV621O
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,963 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a fascinating premise - one group of settlers, far from earth, runs into cousins who are much more technically advanced, and who warn of aliens.
... and yet, the characters are totally one-dimensional & don't seem to have any real depth. Furthermore, all crises are instantly dealt with, without any trouble (or even real effort) on the part of the main characters.
--> the initial dangerous move to catch up with the 'cousin' ship goes without a hitch, and nothing scary happens.
--> the current leader of the 'cousins' instantly recognizes our hero's superiority in all things and nominates him as their honorary captain
--> a bad politician comes aboard the ship, and is quickly handled & bundled off by the team. Doesn't cause any further issues.
--> ... they're in a mildly tight spot, and the author suddenly tells the reader not to worry, the hero is lucky and everything always works out for him (and then it does)
... read this and the next book for the sake of the concept, but it was kinda like attending an interesting museum with a boring date - the scenery is interesting, but the conversation leaves a lot to be desired
This is supposed to be a science fiction book, but there is way too much technobabble in here. Don't get me wrong, I liked Ender's Game, Stargate SG-1, and other books that have well-developed aliens, or some amount of science, but the science in here was boring. For example, at location 63, "...would pass him by with a delta-V of nearly 3 KM/sec." That's fine if the author wants to put some science in the writing, but tell us when it's relevant or in a humorous way, not give us technobabble every page just to remind us this is science fiction. This is science fiction, not AP Physics.
The author throws pages and pages of backstory at us early on in the book. At location 63, "he wasn't ready to die, not at twenty-eight years old, the youngest captain in New Terra's short, eighty-three year history of space exploration." At location 142, "He wasn't any taller than most of his people at 1.8 meters. But his 146 kilogram frame of heavy muscle, courtesy of a 1.12 gravity world..." Reading so much exposition about characters, their stories, and their descriptions just caused me to space out, and I couldn't enjoy this book.
What's even more confusing with the backstory, is the narrator keeps switching to different moments within the backstory, and the writing style makes it hard to understand what the author is talking about.
Remember, I really like technobabble when it's done right. I like it when it's drip-fed to me when necessary. Don't tell me all the science in the first chapter. Tell me a little here and there, but don't keep taking me out of the action by going all over the place in the backstory until we don't even know what the story is about anymore.
Alex Racine is a loner, piloting an ice freighter out in space around his home world New Terra. He is the descendant of colonists who left Earth. He discovers a derelict ship, enters it against his better judgment, and finds the AI is still operational and a small group of survivors. They are Meridiens, a human civilization that is descended from another colonial ship that left Earth. Alex helps them repair their ship, learning that they were attacked by an alien silver ship, which is a threat to both worlds.
Silver Ships is a decent novel overall, but there was no part of it that was great or unique. There are plenty of details on physics, trajectories, ship design, weaponry, AI, nanites, and other common sci-fi ideas and technologies. Alex is a likable enough character, as are the Meridians although they have a childish naivety that is hard to buy. The AI of the ship, named Julien, is an interesting character who doesn't seem to be an AI at all but a species that happens to be a giant ship.
As the novel progresses, it isn't really about titular silver ships. It could be called the "everyone loves Alex" show. Every single character loves, admires, and is faithfully loyal to Alex, from the Meridiens to the New Terrans. Everyone from the military up to the President of his own country defer to him. Then there are the Meridiens, blessed with a nanite- technology that keeps them eternally young and beautiful, while also having light, elven bodies that Alex and many New Terrans find incredibly attractive. The female Meridiens seem to adore Alex, of course, waiting for an opportunity to express it.
In short, there is a male fantasy with no real conflict or tension AT ALL.
A loner gets to save a ship full of hot babes, becomes a celebrity, and insanely rich. The leader of the Meridien survivors, Renee, is of course an intelligent, attractive young woman who is ready to defer to Alex in every way, constantly expressing her adoration and gratitude for him.
The ending is exciting but difficult to follow. The author does not do action that well. I was hoping the conclusion would save the novel but it doesn't. The beginning and ends are relatively exciting but the middle is long and dull. For young male sci-fi readers, it is enjoyable. For everyone else, it is a yawner.
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The storyline is distinctive, with enough of a novel approaches to the deadly alien race, so that the storyline is not another copy of the usual human verses nasty aliens plot.
Like other reviewers, there are some flaws in the construction, the pace, and the characterisation. At times, they do grate on the nerves a bit (the way of writing non-verbal communications particularly got old very quickly). Some of the characters are a bit too good to be true, but then even Star Trek Next generations is based on humans that are a bit more "evolved" and good, so it's not the biggest issue in the story.
Like many of new authors of science fiction, I have recently read, they have good stories, but their writing craft tends to not be as polished as some of the more established writers.
However, flaws aside, the price of the Kindel copies makes this series great value for money. Definately worth a read. Don't miss out.
Unfortunately the human side wasn't as strong. The characters are mostly likeable. A bit more depth would have been appreciated to better contrast their origins, and to develop their personalities. However their interactions lack the richness of the technical side. More than that their behaviour is almost always too convenient. There's little personal conflict, and they all seem happy to accept a stranger as their leader with little build up.
This is also reflected in the pacing, and the detail. The science, engineering and space are vividly detailed, but the human interactions zip by without real reflection. It also suffers from the faceless enemy problem. The encounter retains its mystery, although you do learn a taste of what is to come. I'm not quite sure if it's enough to entice me on to the next book in the series.
However, it's not great writing. The characters are one dimensional and the outcomes are almost universally favourable to the main characters. Some of the interactions of the characters is cringe worthy and best skipped over.
I gave this series a fair chance reading up to book 3, but the style remained simplistic and one dimensional. Try Robert Sawyer, C J Sansom or Peter Hamilton for better depth, or even Ryk Brown for better characters.
But then a major plot device turns up, and everything devolves into the sci-fi trope where science =magic. Also everything goes unrealistically smoothly for two cultures meeting for the first time; this made me lose the sense that this world was inhabited by real people.
All that said, I enjoyed my time here. It's basically star trek in terms of depth and thought, which is good escapism.
I’m getting so bored with the same old macho pseudo military sc- fi stuff.
I’ll not go into the plot other than to say I enjoyed Silver Ships very much and am looking forward to reading next one.
In terms of being nice; yes it is, and I think it should be absolutely applauded for that.
I suppose that the plot suffers from excessive sweetness too. Everything seems to go according to plan and every potential difficulty is miraculously solved with the minimum of strife.
I will buy and read the next book just to see if anything can actually go awry in this particular universe.
This popped up in my news feed one day and initially was planning to ignore it but the tag line grabbed me and I downloaded it on a spur of the moment whim.
So glad I did as after finishing I had to purchase the second book in the series as it had me hooked.
Well paced and the relationship between Alex and Jullien is well written.
Has the making of amazing trilogy, and looking forward to the third instalment
Dave Warren Uk
And everyone in the book is just so damn NICE and PERFECT it's almost sickening!! I'm actually hoping something bad would happen just for a bit of a change.