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Space Prison Paperback – February 2, 2011
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The book does a great job of portraying the feelings of helplessness and despair the people feel in the beginning, and how that changes to acceptance and survival, and ultimately to confidence and mastery. The challenges are interesting and come from both the environment and from the people themselves. The challenges are varied enough that the book stays fresh throughout.
The beginning and especially the end almost feel like afterthoughts. This doesn't detract too much from the excellent middle part, but it's definitely jarring how quickly things get resolved in the end. You also definitely need to suspend your disbelief to an extent while you're reading, since some of the events are fairly incredible, e.g. the speed with which they adapt to the environment. In addition, because the story spans multiple generations, it makes it more difficult to identify with the characters.
Altogether though, none of these flaws ruins what was a very enjoyable read that left me wanting more.
Space Prison isn't "hard core" Sci-Fi. It's part adventure, part epic. It's a relatively quick read, the end is never really in any doubt, but it's also a "feel good" story. At the price...? Well, can't really complain about that, can we?
The book's climax had my heart pounding, and the ending was pleasantly satisfying, not a teaser. I'm now searching for more from this author. (It's also the first Kindle book in which I noticed not a single typo, which has always been a turnoff to me, albeit minor.)
This was probably THE most enjoyable read in the 6+ months I've owned a Kindle. I really wish someone would invest appropriately to produce a major motion picture out of this book.
Before I was capable of reading a book like this, I sat on my father's lap and he read the story to me, a few pages at a time before I went to bed. I think he probably simplified a few things, and avoided/replaced the big words, but I clearly remember the story.
I don't know what happened to our rather dog-eared copy of the book.
I remember my younger brother having it, then I think my sister's son had it.
The science is a little soft, it goes through characters pretty quickly by modern standards and it shows its age in places, but its still a classic that everyone should read.