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Tethered Worlds: Unwelcome Star Paperback – December 5, 2012
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What readers are saying about Tethered Worlds: Unwelcome Star:
"The best mix of Science and Spirit since The Force." --Tom Moore
"...a highly detailed world full of sentient AIs, advanced weapons and technology, political chicanery, and a host of new words and slang that demonstrates a tremendous skill at world-building." --The New Podler Review
"...one of the most fully imagined sci-fi worlds I have ever experienced outside of Frank Herbert's genre-defining "Dune" series." --K. Miller
"From the first chapter, this book will draw you into a well developed universe where science and mystic powers meet."--W. Dickerson
"...the outer world concepts are explained fully and in a way that the common reader can understand them." --S.A. Molteni
"A meticulous attention to world-building and world coherence. Natural interaction between characters. The harmonious juxtaposition of science fiction and fantasy elements." --R. Timberlake
"Curl up by imagination's fireplace. ...novel comes alive with epic space battles above and a battle-of-wits manhunt below..." --JoeDacy II (Author of Esquelle and the Tesla Protocol)
"Faccone's game design experience also really shines . . . through an incredibly intense virtual battle that nearly proves fatal for the combatants." --emscharf
"Faccone's characters are rich in detail and engaging. He has built a world that I could see as he described it." --M E Riddle
From the Author
The Tethered Worlds universe is wonderfully intricate with fantastic world-building. It's a character driven story you can relate to, and filled with enough action to keep the pages turning. Go on a far-flung adventure in Unwelcome Star!
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1) A meticulous attention to world-building and world coherence
2) Natural interaction between characters
3) Easily recognizable character and plot tropes that seldom feel forced or out of place
4) The harmonious juxtaposition of science fiction and fantasy elements
5) The dramatic and credible portrayal of a massive conflict on a pedestrian scale
In short, it was definitely space opera, but space opera that didn't ring any of the warning bells of cartoonish villains, one-dimensional characters, or over-the-top drama. Top it off with a compelling setting and a very well-developed lore, and the result is a book worth much more than the price of admission for fans of the genre.
Faccone doesn't disappoint. Serving up an epic space drama that is equal parts family drama and galactic war, he paints a struggle that is at once staggeringly vast and arrestingly intimate. Immersed in a vibrant and politically complex cosmos where the author has clearly spent no small number of hours and days, he shares a gripping creative vision that is as much Star Trek as it is Star Wars. And these fruitful sojourns into the universe of Tethered Worlds have produced a reflective, action-driven narrative that is both cerebral and viscerally engaging, supported by a deep moral undercurrent that flows steadily and confidently through the narrative without ever lunging toward the pulpit.
The plot revolves around Jordahk Wilkrest and his family and associates, and though Jordahk's coming-of-age arc is central to the story, Faccone does a nice job of dividing up the narrative between prominent characters on both sides of the conflict. As narratively multi-faceted as a Song of Ice and Fire it is not, but it's also nice not to have to worry (well, presumably) about Jordahk getting killed off at the beginning of the third book and the author spending the remaining chapters intensely fixated on an eminently less interesting and sympathetic sheepherder.
Unwelcome Star is Faccone's debut novel, and though in many ways that serves to render his voice all the more compelling, there are also some negatives to consider. If you look for errors you will find them - precious few and far between, but they are there. As mentioned earlier, I feel the book is most easily classified as space opera - meticulously and lushly painted, but space opera all the same. If you find yourself laughing snarkily at some of the more dramatic or character development-y moments in anime or JRPGs, you'll surely find yourself smiling sarcastically at times in Tethered Worlds. This is a very earnest book - something I consider to its credit, but not everyone will feel the same.
A corrupt government sharpens its knives beneath the ideological cloak of progress and liberty. Planetside opportunists eye their world's fraying social fabric hungrily. And a secret society hell-bent on reawakening the mystic powers of old hunts the Wilkrests with relentless patience and precision.
This book allowed me to day-dream about mysterious powers and made me think about what it would be like to live in this coalition of worlds. I really enjoyed reading this book and I can't wait to read more in the future.
I would get this if you are wanting to embark on a splendid adventure in a fleshed-out world that you'll get lost in.
This is a great read and you will be grateful that you discovered such a wonderful tale!
As an Applied Mathematician/Applied Physicist, I read carefully his usage of various laws of physics
to capture action in the story. I can tell you his integration of the physics into the story line was spot on.
No equations and you will not be bored. Great Read!
From the very start, the reader is pulled into the story of young Jordahk and his family, which plays out like a frontier family in the old west battling against a monumental galactic force. Faccone's writing is impeccable and his details of the outer world concepts are explained fully and in a way that the common reader can understand them. The action in the story is intense and continual, leaving the reader on the edge of their seat to see what happens next throughout the novel.
It is evident that the author is heavily influenced by Arthur C. Clarke, which is great, because Mr. Clarke is another one of my favorite authors. I whole-heartedly recommend this novel to anyone who loves a great science fiction story, as this is one of the best I have read in quite a long time.
Well done, Mr. Faccone!