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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 44 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Rampant Loon Media LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: July 28, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01J63KVOG
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Next, this is YA science fiction. It probably wasn't written that way but at the end of the day, it is. That said, Beth Revis pulled this concept off way better in her Across the Universe series.
The good news is that I did like the book. It's perfect for an afternoon read. It's fast, a couple laughs, and doesn't involve too much thought on behalf of the reader. Overall the author writes well and manages to pull it all together in a satisfactory ending.
If I could say anything to the author it would be to add 75 pages and build this world! We get tastes and hints of the world inside and outside the ship. I would like to know more! I think many opportunities were missed in that regard. I would have loved to know more about the social structures and interactions within the villages.
Hard to imagine how all those elements can come together into an elegant and focused science fiction story, but in a little over 200 pages, it does. Furthermore, it feels fresh and exciting even while it rings all those well-known bells. I enjoyed it from word one, and closed the book on the ending thinking, "I wish there was a promise of a sequel."
Unfortunately, that might be the only trope missing from the novel: "The End... Or Is It?"
Captain Nancy Martin of Terran Federation Navy expected a lonely death after her starfighter was crippled in a battle with Fringer and her air had run out. She woke in in a giant hangar and escaped when attacked by Fringers. She found herself accosted by friendly natives, and realized she's on a Generation Ship... The legendary "Ark Two", the generation ship that had escaped Earth, only never to be seen again, thousand years ago, and these natives were descendants of the crew, who knew nothing except the ship. And Nancy was mistaken for the mythical captain, leader of all onboard! But soon Nancy found that the ship AI, that controls the robots and much of the ship equipment, had gone insane long time ago... the AI will spare no effort to destroy Nancy... the counterfeit captain.
Nancy Martin had to befriend "natives", battle homicidal robots, AI with eyes and ears everywhere, willing to bargain with Fringers, and save a lot of the children... if possible. There's just a bare hint of romance, but there is no HEA in this novel.