- File Size: 1480 KB
- Print Length: 313 pages
- Publisher: Kindle Press (January 31, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 31, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MQWZ6YA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,203 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There were a good number of surprises, along with some in-jokes. One about a pigeon may leave you staring at the story with a slightly baffle expression on your face!
The book is primarily science fiction, with some romance and mystery elements. There's heroism, bad luck, combat and mysteries, so there's something for everyone to enjoy.
I would love to detail more of the book, but I decided to keep it vague to ensure the surprises aren't ruined.
I highly recommend this story and I can't wait for the next book!
Though first of an intended series, the book tells a complete story, with a satisfying and logical ending. There is minimal violence and very good plot and character development. It is difficult to believe that this is the author's first book, as the writing is thoroughly professional in every way. Highly recommended.
Then, there's the story itself. Transmuted is tons of fun to read. It reminded me of the Firefly TV series, with a main character that is... well, kind of a screw-up. Drew is the space station's security chief, and he gets a lot of things wrong. But the poor guy has his hands full with a mysterious heiress who just shows up and takes control, an explosion on-board and colleagues surrounding him that he can't trust.
I can see this series developing into the kind of sci-fi that I like to read: accurate science, cool technology, realistic aliens and an enjoyable protagonist. Even if new characters come into the series, based on what we've seen in book one, I'm sure they'll each be entertaining in their own way. Good characters generally make for a good story.
One day, there’s a massive explosion inside one of the docking bays. Drew and his team are on it, but there are dozens of questions, the most important of which is who planted the bomb and why. At the same time, Drew meets a wayward vagrant who happens to be an attractive young lady in disguise. She claims to be Letty, the daughter of a very important person in the intergalactic community who owns the company that basically built the systems the universe uses across its outposts as well as the security teams that run them. Letty tells Drew she was sent her to Dark Landing because Drew was the only person her father said she could trust. Unable to reciprocate that trust, he locks her up until he discovers some news that requires her help in sorting out.
The relationship between Letty and Drew is strong from their first meeting to the last page. Robin sets up a brother/sister relationship that stems on incest but clearly isn’t, as their is a soft spark regardless of how both ignore and/or refuse to acknowledge it. I think Robin may go on a little too much and harp on a little too often, though, about how Drew finds Letty obsessively attractive. After the first ten times, it’s like, all right, we get it; he’s infatuated with her. At the same time, this bombardment of fixation shows just how invested he is in her and plays well toward the end of the book, even when it starts to speed up a little too much and begins to spray the book with ex machina after ex machina to wrap things up.
It comes after Drew and Letty figure out what’s happening, and have basically solved the mystery, one which I did find pretty compelling, yet not complete… it’s as if Robin sort of gave up on her own mystery in order to keep the book from getting too long. She sets up several things three quarters of the way through that are never developed the way they could have been, and by the end, these developments sort of just dissolve away due to reasons that come off a little too easy and superficial. T the same time, the speed of the the last few chapters kept me from getting super involved, wherein the emotions that should have been brought out in us as readers are subdued because the stakes don’t seem as high as they should.
However, because of the interactions of the characters and the way Robin has developed them throughout the book, this quickened pace can be in a way forgiven. I like how each of the relationships grows and evolves, bridging the events with the heart of the book, which is the mystery. Robin does a good job at pacing the reveal of the answers, sprinkling them about at just the right times and just the right moments to keep us interested in the mystery itself and what’s happening and why. Because of this, the book moves at a pretty quick clip and does exactly what science fiction should do— make you forget that hooker monks, nanobots, wormholes and lifeless alien armada’s are at the core of a mystery surrounded by plenty of fun, intense action.
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