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This is a great original scifi story with a well-thought-out universe. During the course of the book, the travelers find themselves visiting different worlds and encountering strange new beings. There was never a moment where I suspected any race was copied from other scifi (such as Romulans, Klingons). Everyone seemed to be original and fresh, and I truly appreciated that in this story.
I was immediately drawn in by the vivid descriptions at the beginning of the story. The author has a knack for fully immersing a reader into the hero’s plight, and I felt like I was hurtling through corridors of light alongside Zahn. There is some techno jargon that I had to just accept and move past, as I’m not a student of physics. Just like with Star Trek, I accept these moments and move on. It does not get bogged down by this language, and I felt it added nicely to the scifi effect.
Zahn is your typical young guy who desperately wants to help. He was a little easily convinced to travel alongside an unkown alien, just as one might expect from a headstrong young man. His father made more sense in his worry and questioning, but he was unable to make his son see reason. I felt both characters were very realistic in this sense. My only complaint is that Zahn had to be attracted to the female Asha once she comes aboard ship. Can’t a male and female work together without falling in love? I get tired of the same old thing happening between major characters.
Oonak had to be my favorite character. His first appearance was almost comical and brought a smile to my face. Though he doesn’t quote logic, his mannerisms and way of speaking reminded me of a Vulcan. That’s probably why I liked him so much, but he is an original and not a copy of Spock. I also enjoyed that he drove his sentient ship through the power of his mind.
All in all, this is a great scifi adventure story. It has new worlds to explore, and it does not feel in any way that it copies from other major scifi franchises (Star Trek, Star Wars). This story is new and exciting and I enjoyed the escape from my own world while reading it.
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
This book embodied the wonder of space and yet inspired a connectedness to the cosmos that all of us should feel. After all, we are all made of star dust. "The Truth Beyond the Sky" is aptly named. Aren't we all searching for the truth of what's out there? Whether it be a personal truth or a truth of origin?
My heart went out to Zahn. I couldn't imagine the terror a small child must feel whilst watching his beloved mother lifted away and disappear. The hole that type of uncertainty can leave is undeniable. The character development was so well done with Zahn. Honestly, it was well done with all the characters.
The descriptions of space travel and the different planets was mesmerizing! I found myself able to make clear images of these places in my head. It was fascinating. Space is such a place of wonder for me already. I wish I could jump on a ship and see what's out there for myself.
Some elements I really enjoyed were the descriptions of the different technologies. Especially Navika ( the ship ). I really liked that the ship had it's own awareness and was alive. It brought a very interesting aspect to the story. Especially since our tech is becoming more and more a part of our lives. It brings an interesting side to the AI moral debate. After all, is something a machine or a person at that point?
I have found with Sci-fi novels it can go one of two ways. They are either amazing or horrible. This book had all the elements you need for it to be successful. It had just enough explanation of the tech that it felt believable instead of ridiculously impossible. It brought in actual aspects of science and used them in believable and possible ways. Who hasn't wondered about wormholes? The characters were humanoid and therefore relatable. At the same time, there are creature descriptions that are not humanoid but are so well done they ignite curiosity.