The Truth Beyond the Sky (The Epic of Aravinda Book 1) Paperback – March 20, 2013
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- Publisher : Aravinda Publishing; 1st edition (March 20, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 319 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0615703917
- ISBN-13 : 978-0615703916
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
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Now, why didn't I like this? First, I imagined I was buying a science fiction book, not a child's version of Master's of the Far East. Spirit guides, deep spiritual meanings to everything. Metaphors for life and "the light" yadayadayada.
All those things would still be okay if the story and the writing were good. The story is very simplistic. The author spends more time describing every little thing and overuses the words "light" and "rainbow". When he does introduce a decent vocabulary word, it's as though he just learned the word himself and wants to try using it.
The descriptions were so continual with no action that my eyes glazed over many times just trying to wait until something would happen. The characters are cheesy at best, the dialogue is stilted and I often wondered if the characters were actually robots or cyborgs. One of them actually did turn out to be mechanical at one point! But she didn't talk any differently than the human beings. Data on Star Trek Next Generation spoke with more inflection.
This could be a child's book I suppose, but I'd hate to recommend it to children. It would turn them off from reading real science fiction. The more I write, the more I'm tempted to change my 2 star rating to a 1 star. But I'm feeling magnanimous. Don't buy this book. Even for free it's not worth your time!
For parents, some language (used 3 times), and some violence. Above mediocre reading, but found it not so engaging despite how better this book is compared to hundreds unknown authors. Sadly, I wasn't sure whether I would continue in the series. The best part, this book leaves enough unanswered to satisfy the reader. Not an awful ending, but left me doubting whether I care for this style of writing.
More written for youth. For me, it was missing the wow factor to remain engaged. It was fascinating & slow for first half, but strange at times trying to understand descriptions of shafts. Had this book on audio for most of it, but seemed to lack some clarity.
Some readers will really enjoy it for the action/adventure. Others will enjoy the chance to see that it is not good enough to continue further, but be glad to see if this works out for them with little risk.
I believe this book is targeted to slightly younger than me science fiction fans, so it skips over detailed descriptions of exactly how the technology works, which I appreciate. Although some people will likely argue that the way that is done is a copout, I liked it and felt that it made perfect sense for the story, and it kept the story from feeling bogged down by descriptions that would likely have bored me to tears.
I felt like the story moved along at a fairly fast pace, but it didn't feel unrealistically fast if that makes any sense. There was quite a bit of action, but a fair amount of "down" time too, so it didn't feel like the characters were just being bombarded with one thing after another. I guess I could say it was well balanced.
Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and the narration 7 out of 5 stars because it was that good. I definitely recommend this book to sci-fi fans and if you have any interest in audiobooks at all, spring for the audio. You won't regret it.
I only gave it 4 stars because (1) as others have said, Zahn is unable to get many questions answered about the new tech he is encountering and using, and (2) even though I like that it was Not a "blood and guts" war-like story, things for the most part happened almost too easily. Only toward the end of the book do things gets a bit harrowing, but "extra help" saves the day.
I really do appreciate how polished this story is. I've read too many lately that not just had a lot of spelling errors, but poor grammar as well.
I am ready for a continuance. Thank you, Andrew M. Crusoe.
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