- File Size: 3701 KB
- Print Length: 421 pages
- Publisher: S.D. Books; 1 edition (January 25, 2019)
- Publication Date: January 25, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07N4L4FL5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,421,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
War and Money: Book One Kindle Edition
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Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 4
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
Plot and Story Appeal: 5
Character Appeal and Development: 5
Voice and Writing Style: 5
I love this book! I was hooked from the start. I felt sorry for Dax but cheered as she triumphed over disparaging treatment and grim situations. Her growth from the daughter of a poor family living in the outlier of Jewel to the hero of the story was captivating. While I despised Tablon, I was happy to forgive his abusive behavior in the end when he redeemed himself.
The book contains smooth action and compelling suspense and tension, especially in the lift scene where Viga and Dax sneak around in places they shouldn't be. Thrilling twists include Tablon's announcement that the Piltrak war is starting early and Dax's alien weapon turning out to be a translator. And the sentence, "Everything I'm doing is illegal, you blackhole," made me laugh out loud.
There are only a few issues I noted, including a couple of sentences regarding Dax's definition of what it means to be a soldier. When she says, "Soldiers don't feel guilt," I wasn't sure of her intent behind that statement. It seemed to be her way of proving to herself that she wasn't meant to be a soldier. Later, though, when she lists her kills and says, "Maybe I'm a soldier after all," that felt like a contradiction to her previous conclusion. Because, even though she'd killed these people, it seemed she still felt guilt at this point. A handful of typos and page numbers on blank pages were the only other minor problems.
This book contains noteworthy symbolism, such as in the training session when Dax (Orwan) tricks her mind into believing the holograms are real--a nice fit in a context where the leaders are deceiving the people. What is real and what isn't in this world? An engaging story that stimulates thought. I love it!
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The story moves along at a brisk pace. I even stayed up late to find out what happens, even though I don’t generally like battle sequences and this story has a few of them. Dax is an extremely likable narrator. But it’s a bit surprising that she doesn’t seem to be able to convince her squad mates that there’s more to the wars than meets the eye until one of them overhears more than she should.
Unfortunately, there are some typos scattered throughout the text. There are also some people in Dax’s squad who never make more than a token appearance, which seems odd considering that the other characters generally present a clear picture. Readers should additionally be aware that there’s a disturbing scene in the beginning of the book where the kid in question is attacked by one of her superiors.
But overall, it’s a pretty good story.
So in that sense, the novel is unique through it's casting of a female protagonist, and it's use of first-person narration (not common in the genre...either you love it or you get used to it). If either of those things appeal to (or both) you're in for a book that hovers reasonably within the boundaries of the pure outer-space genre, but stylistically pushes the envelope in comfortable ways.
I tend to read more fantasy than sci-fi, but occasionally I like to pick out a book with a fun cover and see what's inside.
Sofia Diana Gabel did not disappoint, and I'm sure the other books in the series will be good.
One trait of the sci-fi genre that turns people away is the jargon that's unique to each author's world-building, but this book was comfortably devoid of jargon-stuffing (other than the perhaps unique names of characters) which I prefer and enjoy.
The premise – continual war for the profit of the few - has a decided point of view analogous to current events.
As with most YA novels, the main character, Dax, is a young person facing serious challenges, self doubt, and bullies, who through constant introspection, and her own abilities beats overwhelming odds to come into her own person.
While the ending is rather unsatisfying; it does perfectly set up for the second installment.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.