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- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (April 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J90F59I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,314,700 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a pretty good read in the Boys' Own Adventure school of novel (although there are important women in it as well). It's pretty much 100% adventure plot. There's a bit of mystery surrounding the Exile... but not much for anyone who knew they were reading sf.
The world is pretty interesting. It's a cloud-covered world like Venus, and one in which one hemisphere is always facing the sun, and the other always dark. I'm not sure if the science behind it is plausible; I'd think that the hot side would be much hotter, and the cold side much colder- but there is an atmosphere, so it's plausible enough if one doesn't think about it too hard.
The motivations of the Exile and his people also seem a bit weak. They're going around to other planets, at great expense, to... collect weather data? Why?
While the characterization is pretty consistent, it's also pretty one-note. There's no bothering with that pesky growth stuff! But then, who'd have time when the plot is so eventful?
So- in my opinion it's OK, and probably more fun for people who like adventure tales. For myself, I prefer more thoughtfulness, like character intricacy and growth, a well-thought-out world that is more grounded in the science, etc. This could have been such a novel... but it's not.
Both the prose style and the story are delightful. Picture "Around the World in Eighty Days" set on a planet that does not rotate; hence the different peoples and creatures that inhabit it have all evolved and adapted to their environments in unique and fascinating ways. The world through which the Captain, the Warden, and the Exile journey is familiar enough to be imagined vividly by the reader, but different enough to be thought provoking. The Exile's origins are intriguing, and the Captain is an admirably strong female lead character. Her culture is one where gender equality is the norm (imagine!), where men and women can be good friends without being lovers, and where animals - especially a wonderful dog named Broz - play vital and respected roles.
I like this book so much I bought my son (a History and English teacher) a copy, and he loved it, too!
I might say that Engh's dialogue is wooden, but I don't want to insult wood. The writing is just awful most of the time, with the characters simply pouring forththeir emotions and thought processes. It doesn't ever sound the slightest bit like real dialogue. Avoid this one, folks, cause there's nothing to see here.