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I felt like the plot line had too many logical offshoots for the author to deal with successfully without writing a much larger book(s), and as a result it became over simplified. For example, in order to resolve the main conflict the human ships did in fact turn traitor, gave material aid and support to the enemy, thwarted earth's attemp to re-take a colony world that had been litterally slaughtered tot the last child, and gave the enemy enough information to cause the likely defeat of earth. Why did they do this, and how did they do this without becoming the "bad guy" themselves? Well, because they trusted that the enemy ships were really OK guys and had everybody's best interest at heart. Oh, and they were upset that the govt lied to them.
Let me put it this way: if these cyborg ships existed in the Honor Harrington universe, they would've been drummed out as cowards and fools, and shot for treason.
But it didn't read all that badly, once I realized that I kinda had to stop thinking about stuff while I read. I do think this author is good and has potential, but he kept opening cans of worms and having to gloss over them, instead of getting down to the nitty gritty and sorting them out.
From the onset, the writing was fairly engaging and easy to follow. Characters and back story are introduced when needed, in a manner which does not overwhelm the reader. I'd consider this a good example of space opera, which I rather do enjoy: no real character development. In terms of action, it is more of a broad-scaled action, rather than the military sci-fi type using heavy tactics and strategy. The editing was fairly clean, mostly consisting of missing commas, whose absence can change the semantics of a sentence.
It was also a very unique way to tell a story and keep it human. It is a war story, people, characters briefly known, or known for a few chapaters, do die.
For once I didn't feel as if the author was trying to make a point of 'in war people die' that is good to convey, but not beat one's audience over the head with as a number of military scifi authors tend to do. This story avoids 'the character is detailed only to feel loss later when they die' syndrom.
Instead the author focuses on telling a story, where we get to know some of the characters, but the rest are part of the background, supporting cast, necessary bit parts and names for continuity sake. Mostly for me though, it was about being a spaceship, the story was just something to support and entertain while this concept was explored.
I did feel the ending was rushed, yet that could just be my desire for the story to have continued on instead of like any good story, coming to an end.
From a personal perspective, I think the author has improved greatly since Translight, the first book of his that I read. I did not skim nor did I feel tempted to skim at any point in this book. With that first one there was a tendency towards either too much information or I didn't connected with the characters involved in that particular portion of that story. This felt like a more focused and better paced composition. I certainly am now thinking maybe I'll give a few other books of his since Translight a try.
This one I loved, and I hope you will too, if only to dream of being a spaceship.
Reverting back to warlike ways, humanity is forced to take drastic measures to combat the threat of the cat=like Evendi: merging disembodied human brains into massively powerful warships. When Ships Mutiny is the story of one volunteer, a man called Cipher, who discovers hidden secrets of this merger program. He must navigate his loyalties to his comrades in arms, and also humanity. The result of these conflicting loyalties is mutiny.
Doug Farren weaves a fantastic story with a solid foundation in science, particularly physics and virtual reality. He uses the limits of science to both dictate the action in space, and visualize how entities, both similar and foreign, can communicate through vast distances. The author also comes up with an entertaining story with many surprising twists.
When Ships Mutiny by Doug Farren is highly recommended to science fiction fans age 15 and up.