- File Size: 2423 KB
- Print Length: 255 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0990327205
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: New Athenian (December 21, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 21, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RB0ZUV6
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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This book is about a team of astronauts with the mission of exploring a failed colony in the planet Keto.
The beginning of this novel was a mess. The author started with a flashback, which could have worked out if the first quarter of the book wasn’t a complete mess. In that flashback, there were characters introduced that the author never mentioned again, like Odis. After that first chapter, where I was already feeling lost, there was a list of characters (that weren’t mentioned in the flashback) and their jobs. The rest of the plot surrounded some of them but it is not like I was going to memorize who they were and what they did just from reading the list. The second chapter starts and I get even more confused than in the first. All the characters of the list are together, talking to each other. I try to memorize their names but the author just throws descriptions and backgrounds. If there were less characters, maybe I’d retain something but with a group like that, I didn’t even know those descriptions belonged to who.
This character confusion only passed about halfway through but, with all the flashbacks, I would just get confused again.
Now, the plot. The overall concept of the book had potential. The problem was that the author didn’t deliver. The book was full of action-filled flashbacks but then, the “present” was only two characters walking around. There was almost no plot there but, luckily, after the middle, it got better.
The ideas were there but I still had a lot of problems with this book.
From the weird pacing, the flashbacks and the complete mess the characters were, this book offers a lot of confusion.
Still, it wasn’t all bad.
The mystery in Keto was interesting and, once I got used to the characters, the book was mildly enjoyable.
I greatly enjoy science fiction. That being said I was somewhat disappointed by White Seed. It was difficult to retain interest during the first third of the novel. The story was too disjointed, and not enough plot details provided. I do not mind narratives that alternate between past and present, as long as they are well done and with a clear purpose. At the same time, the characters other than Kali were not fleshed out making it a challenge to care about the dangers they faced.
The second half of White Seed was a great improvement. The story flowed well, with the flashbacks having greater meaning. At that point I became more interested in the overall plot and the characters who became something other than names on the page.
As a first novel, White Seed has potential. On the whole, the plot was interesting and well thought out, even though it could have been better implemented.
I received a copy of White Seed from New Athenian and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
This book was provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Many of the scenes bring to mind the stark visuals of classics, such as C.J. Cherryh, 2001 A Space Odyssey, and even some nice David Weber. It also reminded me of The Face of the Waters by Robert Silverberg, a beautifully written book about which I am still ambivalent. About White Seed, I am not ambivalent, though. Marshall's universe is modern, with delightful futuristic tech concepts,and Marshall's writing shows his obvious love and respect for the genre. His characters are realistic, interesting people, and the female characters are (thankfully) not simply attractive, shallow bimbos. I look forward to the continuation of the series and the fascinating story lines. I would certainly suggest it to any fan of Science Fiction,and, especially, to those of us who love the genre written well.