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I thought it was unique an interesting but a bit confusing as well when the POV switched to 1st person as we got into Alex's head.
Hell the whole book was unique and interesting. This was nothing like I have ever read before and I loved it.
The writing was excellent, the characters extremely well developed. The plot unique and full bodied.
The pace was perfect, steady, I never skimmed. I read it in one day.
The only thing I hope for is a continuation, a part 7 (this version had all 6 parts combined into one book). I want more! I want to know what happens next!
Unfortunately I do not posses the skills to adequately summarize the book, so I will have to leave that up to more skilled reviewers. I can say that it is basically about humanity and their survival, which depends on transferring their consciousness to an AI body while their human bodies lay in stasis until the world is rebuilt, then they can if they wish transfer back to their human bodies and re populate the species. Before all this can happen they must defeat the antagoinst who is the one responsible for the destruction.
I hope this helps you decide if this book is for you.
I wil say that I personally do not give 5 stars easily, in fact I rarely do. This one deserved all five if not more. I would definately recommend and will read more by this author.
Safety-cursing, violence blood and gore.
That said, I can't give it 5 stars because let's face it, this isn't as good as a lot of the great sci-fi I've read in the past. That said, as a first book and one that is self-published at that, this is by far the best I've read in a long time. This book clearly had a good editor! The story is mostly done from the perspective of the protagonist. Lots of references to "you". It's an interesting ploy and one that works well- especially in the first few chapters as who you are is revealed through the story.
That said, the other characters are a bit shallow and while I had no problem seeing the world of Zero Hour in my mind's eye, it is not a big or very deep world. But that's ok, because what this is more of a longer short story or novelette then a full novel. The story is full of tight dialog, so don't expect flowery Shakespeare.
Honestly the first 1/4 to 1/3 is IMHO far the best of the book. That's not to say the later chapters are bad, but he trades off going deep with a few characters and instead pulls in a bunch of poorly developed characters later on that I just didn't connect with. They're not bad characters, just single dimensional. Also, and this is key- the bad guy in the book needs to be more fully flushed out. Nobody would say James Bond villains are well developed, but at least they have a reason (usually money) for their evil- in this case we just have that he's a bad guy because he's bad. Kinda weak.
So yeah, it's not Hyperion, Dune, Wool, The Martian Chronicles or Old Man's War. So no 5 stars. But for all it's flaws, it does execute the author's vision quite well I think so I'm going to give it 4. Another 100 pages might of flushed things out and made it 5 stars or might of turned it into a bloated pig worthy only 2 or 3.