- File Size: 1103 KB
- Print Length: 124 pages
- Publication Date: November 28, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006O1C3CW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,195,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
'59 ('59 The epic science fiction adventure to discover the fate of the 1st mission to the stars.) Kindle Edition
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Janine is the daughter of Donald Lewis, Captain of the Valiant, and the Mission Commander. She is bright, opinionated, and loyal to her beloved father. She also is exceedingly angry with her brother, Sean. This vitriol seems sometimes to overpower her common sense. So far, I am having difficulty warming up to her. I hope the rift with her sibling is better explained from her perspective in a future installment because from the information I currently have, Sean performed admirably and with spectacular courage. It sure seems to me, at this point, that Janine's rancor is unjustified. One thing for sure, I am curious to see how this story plays out. Lucky for me, '59 Part 2 - Valiant is also available, and is a full-length novel with over 5000 kindle locations. I have Prime and was able to borrow it from the Kindle Lending Library.
by Anthony Sunderland
Reviewed by J Bryden Lloyd
Writing Style – 3.5/5.0 (Good)
As series intros go, this isn’t bad at all. There is a fairly reasonable flow to the writing, though the dialogue doesn’t always demonstrate the familiarity that should exist between certain characters.
I liked the structure and the approach to the technical aspects of the story, but felt there were odd occasions where things were dragging on a little in the scene-building.
I will address the editing later in the review, but I did feel that there were several areas where the style felt a little rushed and this led to minor issues with mis-spellings, missing words and enough loss of structure to be noticeable.
Very readable and enjoyable though.
Character Development – 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
I liked the characters on offer and found I could relate sufficiently with the central group. Beyond this there were few who were memorable, though the author did try to embellish them a little with some additional background in the descriptive.
As the plots progress, I liked the way each different character came into focus in a different way. This is rarely something authors consciously attempt, as we like our central characters to dominate the key scenes, but whether intended or not, this worked nicely and demonstrated some extra facets to each of the central group.
Although the majority of the character descriptive is good, I felt that several of the secondary characters were left a little too flat, with no endearing qualities and very little to pull the reader to them. In fairness that is not always a bad thing, but when these characters then became important in some way (however briefly) there was no real desire, as a reader, to be concerned about the possible outcome for them.
Descriptive – 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
The realism of the imagery is excellent, though occasionally the level of descriptive is a little up-and-down.
As I mentioned previously, there were elements of the scene-building was just a little bit too much, but equally there were a good number of examples where the descriptive truly flourished and drew me into the surroundings.
There were a few occasions where the descriptive needed to be supported through the dialogue, but these were minor scenes and for the sake of a little tightening up, I didn’t feel the need for wholesale rewriting.
Language & Grammar – 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
It is hard to tell if this was properly line-edited. It occasionally gives the feel of a work which has undergone several changes and not really been allowed to settle.
In any event, there were several minor spelling and word issues, which an editor should have picked up, but these did not damage the feel of the book.
Beyond that, everything was very solid and of a pretty high standard. I found most of the word selection and usage to be excellent and the use of language in dialogue seemed to work well for the most part.
Plot – 4.0/5.0 (Very Good) – NO SPOILERS
The really nice thing about this is that the plot is built AROUND the central story, rather than following the central story.
The upshot of this is that the characters you set your mind to follow, and the plotline you expect to be delivered, suddenly become secondary.
This is a refreshing view of sci-fi writing, and yes, initially I was a little disappointed at the direction the story seemed to be taking. I think it was curiosity more than anything else that pushed me onward and I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed.
There are some plot issues, especially with regards to the technology on the given timeline, but these (for the most part) are easily forgivable.
General – 3.5/5.0 (Good)
First off, the cover art is stunning and easily responsible for drawing me to the work in the first place.
I did like the characters and the story, but thought the strength of the writing could have been better… Having said that, if I look back at my own early stuff I often want to bin it and start again.
The story concept is excellent and although the execution is occasionally stilted, it’s pretty easy to follow and enjoy.
All in all, this has the potential to be very good as a series, depending on where the author takes the characters. Part two looms before me and I am hoping for good things.
Just into the realms of 4 Stars, but that feels about right.
I don't know the age range that this series is aimed at but I would think in the children/young adult range. There is lots of potential with the story being made up of two distinct parts, I found myself wondering where I was some of the time I think that I would have preferred a single thread concentrating on the space exploration although there is a good reason for the two threads. While I liked the story and the ideas some of the formatting gave the feel of stage direction and script. As expected the first in a series ended with a cliff hanger, this may be a great success if it develops a cult following but I do not think that there is enough in the first of the series to encourage me to read the rest.
The premise is interesting but the story is very short. It is basically a set-up the for the series. Lots of points are introduced but not developed. There is no resolution. It was difficult to really get invested in the story and characters. I also noticed that the tense shifts between past and present for no apparent reason, which I found distracting.
This was a quick read and interesting enough for me to want to read the next book to find out where it goes. If you are a fan of sci-fi space stories, I recommend it, but prepare to keep reading because this one does not stand alone.
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.