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This came up as a recommendation on my feed and as I had a credit thought I'd give it a shot. Freebie, right?
I'm not sure - is this supposed to be a kids or teen book? It's too simplistic for a serious adults science fiction book. Too much is left unexplained, or glossed over never to be mentioned again, and too many obvious issues are not picked up by the two presumably brightest cadets in the fleet. Doesn't say much for the rest of the academy, does it?
The story itself can be pieced together by the reader, despite the book trying to keep you in the dark - so you order the next book in the series, I guess, and in its own simple way it's pretty good. Pacing is fine, and the level of tension is maintained well by a consistently good reading from Martin
Character development is good, with Zax and Kalare showing a growing bond, despite events trying to pit them constantly against each other, but character history and back story is practically non-existent, with the exception of a couple of bits thrown in about Zax himself, and Kalare's airlock experience.
Given that this was a free book I'm happy with it, but if I'd paid for it, I'd be disappointed. As it is, I'll probably get the next book out of mild curiosity rather than a burning desire to find out what happens.
not really sure about this one ...maybe bk2 will shine a light on this offering
It led you to the cliff and nothing. Disappointed. One more chapter and it would have been worthwhile.
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What would have made Landfall better?
While I enjoyed some of the scifi concepts, the one-dimensional storytelling falls way short of expectations. The Ship series should be one book, rather than 4. I feel left wanting.
What could Jerry Aubin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
There isn't a lot of modulation in his voice. The reading feels monotone and one can feel his lack of excitement about the story.
What about Eric Martin’s performance did you like?
Some of the snides were believable.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Some of the scifi concepts could lend themselves to a great story, if it were written by a writer that knows how to engage a reader.
Any additional comments?
I feel left wanting. I also feel ripped off, having to pay for 4 books that should have been one. Is high-tea not paying their people anymore so they have to gauge their readers?