Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue: The Bern Saga, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
It wasn't easy for Molly being the only girl in Flight Academy, but getting expelled was even worse. Abandoned by her family when she was young and now tossed from the only home she's ever known, her future looks bleak.
But then Molly hears that her father's old starship has turned up halfway across the galaxy. Setting off to retrieve the old craft, she hopes it will hold clues to his disappearance. Accompanying her as a chaperone is Cole, her old flight partner from the Academy.
Molly can't believe it. She's now the proud owner of her own starship. Her spring break is going to be spent traveling across the galaxy with a cute boy. Could things possibly get any better?
Little does Molly know, they are about to get much, much worse....
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 42 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 30, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #172,029 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,891 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,071 in Fantasy for Teens
#3,430 in Adventure Science Fiction
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It takes a fairly riveting book to keep me up past bedtime. That Molly Fyde did so is not that hard to understand when looking at the whole. Everyone loves those stories where the female protagonist is strong willed well balanced and determined. I think in this case the strong willed is the only thing that stands out in the opening scenes.
The story starts with Molly on a flight as navigator to Cole Mendonca on a mission for the (space) Navy. The first interesting phase of this story is a revelation of the possibility the crew is out so long on duty that members are allowed to sleep at the helm. Molly- an orphan- is having a dream about her parents leaving her. Cole wakes her up to have her check out some readings from their system update logs. Molly tries to shrug it off but Cole, who seems to be a paranoid conspiracy type, thinks something is up.
Now, some background: Molly is one of few if any female's who have registered with the navy to train at the academy to be a pilot and her skill are up there with the rest but for some reason this world took a huge backward step and is not very gender friendly in the military. So, Molly is navigating when she should be piloting.(At least that's the impression Molly gives us.)
While they discuss the discrepancy they also discover that the enemy force they are going up against is far greater than they expect. Molly shows her strength by issuing recommendation for their assault that turn out to be quite sound. No one takes her serious so only her team begin that maneuver. But, someone has sabotaged their armament and nothing will deploy properly. All of this reinforces Cole's misgivings over the update.
At the onset of the battle Cole is out and unable to help her and she has to take control; while the rest of her team is taken out. The other flights out there will be overwhelmed so Molly begins to do what she does best. Thinking outside the box. Knowing that what she's doing is suicide the reader get to see the side of Molly Fyde that might result in her own undoing. In a brave act she avoids the enemy long enough to turn their own weapons upon them causing some damage, though it in no way will save the rest.
She somehow survives this and you will have to read to find out.
The important thing here is that whatever sabotage happened to her ship- has not been recorded so everything she did makes her look like an incompetent loose cannon and forces her to be relieved of duty. Her uncle-an admiral-who has supported her through all of this can do nothing to help.
Molly opts to go to normal school to finish her education, which looks as though she's admitting complete defeat.
So we have Molly Fyde the strong willed not so balanced -out of the box loose cannon- who all of a sudden seems less than determined. Perhaps it's that she realizes she can't fight the system, maybe it's because she doesn't want to.
Though she has a severe failing in lack of determination. Molly in some ways reminds me of Honor Harrington, David Weber's character. Then in other ways she reminds me of Ky Vatta, Elizabeth Moons character in the Vatta's War.
In fact a lot of the beginning is like the Vatta stories.
Molly seems to be missing the drive that makes those other characters and it's difficult to determine, in this story, whether that's considered a critical weakness. It certainly might be a contributing factor towards her getting into so much trouble.
When her uncle, the admiral, comes to her with the revelation that her father's ship, which was lost, has been located she jumps at the chance to volunteer to pilot it back. Her uncle attempts to dissuade her but not much. At this point as a reader I was already a bit suspicious of this. Next her old friend and secret love Cole is enlisted to help. Add to that the whole affair becomes shrouded in mystery when they have to do all of the trip to the ship in secrecy. Cole is already suspicious and when the contact they are to meet in this backwater pirate planet is acting strangely and things begin to unravel the paranoia sinks its teeth in hard.
The ships name is Parsona -as is Molly's mother's name. It's her heirloom and in order for her to claim it she's going to have to think way out of the box and she and Cole will become fugitives running from the Navy that sent them there.
This book is one misadventure after another and the only thing the reader can be sure of is that each time the crew of Parsona go into a situation they think is going to be fine- it's not.
Pretty soon Molly picks up the most unlikely crew of dangerous misfits for her ship. All things considered the most passive yet dangerous is Molly who is in charge most of the time. The only thing standing between her and fate is the dangerous allies she's collecting.
Quickly we discover nothing that Molly trusts can truly be trusted and it all has something to do with the ship Parsona. Will Molly be able to stay alive to get all the answers?
You will have to read to find out.
Not everything is answered, but the ending is quite satisfactory for the beginning of a series.
Anyone who loves those tactical space novels of Elizabeth Moon and David Weber should love Molly Fyde. Lovers of Science Fiction and Fantasy should love the story.
There are several different worlds built here in this story and in many such novels, usually by the third world built it gets old. Hugh Howey does a fair job of keeping them all interesting. Each world story seems to add up to the motivation for each of the alien crew of Molly's ship. We'll have to see how well he keeps up with himself in the future novels.
Your usual Sci-Fi Military Heroine who's been slightly Mollyfyde.
Coincidentally, I've also been on the lookout for a great series I could sink my teeth into. I've had the frustration of starting a number of trilogies lately that only have one or two books published. While I can appreciate the effort it takes to produce a good book, and the marketing reasons for delaying new releases, I have been left disappointed with the fact that I now have a number of incomplete storylines and their corresponding questions floating around in my head. I was tired of not getting the payoff in the end. What I needed was a series that was fully completed and published!
To top it off, I was also scouting for a new series that I could recommend to my sister. I had recently convinced her to read the Hunger Games trilogy and she absolutely loved it. She's going to be having about a week of free time on her hands soon, and asked me to find another series that would be just as satisfying. Her requests were for quality writing, a strong female character, adventure, and maybe a little romance. She didn't want anything too depressing or dark.
Luckily, Hugh Howey's Bern Series fulfilled all of these requirements and then some!
This book grabs you from the very beginning. The action sequences are well written and the dialogue is seamless. I found myself emotionally invested in the characters, what motivated them, and their struggles. I think the author did a very good job of portraying that stage in life as an older teen. Things are are fresh, and still awkward, and yet...you're able to ascertain their character and the type of people they will become.
Molly Fyde is a strong, intelligent, vulnerable protagonist who has an inner strength she has not fully discovered yet. She has the courage to stand up in a male dominated profession and excel at it. Although she's fighting against the inequality of a sexist system, I love the fact that Molly is a typical girl in so many ways. She's unsure of herself when it comes to the boy she likes and she worries about what to wear when meeting him for the first time after being away for awhile. Yet, when the chips are down, she's capable of handling herself and isn't afraid of making tough decisions.
Cole is intelligent, caring and protective. While he has a little bit more life experience than Molly, and isn't quite as naive, you can tell he's also on the cusp of full manhood. In this first book, it's fun to watch these two characters orbit each other as they grapple with themselves and their newfound emotions.
The amount of creativity that was in this book was breathtaking. I'm a fan of post-apocalyptic, dystopic and science fiction novels. Most of the time, when I'm reading these genres, half the fun is being able to immerse myself in a new, or different world. A lot of that enjoyment is contingent on how well the author can describe and illustrate that alternate reality through the pages. After reading (and being a fan of) Hugh Howey's Wool Omnibus, I was already going into this series with high expectations. Yet, despite my inflated confidence, I was still pleasantly surprised about how much he was able to impress and amaze me.
He was able to project a future Earth setting; with the myriad ways it would be altered with the event of space travel, discovery of new worlds and various political changes. He also produced the same level of creativity for multiple alien worlds. Each one having their own unique flavor, look, cultures, lingo, etc.
This type of success really hinges on the details. Weather patterns, curse words, different philosophies, the various ways to imprison a person... it's all accounted for in this book. I also appreciated the amount of thought that was put into the technical side of things; such as some of the challenges of hyperspace, for instance. Or, what a lagrange point is (thanks Wikipedia!) The sum of all these elements became a world that was at once familiar and unknown. It provided just enough to be recognizable and relatable while still launching the reader across the galaxy.
As an aside, I especially loved the Glemots' way of speaking. Just to give you a taste, here's a quote from the book right as Molly is meeting them for the first time: "A unit of your companions is ambulating within five hundred meters of your location. Do you desire for this range of proximity to decrease?" How awesome is that? It's like Spock on steroids!
All I can say is that you absolutely can't go wrong by reading this book. Plus, the fact that the series is fully published guarantees you'll be hitting the kindle store for book two faster than hyperspace after reading the cliffhanger of a final sentence.
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I've read most of Hugh Howey's other work and this doesn't disappoint.