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We Are Mayhem: A Black Star Renegades Novel (Black Star Renegades, 2) Paperback – April 21, 2020
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"Even more compelling than its predecessor: action packed and funny, with more emotional resonance....readers who are hooked will be eager for the next installment." ―Booklist
"Stirring....Moreci’s story wears its antecedents proudly, from the Star Wars–crawl–style opening and flashback prologue to the talk of controlling mystical energies by truly knowing oneself. The novel is an even blend of high-energy battle scenes and trenchant moments of character interaction as heroes dive into 'fighting for what [they] believe is right.' Returning readers and fans of intrigues and battles will enjoy this brisk space adventure series."
"Perfect for anyone who enjoys 'Star Wars' and quests of good vs. evil told in scenes alternating between quiet moments and pitched battles." ―Library Journal
About the Author
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (April 21, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250205271
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250205278
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.36 x 0.99 x 8.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,892,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With We Are Mayhem, he kicks things up a notch in a huge way. More than just Cade's journey, this is the tale of a group of friends who all have their own reasons for doing what they do, and an interlocking chapter structure, split between Cade and his friend/girlfriend Kira helps to showcase different aspects of the society, from the ace pilot war action to the Jedi-esque adventures of Cade himself. As the perspective switches, the chapters do, meaning that the stories dovetail into a cohesive whole that works marvelously together. If "Black Star Renegades" is "A New Hope," then "We Are Mayhem" is a combination of both "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."
None of this is to say it is entirely derivative by any means. The way the magic works is extremely enticing, taking cues from the Force, but taking those cues far beyond even what Star Wars ever did. There is a dark and a light path, but rather than just concentrating on the dark, there is emphasis on what the light is capable of (rather than just on dark and neutral), an emphasis that is essential to the way in which the story functions.
The character beats are fantastic, from Wu-Xia the enlightened yet retired warlord; to Percival, the sarcastic, irritable mentor; to Lux Ersia the teenaged Queen (from whom readers can glean a lot of influence off of "Dishonored"'s Empress Emily Kaldwin I, another character Moreci has written for in the past).
The story seems to be over, but who knows? The worlds open to the Rokura and its masters have a long way to go, both backward and forward across the timeline of the duology, so perhaps we can, some day, hope for more from such an excellent story.
By Pippin37 on July 3, 2020
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
2) This is my first Moreci novel. I did not read the initial "Black Star Renegades" book.
3) I have been añ avid fan of good speculative science fiction and legible writing for over 40 years.
Enough with the disclaimers.
I would have given this book one (less if possible) star but for the fact that the story idea is actually fairly cool. I acknowledge that, had I previously consumed the 1st BSR book, I may have nudged my opinion (similar to my a-hole) up a bit. Then again...had I read that first novel, I may have never read this one...for the following reasons:
1) Poor character development. Human interactions and foibles drive good fiction...Cade & Kira just might be less human than the android, 4-Qel;
2) Poor grammar, abismal sentence structure and weak continuity. (page 185 HB, chapter 9..."realer"...seriously?)
Ultimately...I think the author got screwed by his publisher (St. Martin's Press?). I'm thinking they didn't actually pay an editor to work through the book. Having worked in the public library world...I've seen this as an increasing problem. Many of my problems with this novel would not have been evident had the publisher actually cared about good fiction...rather than a quick buck.
I hope the author continues to tell stories...he has some good vision. I would encourage him to either stand up to the publisher, or get some good people to proofread and self-publish.
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I am so damn happy to report that my hopes were fulfilled and then some. The world building, and worlds, are fantastically well drawn.
The blend of characters gels so well this time around that I found myself laughing out loud at some of the dialogue. You just had to know what that character would think to say.
I know this is a trilogy, and I am on tenterhooks for part three, but I hope the author intends to flesh out this universe beyond that.
Do yourself a favour and grab hold of a copy!