Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2019
This was one of those FB suggested reads/ads in my timeline that peaked my interest with the minor cost to possibly start on a new serial of books, and overall an enjoyable read for a dedicated sci-fi reader. Writing reminds me of the used books I read as a teen, when the publishers in the 60's and 70's cranked out novels on schedules so plots tended to be straight forward, characters were flat(ish) to serve a specific role in the story, and big cliffhangers at the end were common to sell the next installment. While I am more into world-building/space opera serialized writing now, First Encounter failed to meet my expectations. I did not connect to any of the characters in a meaningful way, and the plotline was simply a path to the cliffhanger at the end. Other than the details around crew rotations necessary to maintain the colony ship, I felt minimal effort was put forth to build up the world/backstory/reason to care/etc (especially the alien world the ship stops at in the Trappist-1 system). Props to the author to making the aliens truly alien and being realistic about time of flight at sublight speed travel. I will not be continuing with the series as the cliffhanger at the end and the direction of the story does not interest me further.
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