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Sci Fi is a favorite and much needed escape (helps me distract from haunting ...
Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2016
I am a new fan of Hugh Howey's books. Sci Fi is a favorite and much needed escape (helps me distract from haunting thoughts during chemo treatment :~) ). The only reason I may not go for the full star rating is that I believe I was spoiled by starting with his Wool/Sand Omnibus series, devouring them like grapes. This set is a bit lighter weight and leans on the familiar a bit more, more of a young adult framework. This series features another decent female lead, yay, and she gets a decent boy for a companion. The Molly Fyde series is well done and imaginative. As I mentioned, it seems to lean more towards a young adult audience, much as Hunger Games books do. Which also doesn't mean they cannot be enjoyed by us old kids! It is a rollicking adventure through planets with some wild characteristics and cultures, much shifting of the "villians" with some satisfying political references hinted at. He takes the time to let the characters work through some thought processes and grow. Some pleasures: the manner in which he successfully frames different thinking and language patterns of various species while still writing in English. It does get a little Star-Wars-y with some of the creatures, but forgivable. Also appreciated is the time taken to explore the eternal question: why do so many alien creatures in literary and filmic lore persist in being portrayed as bipeds with faces and just a few body mods?