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A Hard Book to Read
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2019
This book was pretty hard to slog through. I bought this book two or three years ago, and every time I tried to read it, I couldn't get through it. I was new to reviewing books then, so didn't quite know what was wrong, but now I do.
This is supposed to be a science fiction book, but there is way too much technobabble in here. Don't get me wrong, I liked Ender's Game, Stargate SG-1, and other books that have well-developed aliens, or some amount of science, but the science in here was boring. For example, at location 63, "...would pass him by with a delta-V of nearly 3 KM/sec." That's fine if the author wants to put some science in the writing, but tell us when it's relevant or in a humorous way, not give us technobabble every page just to remind us this is science fiction. This is science fiction, not AP Physics.
The author throws pages and pages of backstory at us early on in the book. At location 63, "he wasn't ready to die, not at twenty-eight years old, the youngest captain in New Terra's short, eighty-three year history of space exploration." At location 142, "He wasn't any taller than most of his people at 1.8 meters. But his 146 kilogram frame of heavy muscle, courtesy of a 1.12 gravity world..." Reading so much exposition about characters, their stories, and their descriptions just caused me to space out, and I couldn't enjoy this book.
What's even more confusing with the backstory, is the narrator keeps switching to different moments within the backstory, and the writing style makes it hard to understand what the author is talking about.
Remember, I really like technobabble when it's done right. I like it when it's drip-fed to me when necessary. Don't tell me all the science in the first chapter. Tell me a little here and there, but don't keep taking me out of the action by going all over the place in the backstory until we don't even know what the story is about anymore.