Top positive review
It ticks all the boxes for me. I love it.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 4, 2016
I enjoyed this book even more than the first, I find this series and this book particularly reminiscent of Elizabeth Moon's Vatta Wars Series. I've also recently been reading Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet, and this novel has similar themes and situations. It also reminds me a bit of Isaac Asimov Foundation series. This book might appeal also to readers of those authors.
This author has a good mix of characters, and it's not all serious and gloomy, there is irony, sarcasm and lightheartedness which contrasts the darker themes. I particularly like the mix of ages and genders, the feisty 'grandmother' is one of my favourite characters.
To me a good story is more important than the editing or polish of the book. The author sometimes does not describe much detail in the writing, in style of leaving most things up to the reader's imagination, however, sometimes the description is very detailed; when this change happens this throws me out of the story and I feel frustrated, when a character or object is suddenly not where I imagined it to be. I do not know much about writing, so when I come on these or other issues I suspect the is flaw in this reader rather than the writing!
It might feel a bit practicable to some readers, but that is sometimes an unfortunate byproduct of doing a lot of reading. I contract that with the knowledge from the authors other books that no character is safe.
This is one of the most enjoyable stories I've read.
If you're not sure, take a chance.