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Repetitive and Illogical
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2021
This nine-book series is really just one long story line in which the angst-filled hero and his crew of misfits get themselves into one impossible situation after another, only to fight their way out aided by, often literally, an amazingly lucky happenstance - over and over and over again. I think it was book 8 before the leader actually said the words, 'let's make a plan.' Additionally, while I can appreciate the authors' goal of not getting hung up with Star Trek-style techno-babble, the tech info that is included is at times illogical, unscientific, and confusing. For example, why would the helm operator have to physically thrash from side to side in her chair and hunch her shoulders, straining every muscle to stay on course in this apparent far-distant future when we've had fly-by-wire since the 20th century? And why are engines called "tenders" - except for when they're called engines? Add to this numerous errors with plain English usage, plot holes, and inconsistencies (such as the crew taking several hours to travel five miles on foot to reach a settlement but managing the reverse trip in a manner of minutes), and I found myself wondering at times if this was a deliberate parody of the genre. Unfortunately, I think not. I'm happy to "willingly suspend disbelief" in reading sci fi, and I enjoy it as an escape to other worlds and interesting adventures. But I can't enjoy it when the mechanics of the writing and plotting get in the way. Unfortunately, for that reason, I cannot recommend this series.