the whole series up to this book is very good. Not amazing, but still definitely worth a read, if you are into the genre. The genre of space battles an enemy alien race, survival of humanity.
Personally for me, it doesn't have enough main characters. Really everything revolves around the 1 main character, who makes almost all the decisions. Even with that though, I am still hooked and will continue to read the next books in the series
I may not have arrived where I wanted to go, but I think I have ended up where I am supposed to be.
The author has woven a compelling universe. I have to know what happens next!
Some elements seem to repeat, and the military aspects sometimes gets old. The female characters need better development.
I was looking forward to reading another book in the Starforce series. I enjoyed it until About 1/2 way through when I began to get irritated. The behavior of the characters has become predictable. Riggs will always have the answer, be able to build anything, and go headlong into everything. Crow will always talk big but go off and hide. Sandra is dangerous except when she's not and then she's whining. Marvin will appear when there's a hole in the plot to fill (Jar-Jar Binks comes to mind when I think of Marvin). The only one I still like is Kwon.
Sandra is probably the one who ruined this book for me. It's a professional military environment. They are in the middle of a war that could destroy Earth. Here comes Sandra, the Riggs' girl, sticking her nose into everything. I guess the other characters accept her because she is the boss' girlfriend. Riggs continually remarks that he shouldn't have his girlfriend around but there she is. Then there are the arguments. Riggs does something to piss her off. He smirks or says a clever word or two that causes her to suddenly understand and everything is ok. In real life, he'd be sleeping on the couch more often.
Come on, Crow, get a pair or shut up. Don't hurt my ships, Riggs or I might take them and go home. Wimpy, wimpy, wimpy.
The story and build up is good but the story needs to move along and do something else other than fighting macros. it needs to start moving along and meeting other alien races. May be developing friendships with other races and Cooperations or even a new enemy
Normally I would look forward to continuing with a science fiction series that allows the reader some escape and entertainment. However I just cannot endure the main character anymore. He is base, petty, and represents the least noble aspects of people.
It is just so difficult to like a character who in the middle of a struggle that will effect thousands of lives is more interested in hitting on a woman under his command and hoping that his girlfriend does not catch him.
It is also ridiculous to believe that a professor turned farmer is the greatest programmer on earth, the most brilliant military commander, and the one person that should be in a position to alone decide the faith of humanity.
I was hoping that after the first few books in the series, the author would try to develop a main character that the reader could like. Unfortunately he did not. And unfortunately I will not continue to read the rest of the series.
Larson has created a world that seems to be possible. Who's to say we are the only species in the universe. One would have to be very narrow minded to think we are the one and only. I must get to the next book now if you don't mind...
The voice actor essentially is Colonel Riggs. Perfect conveyance of mood. The story is interesting - all the aspects of fighting off a computerized invasion force. The second act is often stressful, but such is the nature of the topic.
If you are on the fence about crying this series choose to go on and finish. You will not regret it. I have listened to all of the books in the star force series and I love every minute of it.