Ridiculously over the top, unrealistic plot. Reads like an army enlistment pamphlet. Dry, un relatable characters. The story is not boring, but is just awful. I groaned audibly at many points In the dialog, which is probably the worst in memory, and being an avid science fiction fan, that should tell you allot. I don't know how I made it through this one.
Nv Native American, 1 room school house, hi school of 30, Raised 4-2& 2 ala Brady Bnch, lv audio books, home bound widow. M happy. Thnx AB.
The first four chapters, to me, were a little encyclopedic. It was like reading a trade journal: a description of all the parts, what they do, how they fit together, and what they hope to achieve. It was a good creation. Then hold onto your speaker! It was drama, action, mystery, and gut wrenching battles! It never slowed down and from the earmarks, this series isn't going to. The narrator was excellent and never missed a beat or a character voice. I think this author and this narrator have a chemistry together that promises more enjoyable listens especially to the savy space opera aficionado.
Maiden voyage, new type of ship, Earth's first FTL drive. So of course the captain decides, what the heck, let's go somewhere really far and unknown. There are lots of hearkenings to other (better) series and TV shows. The best line is the self-deprecating on-the-nose, "this is worse than a sci-fi novel" comment. It brings a chuckle, but the novel loses credibility.
I do not like the nature of the FTL drive. I cannot believe that engineers would leave it the way it is. It seems quite ridiculous.
I do not like that girl Mia; I wish her life-support had given out 5 minutes earlier. She is such a ditzy, cringing fool I can't believe she was ever allowed on a space ship. Once she gets into battle armor, she seems tolerable, but that's because she's like a different person.
I do not like the doctor's constant, "my dear" ing, which the machine translator changes to "deer". That's supposed to be funny.
I do not like how the ship's linguist makes some sort of translation break-through but the captain doesn't have time for it, and then neither does the author--never mentioned again.
I do not like the narrator. I probably couldn't sit at dinner and talk to him for very long, no matter what voice he uses.
I thought the story line indicated some time travel or ancient alien abductions, but that hasn't proven the case yet. Future books might clear up that mystery.
If you want to fight bugs, read Star Force or Ender's Game. If you want to go exploring, read The Lost Fleet. If you want to encounter intercultural problems with humans, read The Empire's Corps.
The book exceeded my expectations. They narrator kept the story interesting. I also liked how the writer did not overdo the explanation between the storyline.
Looking forward to the next book in the upcoming series.