The book is ok. Its claims to be sci-fi are weak, as are many of these american "take me back to the revolution" style reads. I don't know why they get set in space, perhaps is the only way the author can think of to take us to a place where the "libertarians" can be oppressed again and rise against the socialists... It is completely implausible the lack of technology & general equipment we are expected to believe both the original colonists and the space faring socialists bring to this uninhabited world - all so we can have people that go skinning bears for their boots...
the guy has written some amazing stories - I guess its hard to live up to your own best work - this certainly doesn't.
He seems to be losing the plot (in every way) between his first and second books - where the characters in the second books of his two latest series, are almost starting from scratch and often very different from the development in his first books. The second installment in the Pathfinder series really is a trainwreck, this isn't that bad, but he is certainly giving us a filler after doing a good job in the first book in the mithermage series.
Stefan Rudnicki is a great performer - Emily is ok, and next to stefan, comes across quite weak.
This book would be 1/3 the size if you cut out the unnecessary drivel - which, considering Orson boasts about only putting in dialogue that moves the story forward, is a big let down.
Orson really needs to sit down and create the entire story arc in one go, then go and write installments that fit to the arc - he is losing the plot between instalments.
I really hope this great writer can deliver to his earlier standard and doesn't finish his writing career slowly sputtering out
the core of this book was about whining characters that was completely removed from the first book - absolutely no consistency with the characters from the first book - even allowing for different situations. It felt like it was written by someone that hadn't read the first book and who themselves was emotionally challenged.
not book three of this series - hopefully he doesn't hand off the writing of the gate thief to whomever he let write this drivel
it was fine
the first book was good enough that you are going to read this one anyway - just don't expect much.
It gets hold of thailand pretty well - though the narrator could have gotten some help with pronunciation. It's concepts of the post carbon energy economy are limited and are as though the author hasn't read anything on the topic since 1970. Good first book, better than most but not yet up to something like the Diamond Age. I would read this author again.
I agree with an earlier review about the sloppy editing and plot inconsistencies - THE FIRST 35 MINUTES OF THIS BOOK ARE A SUMMARY OF THE FIRST TWO BOOKS!!! if it keeps up into the rest of this stretched out series, book 8 will be half summary half new book!
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