It wasn't easy for Molly being the only girl in Flight Academy, but getting expelled was even worse. Abandoned by her family when she was young and now tossed from the only home she's ever known, her future looks bleak.
But then Molly hears that her father's old starship has turned up halfway across the galaxy. Setting off to retrieve the old craft, she hopes it will hold clues to his disappearance. Accompanying her as a chaperone is Cole, her old flight partner from the Academy.
Molly can't believe it. She's now the proud owner of her own starship. Her spring break is going to be spent traveling across the galaxy with a cute boy. Could things possibly get any better?
Little does Molly know, they are about to get much, much worse....
©2009 Hugh Howey (P)2013 Hugh Howey
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
Yes. I would go through the entire book and rethink all of the incredibly derivative events. For example, after writing the opening section, I would ask myself, where have I seen this before? An action sequence that turns out to be simulation for academy cadets that bears an Asian title. Oh yeah, Star Trek -- the Kobayashi Maru. Better rethink that and come up with something more original.
Then: A planet full of intelligent beings who resemble large humanoid bears. Hmmm. Sounds like -- Wookies! OK, these guys are way more intelligent than the dog-like Chewbacca, but still -- why write a species that is almost identical to one that was quite original when it first appeared in Star Wars, when there are an almost infinite number of alternatives, including those that may exist only within your own imagination, which would be a creative way to go about it, no?
Similarly: Jump into hyperspace and suddenly, unexpectedly appear in an asteroid field. Wait, this is no asteroid field, this is the debris of what was until recently a planet! Seriously Hugh? Nothing more original came to mind? You didn't think about rewriting this when you went back a reread your first draft? Or did never go back to rethink and rewrite your first draft? And editors: seriously? Has no one ever seen Star Wars?
There is not an ounce of originality here. This is just a plain vanilla space opera that is totally derivative of the seminal space opera, Star Wars. Guy and girl who pine for each other but refuse to admit it, accompanied by a metallic looking guy and a giant furry guy, ride their dilapidated space ship as they escape from one predicament just to fall directly into another, making totally unorthodox moves that somehow work out just right, and saving the free world(s) in the process. Seriously?
I listened to this book because I was so impressed by Howey's totally original Wool -- yes, another dystopian post-apocalyptic near-future, but a totally adult version, highly nuanced and texturally paced, a surprisingly creative entry in a crowded field. I knew going in that Molly Fyde was YA, but I still expected Howey to be original, unorthodox. I never once expected him to be so, so derivative, so shamelessly or obliviously derivative.
The performance was good. No qualms about how it was read, just what had to be read. Walter the Palan was the most interesting character, as written and as performed. Every other character was cardboard cutout from Star Wars, a Colorforms version of the highly familiar.
I once told a friend why I didn't like a particular movie, bashing it, as I have this book, for rehashing so many familiar characters and conventions and plot points from well known movies of the past. My friend's precocious ten-year-old son was listening in, and he cut me down to size by noting, quite correctly, that he was too young to have seen all those other movies, so this was his first experience with that type of movie, and he liked it.
Fair enough. Same could be true here. If you've never seen Star Wars or know nothing about it, maybe this will come off as an original work, maybe this will be your introduction to cadet simulations and hyperspace landings in asteroid fields and intelligent bear-like aliens. Otherwise, fuggedaboutit.
Yes, the story wasn't bad but I wish there was a lot less of the does he or she love me or not stuff.
Removed a lot of the teen love story aspect of the book. He could have cut out a lot of the constant blabbing by the main character about her feelings, and just hinted instead.
she does all well, and I wouldn't mind listening to her again.
The story was good, though there was a bit of young puppy love stuff within. After listening to the rest of the books I understood why the author didn't explain alot about certain parts, because there is supposed to be a mystery behind the whole thing. However, I still felt as though they could have thrown a bit more of a bone to keep me more interested. I was on the edge of not getting the second book by the time this one was over.
First, the author really needs to take some science classes. This is science fiction so I don't care if you can manipulate gravity, jump into hyperspace.
The problems in this book however destroy the suspension of disbelief on a regular basis. The main character has 'just enough time' to maneuver to 'dodge laser fire'. The author also appears to frequently confuse acceleration and velocity. And many of the descriptions of combat make it sound like aircraft in an atmosphere.
At one point a bomb starts a fire that burns down an entire planet, because apparently there has never been a forest fire there before (inhabited world).
You should also be warned that this is much more young adult than scifi
First off fix the science.
Then the story needs to be yanked out of it's young adult roots.
I admit I am a bit curious as to what happens next, but that happens with all but the worst books for me.
If you did not fail every science class you have ever taken please do not purchase this book. You will be going along listening to the story and suddenly want to bludgeon yourself to death because of the stupid emanating from your audio player.
I listened to the first two books of the series before I had to quit. I will sum up my main issue with the series and just say that he reuses the plot device of being captured over and over and over again. You know its bad when the heroes of the book start joking about being captured repeatedly and starts rating their current prison accommodations........ And overall is just poorly written. This is a series to be avoided.
* I will note that the narrator did a good job with the material she was given
the narration was excellent it made you feel as if you were riding along with the crew in the seat next to them
The book was good although a bit to pat just running one direction and uncovering a whole new planet, picking up stray kids along the trail. but on the other hand I am buying the next book right now, so that must tell you Huge Howey is always Huge Howey and he just pulls you I with every writing
I had just finished listening to the Scorch Trials and I was feeling a bit down emotionally after it had finished. I needed a book with a slightly different and lighter atmosphere. This book was exactly what the doctor ordered to cheer me back up again. It was an absolutely wonderful pleasure to listen to it. Great story line with more than enough mystery to keep me intrigued but not overwhelmed. I am so looking forwards to book two in the series. I really feel for the characters and enjoy the sense of family that the main characters share with a light dash of romance thrown in to top it all off. Simply Brilliant.
What I mean by my title is that the characters are initially described a certain way, and in the case of Cole sometimes throughout the book, but then their actions don't seem to back it up. Molly is described initially as a very strong woman but then her character makes a 180 even before she's gone anywhere, and then flops back to strong woman. Cole is constantly described by Molly as "paranoid" but I never detected a general paranoia in the writing beyond how a normal person would feel when they have evidence of what looks like a setup. It's kind of hard NOT to be paranoid in those circumstances. Hugh Howey is otherwise a great world builder and story teller. I'm not sure why these characters gave him such a hard time. The setting in the book is varied and sometimes deceptive. Culture shock and misunderstandings abound. Who do you trust? What happened to Molly's parents? Will she ever stop being a cadet and be honest with Cole about her feelings? The ending is a perfect lead-in for a sequel without feeling hokey. I will be adding this series to my wish list!
In my opinion, this story leans more to a romance novel...which I feel is somewhat typical of this author, albeit, not so early on in the book.
"A good yarn for children"
No. There's not much story and it's for children.
Rewrite it now he knows how to write novels.
Jennette Selig makes it sound interesting.
It's nowhere near interesting enough for that.
It's like watching a low-budget sci-fi film on DVD. Useful to while away some time.
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