Really enjoyed this audiobook! The story is phenomenal, being Book 1 in a great long series. The characters like Tag grow on you as you get glimpses o..Show More »f who he is as a child when he discovers his unique abilities. The story is filled with great action scenes, from hand to hand combat to space battles and ground battles. The performance and effects here were amazing! Like listening to a movie! Simply can't wait for the next one to come out!
I liked the first book, even though the story had giant holes in it and it was light on details to make the story work. It was entertaining and I like..Show More »d the characters. The story was a little silly. A highschool kid, being chased by the law is grabbed and made the leadrer of the world against evil space aliens. Yeah, that could happen. His powers were fun though.
This book continues with the evil aliens killing humans that had surrendered just because they did not like us and planning to annihilate Earth. They like to wipe out planets and kill everybody. It is part of thier culture. So with our fearless leader leading we beat the aliens with fanciful technology we got from other aliens they had killed. Rather than destroy these evil guys we sit down to talk. Our fearless young hero's wife convinces the evil leader of the aliens that he was wrong and hated humans for no reason. He sees the error of his ways, So the wife Says" the aliens are our friends now so lets give them our technology!"
At this point I would have thrown a physical book across the room, but I really did not want to break my new Iphone.
I like Sci Fi and I have read Bad sci Fi before, but this should be in the childrens fairytale "If we just talk to the evil people who want to kill us for fun, they will like us and we can all be friends " section. I am sorry I wasted credits on this series. Buyer beware!
Yes. I enjoyed all three books and would listen to them again. They are what I would call light sci-fi. A feel good series that doesn't have to man..Show More »y plots within plots within plots. An easy listen. I know others said they were not very realistic in the events that happen, but I still enjoyed all three books.
Here we are at book four of this series and I have read and enjoyed every one. The trouble is, that I still do not fully understand why. Until re..Show More »cently, the reasons have well resisted rising to the top of my consciousness.
There are plenty of reasons that I could have not liked this series:
- Some of the writing is cliché, syrupy and even goofy ("I love you more than life itself", 'You are close to my heart", "I do not want to live without you").
- The author seems to confused about the differences between interstellar space and intergalactic space and between scale of the two. In fact, the sense of scale in this story in terms of dimension, speed and raw numbers sometimes gets so implausible that it crosses the border into silly land at times.
- The "science" in the "science fiction" feels like something out of the old "Buck Rogers" movies or sometimes even more like the old "Twilight Zone".
All that said, I have loved every one of these books and have pretty much done straight through listens on all of them (plenty of credit to the excellent skills of Liam Owen as well). I think it is because Saxon Andrew's stories provide a vision of what things could be like if we were primarily driven by the desire to love and care for one another and the will to find large non-zero sum solutions for our differences. The strength of these themes make me suspend my disbelief on the types of issues described above and instead look at these stories as inspirational fantasy with a science fiction flavor.
I would recommend these books (especially, but not solely, for young adults) not because they are strong examples of the sci fi genre (as I see it, they are not), but because they provide food for thought on where want to go as a civilization. I am very much looking forward to the continuation of the series.
Let me guess how the next one goes. Lets face a seemingly unstoppable enemy. Then, with the help of rea..Show More »lly smart friends come up with a way to defeat them. But don't. They will then become your friends and help you fight the next unstoppable enemy. Rinse and repeat.