I basically listened to the first and second books in this series in a single huge gulp. And the third book is downloading to my computer as I write ..Show More »this review. So do I recommend this series? Yes. Heck, yes.
Now for the whining: The characterizations are great. I suspect this is Eric Flint's contribution. Most of his books do a good job with characters. And I love the fact that there is actually science in this book. A lot of science fiction is close to completely science-free. But there is something missing. A sense of wonder over the amazing discoveries they are making. It's like a child in a toy store. "Oh, look at this toy. Oh, there's something else. Here's something else..." They don't linger to savor discoveries. It's like the story is approaching a climax and then backs off just short of it time after time.
So I feel a bit unfulfilled after listening to the first two books, but only a little. I really enjoyed the ride. And I'm really looking forward to the third one.
In my review of the second book of this series, I complained that something was missing. I guess the authors were saving it all up for this book. I ..Show More »just erased my next sentence because I don't want to spoil anything for you. I want you to have a chance to experience this story spoiler-free.
The story is great. It is similar in many ways to "The Martian." (another great listen) But there are several wow moments. In fact, maybe I should say wowee-dowee moments. I am sitting here feeling a little sad because the story of these people has come to an end. It was a great end, but I'm so sorry that I won't be able to spend tomorrow with them.
Read this series. Start with the first book and work your way through in order. You'll thank me.
This endearingly retro take on the castaway motif, with clear intimations of "Lost in Space," "Swiss Family Robinson," and Heinlein's ..Show More »"Rolling Stones" will evoke pleasant nostalgia in those old enough to remember such titles. For the young adult audience for whom the book is intended, I expect it to prove an exciting introduction to the genre. A young scientist couple and their five children (four human girls and one adopted alien boy) are marooned on an uninhabited planet. Fortunately all seven are geniuses, and the non-human among them is a badass apex predator, so they survive and flourish. Very satisfying, if not especially original. Prior knowledge of the "Boundary" series provides some background, but is not necessary.