I was very torn about writing a review for this book. I decided in the end that I would have to because I had so much to say that I just couldn't keep..Show More » it all in... The main character of the book is a 17 year old midshipman on a years long voyage to a distant colony. Through a series of unusual and unfortunate circumstances, he becomes the captain of the ship, with a number of other midshipmen, and hundreds of crew and passengers looking to him as the leader. To be clear, this ship is mostly about interpersonal relationships, leadership, and personal struggles set in space. There are a few very short fighting and battle scenes, but It definitely isn't what I would call a "space opera" (at least by my definition). For the most part, I thought that the writing was very good, with the characters not being amazing, but believable enough for the story. As for the negatives... The strangest (and my least favorite) part of this book was the fact that religion plays a huge part in the story and the future that this book takes place in. There are prayers before every meal and CONSTANT references to "Lord God" and "blasphemy" throughout the story. Basically, the government has established a "state religion" and religious code that every is forced to be obedient to. I'm not sure if the author is himself a deeply religious person, or if he was trying to create a story in some fictional future... All-in-all, I really disliked this whole concept. Personally, I might consider myself "religious" (on a good day), but this really started to annoy me after awhile. If the whole religion aspect was taken out, I would give 5 stars... As it stands, only 4. I'm looking forward to the next book, but am not sure if I will listen to the full series or not yet since the others take place much later in the main character's life. It was definitely worth the listen. If you can get past the fictional religion, then I would recommend it.
So after binge listening to this series, I’d have to pick Challenger’s Hope as one of the best books in the Seafort saga. Unlike the next books ..Show More »in this series, there are plenty of space battles and ship side fighting. It also portrays the bureaucracy that exists when corrupt people are in charge. It’s enough to make you want to climb into the book to smack someone.
What got to be a little old was how Nick Seafort would have so much contempt for how some captains treated the crew but in the next breath he is acting 10 times worse than those captains. I think he may have some anger management issues.
This book is pretty good, but unfortunately the series goes downhill from here.
As you can read in the description of this book it takes place decades after the war with the fish-like aliens. What it doesn’t say is that Nick Seaf..Show More »ort is merely a supporting character in this new series. Probably 80% of the book is written first hand from the tranny perspective, complete with the language and the “take what you want” mentality. Apart from the few cameos Nick Seafort makes, the rest is written in the perspective of his son and son’s friend.
I know I will probably be alone in this, but I spent most of the book thinking to myself, “I don’t get it”. As I mentioned the majority of the book is written in the tranny… sorry, transpop perspective where if you want something you take it and life has little to no value. When the evil upies are trying to redevelop the land these gangbangers have been squatting on and even worse turn off the water they have been stealing, we are suppose to be outraged? The trannys whole life revolves around taking turf, food or people/food (I know I said food twice but they eat people so it works) whenever they can so where exactly is the basis for their outrage?
The narrator is new to the series but since this series is pretty much a new one I guess that is alright as far as continuity is concerned. However, where he does a good job reading all the tranny parts and adding a good Jamaican type dialect, he makes all the upie kids sound... um... feminine.
As far as the rest of the book, if you can get past the social hypocrisy it is well written and tells a complete story.