Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.
This is a good short story in the Reckoners timeline. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys the series.
However, when I read Steelheart, it was not with a "young adult" voice. Hearing MacLeod Andrews' condescend in tone and timbre reminded me of how people talk to dogs...like they're idiots.
Ethan and his son, Atton, have been arrested for high treason and conspiracy, crimes which will surely mean the death sentence, but it's beginning to look like theirs aren't the only lives in jeopardy--the Defiant is stranded in Sythian Space, and the vessel which Commander Caldin sent to get help has used all its fuel to get to Obsidian Station, only to find out that the station has been destroyed. Now the Defiant's last hope for a rescue is gone, and everyone on board is about to die a cold, dark death.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
By the end of the trilogy a reader has a fairly good idea of the tech being used, and the story should reflect that. As an example a refresher of what H.U.D. means is good, but in the last half of the book it's not necessary.No Spoilers: There was some new elements to the overarching story that were only added in during this book. It would have been better if they had been introduced in an earlier book and their storylines expanded on in greater detail.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Throughout the series the narrator kept falling into the habit of reading the story as Young Adult themed. This story spans 12 years in the lives of the main characters, and only one of them is under 18. When I read the first book there was a little bit of this YA mentality, but in the 2nd book the narration begins to actually detract from my enjoyment of the story. By the 3rd book it was as if the narrator had decided that every character was a teenager. Fighter pilots, Marines boarding parties, combat medics, bridge comms officers...It didn't seem to matter to him that these were military officers fighting a war. He read their lines as if they were 16 years old.When I picked up this book series I didn't consider it a YA novel, Dufris read it like he read the Pendragon books that my pre-teens listen to.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
As long as William Dufris wasn't involved in the screenplay
Any additional comments?
Read this series if you're a fan of Space Opera.
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Ethan Ortane has just met his long lost son, Atton, but the circumstances could have been better. After a devastating bio-attack and the ensuing battle, they've fled Dark Space aboard the Defiant to get away from the crime lord, Alec Brondi, who has just stolen the most powerful vessel left in the Imperial Fleet--the Valiant, a five-kilometer-long gladiator-class carrier. They need reinforcements to face Brondi, but beyond Dark Space the comm relays are all down, meaning that they must cross Sythian Space to contact the rest of the fleet.
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
I think that fans of space opera will enjoy this book. It's a quick read, explains the tech pretty well, and only gets a little redundant with the explanations.
What did you like best about this story?
I thought that Scott did a good job creating an interesting story that made you want to see how it ends. Characters had flaws, and nobody was "perfect".
What didn’t you like about William Dufris’s performance?
I gave this a 3 star overall rating because the Narrator kept falling into the habit of reading the story as Young Adult themed. This story spans 12 years in the lives of the main characters, and only one of them is under 18. When I read the first book there was a little bit of this YA mentality, but in the 2nd book the narration begins to actually detract from my enjoyment of the story. When I picked up this book series I didn't consider it a YA novel, Dufris read it like a Pendragon Cycle story.
What character would you cut from The Invisible War?
Alara's mother could be removed from the story. Her only actual contribution seemed to be complaints and whining.
Any additional comments?
I recommend this story to fans of Space Opera. Skip the William Dufris performance, however.
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