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D. J. Duran
5.0 out of 5 starsStaying out of Harm's way
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2019
This book was my go-to book to read when I was ready to go to bed and read until I was ready to go to sleep or my husband told me to turn off my book (my Kindle.) I usually ended up reading for at least two hours until I found a place I felt I could safely leave the characters out of harm's way until the next night. And then there were nights that I had to get up and read more because I could not leave anyone stuck in harm's way. Ethan asks questions about the blue lights in the sky, the ruins in the valley, and of the roamers and the maddened. There's a great cast of characters to keep this story going. And it's not just against the roamers and the maddened that Ethan and his companions have to fight. I am so glad I bought all three books together as the story flowed very well without any interruption.
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2021
I had downloaded the first book of the trilogy quite a while back and just got around to reading it recently. The characters were interesting and engaging and the author kept my interest with their engaging stories. I generally like character-based books, which if why despite some typos and a couple of confusing subplots, the series was enjoyable. I could have done with a few less fights and sorties, but the stories did hang together well. I hope to check out other writings by this author.
5.0 out of 5 starsAll I can say is I'm sorry for not reading it sooner!
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2020
I've had this for a long time and just got around to reading it. All I can say is I'm sorry for not reading it sooner! It is great!
The Planetsider book one SciFi and dystopian, two of my favorite genres, and this book is definitely among the best. Engaging from the first page.
The Second Fall book 2 Two factions in space, one on the moon the other on a space station have been at war for more than a hundred years. That war is about to end, not in peace but genocide. How will that affect the few people that have managed to eke out an existence on Earth’s surface since the apocalypse that began the war? Equally as engaging as the first volume of the trilogy!
The Last of the Firsts book 3 What a wonderful ending to this trilogy! The whole series is great.
Maria and Page have gone back to the moon base to put an end to the coup. Surely there are supporters they can enlist in their cause. But first they have to make it back undetected and hide from the blue boots and the corrupt officials.
Ethan has set out to rebuild his home in Forest Gate. Enlisting the scientists from the mountain city, things will go much faster and changes for better fortification abound. Still he can’t seem to get through to Summer. Even the thought of their future child doesn’t enliven her.
But Summer and Maria have much more in common than Ethan. Both are suffering from early stages of genetic degeneration from the radiation of the planet. Ethan’s blood didn’t unlock the secret to treating this abnormality as the scientists had hoped.
But Ethan will not give up on Summer. He is convinced that the old hermit holds the key to this problem. But first Ethan must find him and convince him to help.
What a great read! G.J. Ogden has written a wonderful box set full of action and adventure. This is trilogy has it all. good guys, bad guys, monsters, heroes and just maybe the guy gets the girl, as tough as she may be.
The Planetsider is the first novel of the wonderful trilogy. This Young Adult novel is a bit of a misnomer. It certainly has all of the common elements of a good YA, but it is a bit more in depth than you normally find. Full of action, but also introspective. Ethan, the protagonist is on the classic hero's journey, living through his trials and tribulations. Learning that ignorance is sometimes bliss. This is about a young man coming of age in a Post-Apocalyptic world and his desire to stretch beyond what is expected of him. A young man looking for the truth and finding it cost him his innocence. One of my favorite sub-plots is that he is clueless when it comes to women as all young men are of a certain age. It is hysterically funny without trying to be and that is a hard trick to pull off.
The Second Fall is a pure home-run of Space Opera. G.J. Ogden wrote a truly fun read with very serious undertones. The good guys are the best and the bad guys are the worst, it is all here. War, romance, sacrifice, roads not taken, a boy becomes a man, and petty jealousies all are studied in this excellent novel.
The reader returns five years after the end of The Planetsider and peace is imminent. Treachery raises its ugly head and the heroine Maria must return to planet side for help. In the meantime, the hero Ethan has become a man with all of the responsibilities and must balance his desire to help Maria with his responsibilities to his people.
This is a wonderful read for the story alone. Full of action and and battles. There is plenty for the reader to enjoy just on the surface story. Yet, this is a very contemplative look at the nature of society and human emotions. Ethan, has completed his heroes journey and is now a man. He now experiences the longing of first love returning and realization of the road not taken. It is a moment of ennui that leaves him a bit confused as the boy of the past and the current man now grapples. It is a moment that anyone with a first love briefly returning can understand and it is both understated and perfect.
There is commentary on the environment and what happens when a catastrophe is caused by war. There is a great contrast between the "simple" and the "complex" society with a third introduced and is compared to the first two. It is throughout the novel, but never gets in the way of the story. A true gem of this series is how strong female leads run throughout. It is also so well done that you may miss the larger point that it is the nature of leadership and not gender that matters. They are human with all of the strengths and foibles. Petty arguments get in the way of the mission and grudges are held.
The Last of the Firsts is the final installment of the The Planetsider Trilogy Boxed Set and it does not disappoint. This wonderful novel is closer to Adventure than Space Opera and it works on different levels again. This is a race against time to save the planet and loved ones. The key is an enigmatic old man, but he is nowhere to be found.
G.J. Ogden writes another action filled novel with serious undertones. This is a mature work without much of the angst of the first two novels. Yet, this novel is all about hope and keeping the faith in impossible odds. This is also a true study about the nature of teamwork and facing ones personal past. This is about rectifying the choices that led all down the path and trying to right the wrongs. The antagonist is no one, but the entire planet itself dealing with one death blow after another. It has become hostile to life and deals harsh realities to the survivors. Life goes on, but maybe not for those that are the cause. Once again, G.J. Ogden comments on man's treatment of the environment without beating the proverbial dead horse.
As contemplative as this novel is, there is more than enough action to satisfy the worse adrenaline junkies. The Last of the Firsts keeps the reader on their toes holding their breath as the novel requires the price for their characters and the price will be paid.
The Planetsider Trilogy Boxed Set completes the arc from an idealistic young man to a battle tested adult. It is about the nature of family, how it is defined and the sacrifice required for it. Perhaps the greatest lesson from the novels are the learning to live with past decisions that cannot be taken back. It is both a warning and admission that forgiveness is essential.
G.J. Ogden inserts into this world all sorts of fun tidbits to be studied and he meshes them incredibly well. There is societal studies on religion, relationships, the end of childhood, truth, as well as war. He blends his elements within the weaving of his tale and you never notice because the story flows so smoothly. I was surprised the story ended so fast because it felt like I just started and it left me wanting more.
5.0 out of 5 starsWholesome, timeless and a good romp.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 22, 2021
The story caught my breath several times as I raced ahead to see what would happen then having to reread in case I missed something. The characters were caricatures of “types” but, unusually, this enhanced the the plots rather than diminishing them. Interesting use of planet, moon and space station not necessarily being our planet and yet it didn’t detract from the reading at all. Perhaps I’m strange but this trilogy had a beginning, several middles and an end*...my kind of book! *Dare I say, “happy ending”? Well I have; so bang goes my chance of this re view being published. Thanks for your time and effort Mr. G.
4.0 out of 5 starsWell written, decent storyline and well-developed characters
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2021
An entertaining and well-written story in three parts, telling of the planetsider survivors of an apocalypse and some mysterious arrivals from the skies. The characters are, in the main part, really well developed and the story lines sufficiently interesting to keep your focus. The plot unfolds at a good pace and there are plenty of surprises and moments of relief along the way.