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  • Sovereign

  • By: Jeff Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,296
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,289

Micah Cole has been in deep space for three years while his parents chase their obsession with finding intelligence to the far corners of the universe, but Micah dreams of the friends he left behind and counts the days until they return home. When a devastating meteor shower nearly destroys their ship, Micah is separated from his family and stranded on Sovereign, a vast planet of raging rivers, towering forests, and deadly creatures. If Micah ever wants to see his family or his home again, he’ll have to learn to how to survive on a hostile alien world, all alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exploring strange new worlds

  • By Kingsley on 02-01-19

NOT like the Martian

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-19

The blurbs for this book compare it to the Martian, but that's misleading. This is mostly a teen coming of age story set in a Martian like setting without the "real-science" stuff that made the Martian a great read. So expect a lot of teen pining (and whining) that's not relatable if you are outside that age group.

The Universe the book is set in is interesting where ordinary people can explore the galaxy as contractors for a mining company, but it's not explored in any detail.

The voice acting is passable though the teen tone again makes it a little annoying. However that might just be me.

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  • Abaddon's Gate

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 18 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,394

The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is humanity ready for the stars?

  • By Lore on 02-03-14

Most predictable among the first 3 books

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Despite being the grandest of the novels till now, somehow Abaddon's Gate manages to be the most predictable. Some of it might be because it concentrates more on intra human conflicts on a single ship rather than its usual solar system wide scale. But some character arcs are so obvious I was willing the audio to run faster to get to the end. You could skip large parts of some character monologues and still completely understand the story. It seems more like a setup for the next novel.

I still enjoyed it though. The story still immerses the sci-fi nerd in me into it's near future and believable solar system better than most other epics. I'm still excited to know what will come next.