I waited anxiously for this book, unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. The writing was fine and the storyline was even decent (the only reason I gave it a 3), however, my main disappointment was in the fact that the author did not do his homework related to the series prior to writing this novel. You would think that prior to writing in this genre..an author would immerse themselves in watching the episodes to get a true picture of the characters. He missed the mark on several counts.
First, the character of Rodney McKay was poorly written. If you really watch the series you learn quite early that while Dr. McKay can be irritating, and is sort of an egomaniac...he is NOT a coward. I admit he is not the bravest person on the series, but when push comes to shove..he steps up to the plate. The author actually describes him as a coward early in the book. In addition, there is always banter between McKay and Sheppard, and while there was some of that, it sort of missed the mark for me, and as this novel takes place at least 5 years in..(Mr Woolsey is in charge) true fans know that Sheppard, McKay, Ronan and Teyla may argue and gritch but they are actually very close friends.
Second, Ronan's character back-story was poor. As mentioned in a previous reveiw, the tracking device is not in the lower back, it is in the upper back where a runner is unable to reach it. Another serious flaw...Ronan stated in the episode "The Shrine" that he was taught to hunt and track by his grandfather by age 6. In this book...he states he is not a hunter and is taught to hunt and track by another runner...seriously...could this guy not have watched the series? Why would you write a book about something you don't research..and if you are not a fan..why would you want to write a SGA novel...there are too many fans who know the episodes by heart that will pick you to pieces.
I did finish the novel, but admit that at one point I was so frustrated I almost quit. After finishing it, I was able to put things in perspective and overall, the story was imaginative...but true fans will find the inconsistencies frustrating and since SGA was canceled, we are all looking to get our SGA fix...and this was like eating sugar free candy when you are craving sugar.