I love the idea of marines fighting in space. I love the semi postapocalyptic feel it has to it, in that Earth is not in the best of shape. I also like that it involves Earth, and bases itself solidly as the future of our society, not some far off alien race who are kind of humans, but not quite. I am no scientist, but the science used in these books feels plausible. The concept of warp-gates that allow instant travel over great distances, while the spacecraft themselves are not capable of traveling faster than light provides an interesting mix of colonisation over the galaxy, but then a fleet may need days or weeks to traverse across a solar system before being able to use the warp gate. I just really like it.
The story itself is engaging. The first book being in the first person was interesting, and although I have been exposed to a few novels in this format in recent years, this one did not seem forced nor did it feel like it was just trying to fit in with a trend towards these kinds of narratives.
When the second book switched to being from a normal perspective, allowing for the introduction of more characters, and a greater scope things got even more intense. Within the first few chapters of the second book I was even more hooked. To use a cliche, the plot really did thicken. I was dying to know what was hidden on a certain planet...I had my suspicions but every time I felt there was about to be a big reveal, it didn't happen.
My only issue with these books is that there do seem to be quite a few typos. I am used to seeing one or two in a book, but I just found myself constantly coming across them. Now, the world Allan created here was enough to distract me from them, but for some people the amount of typos might be irritating.
I cannot wait to read the other books in this series.