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An intriguing idea that's poorly executed.,
This review is from: Dark Space (Sentients of Orion S.) (Paperback)As the Amazon synopsis explains, Jo-Jo Rasterovich - mineral scout and general waster- discovers a god like being on the edge of space called Sole. What is it and what does it want?
This idea caught my interest and so I bought the book. Unfortunately De Pierres focuses the story on Mira - a Baronessa who has the hereditary ability to pilot ships and Trin, the future Principe (King) and his fall from grace. Their stories interlink and make up the majority of the book.
This is a four book series so it is understandable that De Pierres doesn't want to reveal the central idea completely in book one but even so, to focus the story on the two characters above was a wasted opportunity. Neither are at all likeable, both are self-obsessed whiners, Mira especially, who prattles on consistently about how unfair everything is. When the reader can empathise with the main characters a book becomes much more enjoyable but there is no chance of that occurring here.
If the Author had focused on Jo-Jo and the other main character- an academic named Tekon- who has been chosen as one of the select few to interact with Sole then perhaps the book could have been saved, sadly she doesn't.
However, the biggest problem I had with this book is the undertone of sexism towards men. All the male characters are selfish and aggressive monsters, basically scum. Whilst virtually all the women are martyrs: generous, understanding, caring and warm. The idea that either sex is wholly good or bad is laughable and naive but this is one of the author's key themes and it really begins to grate.
Moreover, as a previous reviewer stated, the novel use of language (a form of futuristic Italian) is maddening.
Overall, this was very disappointing and I'll not be picking up the second book : 'Chaos Space' when it comes out.