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I definately recommend this book, and i will be buying book 2 when it becomes available.
You follow two teenagers who are thrown together in an escape shuttle, one should be there, one shouldnt. as the story develops you follow how they adjust to their new environment.
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The author uses excellent descriptive vocabulary and is a master with similes and metaphors. To be fair, sometimes he has put in too emphasis on description where perhaps inference from dialogue might have been a better choice, but his style works. I got a vivid picture of events and detail with effective illustrative use of prose.
The main protagonist is Josh, a 15 year old boy living on a generational star ship called the USC Westbound, rescuing the last survivors of earth. The author doesn't waste a lot of time detailing the vessel, providing clues through the plot so that the pacing is uninterrupted. Josh has been trained in the `Academy' quarter of the vessel, somewhat reminding me of the Private Military Boarding school my own 15 year old son attends except this one is on acid! It is a harsh school preparing colonist children at a young age for the rigours of new worlds because they are the last chance for the human race to survive. Our hero is not a poster boy for the school; in fact he is a discipline case wasting away in a cell. The ship, however, is in peril. A rebellion and catastrophic disease have decimated the survivors and crew. Insurgents try to steal away in the last remaining shuttles so Josh, immune to the disease, is whisked away by soldiers to fulfil his mission. Escaping in the shuttle, however, he finds his female stowaway partner is not Academy trained, and he resents the burden she will place on him.
As seen from the title page, after an unusually long cryogenic sleep, they crash-land on an earth-like planet (perhaps it is earth, but we are never told). Josh must overcome his contempt and impatience with Leah, a 17 year old quiet religious girl. I felt the author portrayed the teenagers accurately, and in time of unthinkable disaster, some people turn to God, and others blame Him. Josh has been indoctrinated to avoid romances and Leah surprises him with skills that are badly needed. The author patiently develops their relationship and expresses their typical teenage awkwardness with ease. Both Josh and Leah must over come many challenges on the new world and stand together, despite a terrible secret he hides from the Academy.
I think the writer has a strong technological background of future weapons and computer systems reflected in his descriptions of the shuttle controls and combat sequences, of which there are plenty of nail biters. He also displays outdoor knowledge of the natural world making the story realistic and exciting. I won't reveal much more of the plot, but Josh and Leah struggle to overcome horrific discoveries in the new world. The ending was just right and though I had a lot of questions about the new planet, the author concentrates on the two main characters instead of bogging down the plot with too much history or explanation.
Overall, a superb book that I highly recommend to all science fiction readers for a good read you can't put down. Typical of impatient teenage boys, there is a little swearing, but clean of overt physical contact between the sexes. When he gets back from the mud of his military academy, I will show this to my son to read.
This is not only a great story line but grammatical structure is sophisticated to a point of finally being above the level of the simpleton literature that's recently flooded the literary market.
Finally, an author on scale with the intelligence level of Asimov
and O.S. Card.
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