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Dark Space Kindle Edition
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Whilst I will agree with other reviewers that the characters are not as well rounded and the science isn't as accurate as it could be, there are some inspired and novel twists that keep it interesting. There are elements that feel rushed however the balance between dialogue and narrative mean that this is a fun, fast-paced read that has you wanting more. I hope that in future books more time can be given to developing the characters without losing the sense of momentum. In short; don't expect this to be Iain M banks and you will be pleasantly surprised. I will certainly be buying the next instalment.
It's well-written. In particular the ship to ship battle scenes are as exciting as any movie, and the descriptions of the various locations do well to bring them to life, even though the same could not be said for the characters in my opinion. I liked Ethan as a protagonist, but none of the characters really 'came to life' or made a particularly lasting impression.
I deducted 1 star from my rating because I found the plot twists to be unbelievable and I was largely underwhelmed by them.
The second thing is that the author uses made-up words instead of swear words, which just didn't appeal to me at all. In fact, the first time such a word was used in the book I thought is was silly, and I didn't realize that it was even supposed to be a swear word.
Lastly, and this is just something minor, the primary antagonist in the story is sometimes given a nickname when he's referred to, and it isn't ever explained or even implied as to why they call him this (unless I missed it somewhere), so this bothered me a little.
As others have pointed out, the complete lack of any laws of physics really broke all immersion I had in this book. Cases where characters are in the vacuum of space, bleeding through their space suit? Explosions in space? Also, a really odd use of very small distances when explaining fights that have been previously explained to be going at tremendous speeds. There are many such examples and while this may not bother everyone, for me my formal education just screams at me every time I experience something like this, perhaps I am too literal minded.
The editing is also quite bad. At one point a character calls the main character by his true name when they were absolutely not supposed to know, then switches back to using his alias again. To me that is just lazy. Also the use of scenes are repeated through the book, the character unbelievably shooting a missile traveling at great speed and great distance with a blind shot from a laser. Twice. Again this seems lazy to me. Near the end of the book it also feels very rushed, there is a blatant overuse of adjectives and sentences that are entirely irrelevant to the plot or any character building, leading it to read like one of my early school essays where I would waffle just to fill up the word count. If this has all been fixed since I bought this book a few months back, then I apologize.
Also, some aspects of the story seem very contrived, where characters make inexplicably bad decisions, which all seem in order to march the story to a place the author wants the plot to go.Read more ›
The part of the book that I found difficult was the writer's licence with (or ignorance of) the laws of physics. It is fine for science fiction writers to invent crazy new technology, but the laws of physics still apply. The space battles form a major part of this book, but there are endless examples of 'star wars' physics that completely ruin my suspension of disbelief. Three examples of things a writer of science fiction should really know: there is no 'upside down' in space, space ships do not stop moving when they run out of fuel, you cannot see a laser beam in a vacuum. There are plenty more.
If you think I am knit-picking then they should buy this book, you'll probably enjoy it.
As others have said, the descriptions of the space battles are as exciting as any Hollywood movie, and in many cases, possibly more so!
The people who have complained about it "not being Shakespeare" or that the characters lack depth are daft - you don't go to the cinema to watch Transformers and then complain about the one dimensional characters - you go to see giant robots and explosions! The same applies to Dark Space II - you read this for the epic space battles and overarching story of humanity on its last legs - and this it does incredibly well!
Read it with that in mind and you won't be disappointed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good story which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. A very interesting start to what should be a great series, an unusual hero who may be old but is certainly still up for it. Read morePublished 20 days ago by miAmazon Customer
Simplistic and one dimensional. An ideal young-adult introduction to sci-fi perhaps.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Overall this was an enjoyable read. I m compelled to read the next one!Published 26 days ago by Enfant Terrible
You will not be disappointed with this book this was a very good read hope the next book is as goodPublished 1 month ago by tonyh
Initially when I started reading Dark Space, I felt that I was about to become jaded by what is a very familiar SciFi format. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sparky
It provides an engaging read when you want story and characterisation to blend. Easy to read but maintains a level of story to keep things interestingPublished 2 months ago by Colin Colin Colin
Thin characterisation, too much action, massive plot jumps. I just couldn't get into either the characters or the plot line. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Grognard
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