Descent: Volume 1 (Falaha's Journey Trilogy) Paperback – 29 Nov 2012
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About the Author
Jeno Marz is a science fiction writer from Latvia, Northern Europe, with background in Electronics Engineering and Computer Science. She writes science fiction that is mostly xenocentric, incorporating military, high-tech, science, horror, romance, and family relationships themes. All her fiction is aimed at an adult audience.
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The narrator and MC is a five-year-old girl, Falaha. Another main character is introduced later in (he even gets his POV time in the end), and this is where the story really picks up pace with plenty of tension and excitement.
Falaha is unique, interesting and complex character, and the male leads have some secrets up their sleeves. Every one of them is likeable in one way or another, and you'll get attached to the main cast by the end of this part, if not earlier.
The dialogue is always natural and believable.
The ending is unexpected and will leave you wanting to know what happens next.
This is fast-paced, multilayered story set in the tightly constructed universe. Every word counts, nothing is wasted. The story is episodic and some might feel uncomfortable with that, but the plot is imaginative and well thought out.
One more thing needs to be said here -- there are no humans in this story and not everyone might like sci-fi without human characters or any connections to the fate of humanity/Earth in some way.
Overall a very enjoyable read.
Point of View: The story is told from a single point of view but it is in episodes, so it feels as if you are reading a TV series.
Voice: The author is a fan of episodic science fiction but I do not think there is enough here to make a determination on voice.
Character Development: I found this area to be a bit choppy but in the end you do become attached to both the female and male lead.
Plot: As science fiction goes the author does well to tie in a plot but as an introduction into what shall become a great series I feel that there was to much that could not be told in such a short amount of time. Although it will peak the interest of the reader to read another in the series if just to find out more about the civilizations.
Dialogue: Not enough to make a determination one way or another. If I was to hazard an opinion it would be that the dialogue did not cause issues in the story.
Pacing: Fighting right out of the gate, like a good science fiction should.
Setting: I would like to know more about this, as I said there simply is not enough time to tell or set all of the needed facts to make a determination.
Continuity: I again think this is supposed to be the start of the series and I figure that the author has done a superb job of peaking the interest of the reader. The next shall be on my list of books to lookout for.
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