Top critical review
3 people found this helpful
Great first novel, but let down slightly in some areas
on 27 April 2016
If there's one thing I hate in SF, it's overwhelmingly advanced and powerful alien invaders that are then defeated by a ridiculous deus ex machina; the movie "Independence Day" sums this up nicely. Here Moss has struck a nice balance; the aliens are more advanced than us in many ways, but they have logical and believable vulnerabilities that enable the human heroes to fight back in a realistic fashion. If that were all I had to say, this review would have 5 stars.
Unfortunately, it loses a couple of stars for three reasons. Firstly (and this probably applies only to the Kindle edition) the formatting is poor. Each paragraph is separated from the next by a blank line, with the first line not indented. When reading this tends to make it look like each new paragraph is a break in the narrative and this interrupts the flow.
Secondly, as noted by other reviewers, there really are too many spelling/grammar errors and more than one factual error. Many, perhaps all, of the spelling errors are possible automatic corrections, e.g. "site" instead of "sight", "loosing" instead of "losing", "passed" instead of "past", but regardless of their origin, they really should have been picked up in a single thorough read-through. Factual errors, such as thinking Hammersmith is anywhere near the M5, are equally inexcusable when checking a map is so simple.
Finally, for the narrative, it does get a little bogged down in the details around the middle. Moss has spent a lot of time and effort describing the wheres and the hows of the human defence plans, but I'm not sure we needed the level of detail provided. Much of this narrative, were this to be made as a movie, would end up on the cutting-room floor, if it ever made it to the script.
Overall it's a great first novel, and I'm happy to start the next in the series, hoping that Moss has secured the services of a proof-reader for that volume...