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This novel is pure Scott Rhine in that it is incredibly fast paced and doesn’t slow up at any point. It is like you have been strapped onto a rocket and blasted through a story full of twists, turns and action galore. If I had one issue with the style and structure of the book it would be that the pacing means it is easy to lose track of the details. There is so much going on at such a high pace, some people may quite simply struggle to keep up at times.
The plot itself is interesting, consistent and internally logical and was a fun journey from start to finish. A minor niggle would have to be that it did at times feel a little bit like an exercise in wish-fulfilment with Jezebel becoming almost superhuman in her ability to solve any problem without any real effort. Luckily Jezebel herself was a likeable character full of wit, loyalty and the odd flaw which meant most readers won’t begrudge her easy rise to becoming so powerful.
An interesting aspect of the novel is that the 2nd half is actually a re-working of Rhine’s novella “The Icarus Transformation”. I had actually already read the novella before but it was still interesting to see how he had managed to link this story with Jezebel’s. Unfortunately, to me the incorporation of this novella meant that the book felt like it was just two separate stories in Jezebel’s life which had been stuck together. It just don’t think it flowed very well and the movement between the two parts felt quite jarring.
Overall, this was an enjoyable, fast paced sci-fi adventure story which keeps you hooked right until the end. Most of the minor flaws probably all fallout from the break-neck pace that is utilised, but luckily you get carried along so quickly that you tend to forget any of the minor issues as quickly as you noticed them.
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I think discussion of this book has to come in two parts, the delivery and the content. Delivery first: this is a very well-written book. The plot is internally consistent, the pacing is appropriate, the grammar and vocabulary are top notch, the McGuffin is inventive, and the science is plausible. If the content appeals to you then you will find no barrier to your enjoyment in the delivery. The author is clearly a professional writer and knows his work.
The content did not appeal to me very much. This is an adventure that features a lot of wish-fulfillment, quickly making the protagonist the most powerful character with virtually no effort on her part. The secondary character has magical sex; I'm grateful it was not described in any detail. (I'd rate the book at most PG-13.) The characters take a back seat to the action, although I must add the action seems realistic (in the areas not touched by the McGuffin) and quite well-described. The opening of the book was promising in the area of character development, but that dwindled by the end of chapter one. Once the characters have a one-note back story the character development stops cold.
If you enjoy the book the good news is that there are two sequels.
Ignore stupid characters, stupid plot lines and focus on a few characters that might interest you and the book make a a fast though not very credible juvenile read.
For a darn reasonable price you get a speculative sci-fi thriller/mystery packed with humor, philosophy, religion, sociology, adult-flavored romance, and of course technology.
Honestly, I'm kind of amazed that he pulled it all off so wonderfully, seeing as most of the science, math, and technical jargon was way over my head! However, the plot just pulls you in and doesn't let go, twisting you around and around in the best way possible in the process. I was amused even when I was confused; that takes talent I tell ya!
Additionally, it was refreshing to see such a strong female protagonist in what I've noticed is a male protagonist dominated genre. Jezebel breaks all the molds and sets a new standard for literary female heros; one that won't deter male readers from enjoying the story at all. (Actually, if I was a man, I'd have a bit of a crush on her.)
Lastly, Sirius Academy is next on my to-read list, and I bet if you follow the easy instructions listed below, it will soon be on your list as well!
So, click the Buy-Now button, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the ride!