- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 698 KB
- Print Length: 208 pages
- Publisher: Gere Donovan Press; 1.0 edition (31 Oct. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0061YA5O0
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226,503 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Second Star (Star Svensdotter Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The writing style is rather breathless. It is all pace - nothing slows down the narrative. But what kills it for me is having a central character, a leader, fail to grasp the essential physics of where they live and work. It'd be fatal. Fast. I gave up before reading the plot twist. I couldn't face another explanation based on misunderstanding the physics and I began to fear that the plot twist would hinge on the missing gravity field.
We follow Star, who is in charge of building and developing a man made planet called Ellfive.
The story is told through her eyes, she has to deal with different problems not only from earth but other settlements, as well as Ellfive.
The writing as far as I am concerned is very good, and I would read this author again.
Having read other reviews of this book, I feel that a lot of people are critical because it is not their normal genre, O.K some of the science facts are incorrect ( I'm not a techy minded person ) but this is Science Fiction, The last part says it all "Fiction".
After all said and done top writers used to think that Mars was inhabited by Martians.
Back to the book, we are given some information on the state off Earth both Political and human population, and as this is the first in the series, some background is required to make some sense of what is happening and why, also the main character is a woman, this makes a change from all the macho guys.
For me a good read and would not hesitate to read other books by this author.
Five stars from me
Much too much science in this fiction at first in my opinion. No idea why I kept on reading. Well, I have an idea: It is another of her enigmatic female main characters that just kept me glued to the book.
After Stabenow has described the space world in the book in all those scientific and Latin expressions the story fully kicked off with an interesting love story and a failed take over of her world.
And, of course, there is extraterrestrial intelligence involved. Nothing more exciting than that.
If you love science fiction that takes the science part serious that's the series for you. If you love science fiction more for the excitement allow yourself to get through the initial struggle with her world building and you won't be disappointed either.
The book is entirely from the perspective of the project manager Astrid Svensdotter and documents her personal and political struggle to see the project through to completion.
L5 is an O'Neill cylinder orbital habitat of the type also referred to as an 'Island 3' design.
The end result is very reminiscent of Ben Bovas 'Grand Design' novels and a little of Heinleins - 'The moon is a harsh Mistress' though the style and content are closer to Bova. The story is character driven rather than tech driven and easily digested. There used to be a lot of SF like this written back in the boom years of the space program - less so these days. Its nice to see some optimistic realist based SF.
This is a great story, very well written with some excellent sections of good descriptive writing. I would think that even those readers not entirely comfortable with SF might find this enjoyable, as it focuses more on the human element rather than the technology. The plot is carefully thought out, and develops nicely as you move through the storyline.
Although there are some descriptions of violence and death, they are in context and the story does not dwell on them excessively. I found that I didn't want to put the book down until I had finished reading it all the way through; and I will definitely be looking out for the sequel stories. Well worth downloading to the Kindle.
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