As a fan of science fiction i've always liked books that describe first contact with aliens etc. This book has a good storyline and interesting angle on the idea. There are a few typos etc that can be forgiven however it maybe just my preference but I find the writing style to be very very annoying. Although I liked the ideas contained in the book the ways its written means I wont be buying the next in the series.
A science-fiction wholly concerned with humanity’s first encounter with an alien race, First Contact is an interesting study into the human psychological response. The author uses a plot-driven story that spans numerous countries, environments, and people, while constructing a believable and yet mystifying alien race: the Gamin.
Numerous asteroids in space are soon suspected of being an alien attack and Earth finds itself paralysed and without response. Leaders of governments, motivated by self-interest, are in no cohesive shape to tackle the perceived threat…
First Contact starts with a detailed space battle, which was well-described and exciting; I felt I was really there, seeing the ships blast one another into submission using different tactics. The main narrative involved George Stanton, his wife and son. When George’s city is met with devastation, his family is left with nothing, until the Gamin aliens arrive with a massive spaceship, and then oddly start “recruiting” human workers. Wanting answers about the destruction of his city, George and his wife Lisa choose to work for the Gamin, whose alien ability to construct basic infrastructure is efficient. Through George, the reader sees Sharz, a Gamin, first hand. Sharz resembles George and Lisa in many ways, being kind, compassionate, and understanding. The Gamin relay messages through televisions to contact the human race directly. George’s perspective was what I liked most about First Contact because it focused purely on relations between humans and the Gamin.
First Contact is written in the present tense, and it took me a bit to get used to liking the style. It simplified some scenes and situations too much. However, further reading led me to conclude the tense wasn’t really the problem; it depended on the character and the focus of the plot. My enjoyment of First Contact was not consistent. There was a lot of explaining and many action scenes left my attention span wavering, especially with sub-characters Hayato and Radclyf. A lot of questions are posed about the Gamin, but few of them are answered. Most of the time, the reader is left with characters’ assumptions about Gamin motives, since they are not overtly hostile, social or co-operative.
When I had read 75% I realised that First Contact was extremely addictive and easy to read. The subject matter was very interesting, especially the ideas. Based on this fact, and my expectation that the sequel will be even better, I would certainly consider reading more from this author.
Terran Chronicles - First Contact explores the impact on humanity from an alien invasion in our not to distant future. The novel does well in terms of not over doing it with the "tech talk". Personally, that's a good thing as it keeps you engaged with the story.
I like the fact I'm reading a novel that takes a fictional event and shows how Countries and world leaders react, interact and form unexpected alliances as their wide ranging and hidden agendas are realised. This brings a good level of realism to the story and has you turning the pages faster as you want to find out more.
The opening of the story finds you observing a massive battle in space which very quickly shows you what this alien invader is capable of. That is taken to a whole new level when the invader comes to our neck of the woods in the Milky Way.
Even better is how the end of the novel leaves you wanting more. The good thing is there is more and I can't await for the next book in the Terran Chronicles series.
There is something for everyone and even if you don't read Sci-fi novels, Terran Chronicles - First Contact is different and think you'd be pleasantly engaged.
J. Jackson's foray into sci-fi is better than anything else he's done before. His direct, unadorned style of writing suits this kind of narrative brilliantly. An apparently straightforward story (today's world contacted by aliens) is handled really well, keeping it taut and highly engaging. Very upset the sequel is not out yet!