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The basic story is nothing new: rebels against a giant commonwealth. We even have a tall, polite robot buddyed up with a small alien. We have a universal translator (everyone does not speak English) but it's not clear how it works off ship. We even have the earthman stranded in space and rescued by aliens. So that's allusions to Star Wars and Star Trek, Firefly and Farscape, plus direct references to 'the Barsoom sector'.
Unfortunately, these all seem to indicate the derivative nature of the work and the author's lack of imagination, rather than evidence of clever allusions or humour.
Most of the action consists of going shopping and running away from the baddies. How the said baddies always raid premises just after the hero arrives is never explained. The hero has an amazing ship and better tech and yet the baddies have successfully subdued the species that made fleets of those ships. It doesn't quite add up. I just can't be bothered to point out all the other unexplained events or plot inconsistencies.
Finally, all the action takes place in the 'historical present' - past action described in the present tense - even when describing flashbacks. 'He pulls his gun and fires …' Not only is this not correct English, it is incredibly tedious and when the action is already repetitive it makes reading a chore.
Generic and copied too much from Farscape and Guardians of the Galaxy. Dialogue was clunky, characters one dimensional; a quiet strong guy, a kick ass woman. But they don’t have any personalities beyond that.
I am trying to get through this, but the present tense verbiage is all wrong. It makes for an awkward read of what seems to be a decent story. I finally just started ignoring the "wrong" tense verbs and converting them into the "correct" tense. Do you want to work that hard? That is up to you.
I am not a huge fan of stories jumping forward and back in the timeline. This story did just that, as we start in the middle, but with every chapter jump back in time to what should have been the beginning, only to break off to return to the middle of the tale again.
It ruined the flow of the tale.
The characters were also not sympathetic, nor was the story one that makes you think they are all that heroic.
It proved to be a story I just didn't care about. I didn't know the characters enough to like/dislike them, and the world was also too unformed to give me something to think about.
This is a fun read but has some fundamental problems. First, it is a very close take (rip-off or homage? You decide) on Farscape, the 1990s TV show. There is very little character development and the plot hinges on understanding the characters’ motivations. The information does eventually come, in the form of flashbacks, but not very effectively. If you’re willing to read through the early ambiguity it is a fun light read. The action scenes (and there are many) are well written and exciting. So, I gave it 2 stars, and probably won’t read the next episodes.