It is time for my first book review and link for you to download a free e-book. This week’s free download is Solaris Seethes by Janet McNulty. You can get the free download for your kindle or e-reader. You can even download it and read it without having a kindle.
Fair warning, this book is the first in the series and the rest of the books so far are not free to read.
Unbeknownst to herself, Rynah in trying to escape her past, has put herself in exactly the right position for her past to catch up with her. A broken trust leads to the destruction of her entire planet and yet if ancient prophecy is correct, she will have to completely trust four stranger in order to save it from complete destruction. Worse yet, they are flaw-filled earth humans. All of them are guided by Solaris, a sassy ship with artificial intelligence. Truly Solaris Seethes in this book but also guides, nurtures, and acts out.
Together this gangly crew must search the planets and obtain sacred ancient crystals that have the capacity to protect all life. If they fail and the crystals fall into the hands of the one person who betrayed Rynah, he will use it to create a super weapon wreaking havoc on all who oppose him. Using ancient scripts and prophecies to guide them they race to collect the crystals before the villain. Along the way they fight space pirates, carnivorous house sized plants, sharks, and enlarged snow tigers.
This book is an action filled sci-fi adventure. If you are looking for a book to follow up Ender’s Game you will not find a worthy companion in this book. It is however an interesting enough read. At the end of the book I was interested in what was going to happen in the rest of the series. I think that the biggest strength is in the group of characters. They cover a broader spectrum of characteristics than most books. This makes it easier for a reader to identify or desire to identify with one of them.
The writing is a little rough and lacking sophistication however the novel does flow well. It would seem that this book is for a younger reader. Let it be known that although I’m no spry chicken I did enjoy it. There are a couple instances where they imply a desired sexual violence to the female protagonists. This is very mellow and it is not raunchy at all. I am a little more sensitive to it as currently I’m researching and studying sexual assault and sexual violence. I don’t think it was necessary for the plot of the story so it left a slight distaste in my mouth. Okay, off my soapbox now.
Like I said it flows well. From the very beginning you see action and it doesn’t stop the entire way through. The book does a good job of letting you imagine the possibilities of worlds out there different from our own.
I would give Solaris Seethes a 3.5 out of 5 stars. It was a good book. Nothing to write home about though. It was an easy read. I would have given it a higher rating if it had a little bit more slyness to the writing. A little more sophistication. I gave it a little above average of a rating because it was technically well written which made it easy to read.
Random Side Note:
While I usually love illustrations in books, I found the ones in this book to be too off from what I imagined. More of a 1950’s concept of space technology than a modern one. To each their own though.
Would I read this book again?
Truthfully. Sure. Why not. Here is the link.
Would I run out to buy the second book?
No. I would just occasionally wonder what happened to that one thing that she hinted at.
Would I recommend someone else to read this book?
Yes. Well. If that person didn’t have a lot on their plate and just needed to read something light and fluffy.