Quick Shot Book Reviews (18)

Posted 13 July, 2016 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 2 Comments

Quick Shot Book Reviews

28118539Behind the Throne (The Indranan War #1) by K.B. Wagers

SciFi adventure, 432 pages, paperback; expected publication August 2, 2016 by Orbit; source: publisher

Hail is one hell of a gunrunner, having worked long and hard to make a name for herself and her crew throughout the galaxy. That comes to an end, though, when her mother sends a couple of trackers to find her and drag her home, kicking and screaming (at times, literally). You’d think that an adult woman would be able to do her own thing…but that’s not possible when your mother is the Empress and you’re the only remaining heir. Eventually, Hail resigns herself to her fate (she kind of has to) and throws herself into the political game while still refusing to compromise who she is or bow to the dictates of the court, all while trying to figure out who killed her siblings and who’s gunning for her. I can’t believe that this book is a debut! It’s wonderfully crafted with great worldbuilding and solid characters. 4.5 stars


26042767The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers

SciFi, 417 pages, paperback; published July 5, 2016 by Harper Voyager; source: publisher

Holy cow, this is an amazing world that Chambers has created. I think the most impressive thing about the whole book is the worldbuilding. There are a multitude of aliens, planets, cultures and languages, all described in such a way that it’s almost like a travelogue, rather than an adventure story. And, actually, that’s one of my quibbles, too. It doesn’t really have a lot of suspense or a strong central plot or character to keep the action moving forward. There are multiple POV’s (too many at times) and lots of observation and description which is all well and good but I was also looking for a bit more suspense than “hey, we’ve got to build a wormhole over here in this quadrant for these extremely volatile and warlike and it’s going to be hard to get there”. Still, I’m a huge fan of travelogues so I really enjoyed the story and hope that the author continues to produce amazing work. 4 stars


17235026The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Horror, 460 pages, paperback; published June 19, 2016 by Orbit; source: purchased

I’ve heard a lot about this book and finally got to it! (Helps that it’s going to be a movie–I like to read the book before the movie.) It lived up to its promise, that’s for sure. It starts out with a young girl getting strapped into a chair while big, burly guards hold guns on her. Then she’s wheeled down to a classroom filled with kids strapped to chairs. Some of those kids disappear as the story progresses, and Melanie wants to know why they’re taken away and where they go when they don’t come back. Told through several POVs, this story slowly builds tension as we try to figure out what’s going on, what Melanie is and what these teachers and scientists are trying to do with the kids. Taut and suspenseful, this story grabs hold and doesn’t let go until the very end. 4 stars


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