This review is from: Aurora: CV-01
(The Frontiers Saga) (Kindle Edition)
First off, the story is not bad, though I wouldn't call it terribly original. Just previous to this book I read another self published book and the similarities between this one and that are eerie. By no means am I saying one story was plagiarized over another, but it's obvious this story in this genre has been done a lot. They both share the same plot and setup, only the characters are different:
* New Earth government after dark times
* New flagship spacecraft on maiden voyage
* Experimental device that lets said ship 'jump' great distances through space
* Meeting and involuntary assisting an alien race against a brutal and overwhelming enemy
* Alien race is distant relative to humans on Earth
* Alien race is very advanced, yet comment on how amazing some of the Earth technology is, such as the ability to 'jump' the ship light years through space in an instant.
Each of these points are in both books. So it's something to think about when moving forward with a sequel.
As for characters, they all seemed rather bland and one dimensional. Nathan, the protagonist, is cut from the same mold as every other character I've read about that is 'standing in his father's shadow. Except, that I didn't feel Nathan really developed throughout the story. Nathan is more like a 13 year old boy as opposed to a recently graduated Navy cadet.
The secondary characters were a little more interesting, with Vlad being the most interesting (and least seen) character in the book.
My last bit of criticism is POV. The point of view in this book is generally from Nathan's perspective, but it's really all over the place and leads to quite a bit of confusion. It's ok to have POV shift from chapter to chapter and even in a chapter as along as there is a scene break between the paragraphs. However, throughout the entire story POV shift will occur from one paragraph to another and sometimes within the same paragraph. There were some POV shifts that occurred with characters not even in the same vicinity of the other characters.
It makes for a tough read when Nathan finishes speaking and in the next paragraph you are in Cam's head and the next paragraph you are back into Nathan's head. I understand the reason was to 'color in' some more details as to what is happening, but it makes it a really sloppy read.
To close on a positive note, I really do love these types of stories, a great space adventure that isn't so techie you get bored with the science talk. There is a lot of potential here and I would love to see these character's really mature and grow.