I’d love to have so many reviews come in that I can feature one each week. And I hope they’re all as glowing as this one from Wade:
What Howey has done here is create a story so complex in nature, yet so well-contained that it is enjoyable on many levels. This feeling echoes throughout the characters, settings, and themes readers are presented with page after page, leaving you wanting to soak up everything this adventure has to offer. I occasionally found myself so exhausted upon finishing a chapter because this story makes you THINK and consider tough issues that can’t possibly be tied up nicely. For me, this is the mark of a great read!
The author has also brought together a wonderful ensemble cast and managed to create characters that you respect, appreciate, and love because of and in spite of their flaws. The characters and the planets they inadvertently reach are presented with such an authenticity that readers can’t help but trust the author’s intentions. I found myself rooting for the characters to succeed, yet also damning their character flaws at the same time (and then laughing at how organic it all felt)! In my humble opinion, the final member that joins the ranks of the Starship Parsona truly rounds out the team and gives them an appealing advantage – a soul.
We are with Molly and Cole throughout the entire book, yet my favorite components included the introduction of new characters and worlds, only so endearing by the excitement from Molly’s vantage point. So many parts of this story reminded me of other great reads, science fiction and beyond, that I found myself with both a sense of familiarity and newness. It isn’t often that a book can leave so much so in its path and promise for more of the same. If you want to read a great book, pick up the Parsona Rescue. If you just want an o.k. book, I hear Dan Brown’s got a new one out :)