This was a very difficult book for me to rate as there were times I really enjoyed the story line and arc, but at other time it felt slow and meandering. I think some of this was the pace the narrator also read the audiobook.
I liked the author’s ability to weave the story and describe various situations, but at times I found it hard to picture what was going on as well as other books I have read. Some of the action was well done and other seemed more flat. It seemed to be more inconsistent than I would have lived. I liked that the author included action sequences along with some downtime or release, but I would have liked some periods of build-up other than fighting, some more relationship issues, physical issues, or other struggles.
It was also somewhat difficult to rate this book because the story felt like it wanted to both be an adult message while also being in the young adult category based on some of humor and discussion of the characters. The book itself is a coming of age story and I will say much of the childish humor was removed by the end of the story; unsure if this was the author’s intention or not. On that note, I will say that book itself does use vulgar language so not really geared towards young readers, however this is not overly used or very frequent. I would have liked for the author to have used replacement words and the story could have been opened up to a larger audience.
I would have also like to have seen more of this mysterious power (Prep) but it seems to comes up when needed and never spoken of again until it was needed again. This may also become more apart in future books. I would have liked to have had some more background or flashbacks giving me more on this power, etc. In the same way, I would have liked to have some other flashbacks regarding this struggles and other events one learned near the end of the book. These would have made the story more enjoyable for me if woven throughout the book. I think this would have helped me to better empathize with with various characters.
I really liked that the author did not only use the standard science fiction tropes throughout the book. Not only were there futuristic weapons, but also swords, knives, and bows. It made for some interesting battles. I also enjoyed the ship to ship fights, but would have like to have had more description of image of the scale, color, etc. Again, these did not take away from the story, but would have enhanced it.
I’m not sure if I would re-listen/re-read to the book if given the chance. This is not that I did not like the story, but I more that I have many other books to get though that this would need to wait some time before I would be able to get back to it.
I would recommend the book to my other friends that are readers of science fiction. I’m not sure the story would be as embraced as a more contemporary or movie based action film like Star Wars, etc. Again I do not want people to think this is a bad book, but more that it is a book that is good for its type, not a good cross-over book.
At times I really liked the narrators voice in the Audiobook, but I will say this is read slowly and it is the first book I have listened to at a faster than normal pace (mostly 1.25x or 1.5x) I would have liked to have have heard more inflection in his voice during heavy action scenes.
My biggest reaction was at the opening chapter and near the last chapter. I like the early story of his youth and what he experienced. I also wanted a full chapter about the event that came up near the end of the book and really lets the reader know some personal items from his life.