New Paradigm by Michael Powers
Warning: Contains a few sexually explicit scenes
New Paradigm by Michael Powers is the story of ten thousand humans travelling to their new planet thanks to Earth’s overpopulation and their struggles to build a new civilization and their first hundred years on the planet.
That’s a lot of story to cover, and although intrigued, when I saw that the book was under two hundred pages, I got a little worried. How was the author going to adequately portray the growth and development of not only the characters, but the world in that little bit of book? Well, after the first couple chapters of the colonists actually getting to New Paradigm, after that, the chapters jump ahead by a few years, so you have to really pay attention to chapter headings, otherwise you’ll get lost. The author tried to make the new world dangerous and foreign with various creatures, but the main conflict with the other species fell flat. But I should have seen that coming.
Although the book had an intriguing premise, the overall story and execution fell flat. Along with the punctuation and grammatical errors, there wasn’t a lot of story telling or chances to connect with the characters. To put it kindly, this is a finished first draft or a very rough second draft of a story that needs to be polished. A lot of the times, the book read like a report with little to no character involvement, especially when the author was explaining how the ship or the new world worked. When it came to the science fiction elements and the explanations of the technological advances, the author went into great detail and I could see where his interest lie. The world building aspect of the story was fairly solid. I also like that the author embraced open relationships between the colonists. If you’re going to repopulate an entire planet, you’ve got to have an open mind! But actual character development and emotional growth was lacking. A lot of the story was written in passive voice, I was told what was happening to the characters but not shown, which made it really hard to connect with any of the characters, which is sad, because I wanted to like Captain Sean and his wife, Illie, along with a host of other characters.
My Rating: 1.4/5
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