Home: Interstellar by Ray Strong
Warning: Contains violence and some drug use
Home: Interstellar by Ray Strong is the story following Meriel, a spacer that suffers from PTSD even ten years after an attack on her family’s ship, the Princess, that killed everyone except her and a group of kids. Since the attack, she’s struggled to piece together what happened, as well as put her meager family back together. But someone’s trying to take her ship, and in doing so, sets off a chain of events that lead Meriel to discover a galaxy-wide conspiracy that higher ups would rather have left alone.
I found this book pretty enjoyable. I’m fairly new to the sci-fi genre, and was a little worried when I picked this book up, but the writing was well done, even if the jargon did remind me of some sort of military crime show, and the world building was superb. The author placed helpful footnotes with most abbreviations or references to the world’s history, which is something I haven’t seen much in fiction, but it worked and helped clear things up for me. That being said, with all the detail the author put into creating this world and crafting a good story, there was a layer of detail I felt was missing. He’d tell me about ships and stations and weapons, but would never give specific details which made some things hard to picture for me and the story would lose some depth. In any other genre, this wouldn’t be that big of an issue, but with sci-fi, my imagination is not so great and I need help with these things.
As a whole, I enjoyed the casting, although I wish Meriel had run up against a bit of resistance a little earlier on. Everything she does either leads to another answer in the big puzzle regarding what happened to her family, or she manages to get the answers she needs. She doesn’t fail much. There were some high stakes odds, but she doesn’t struggle much and as a result, I wasn’t very invested. She does have her own personal issues and the author does a great job winding all of that together (even I wasn’t so sure if she was hallucinating or not). Cookie was my favorite character, and I found the doctor as well as the big government powers to be a bit cliche in their roles. Besides that, they were fairly well developed and came to life on the pages.
My Rating: 3.6
Home: Interstellar is up for pre-order on Amazon for just $2.99 and will be released on September 4th.
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