Book review. Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter by Kent Wayne

Pre-review comments:

I’ve had this in my drafts folders for weeks now. I was angry at you (and for you) Kent Wayne I really was angry at how the book ended. Now I’ve mellowed and decided discuss my own issues on a separate blog post because it’s not fair to take my frustrations out as it would seem on one writer, which I won’t. There is also swearing in this review to warn you. As I always say these are my opinions and make your own judgements by discovering it for yourself readers as you should in life. Find your own truth, don’t believe everything you’re told on face value.

Review:

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My final reaction to the ending of this book was to swear (or curse if you prefer). I was feeling a build up, a fizz, a few threads were coming together, I was intrigued; something was happening. But it finished at the end of a chapter rather than the end of a book. I was so disappointed. I was angry. Do you know why? Because it was potentially going to put people off from reading the next book, it nearly did that to me.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been in the cinema watching a film and you notice it only reaches part way up the room and you only reach half way down to the screen and you never quite touch? No? Only me then. This happened to me years ago watching To Kill a King with Tim Roth and Dougray Scott and it’s stuck with me ever since as a measure of things.

Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter kind of did this to me too. There was quite a lot of background but I drifted in the world and I didn’t read it at every opportunity so I knuckled down. I wanted to give it a chance to make sure it wasn’t me. I enjoyed the characters, I enjoyed the internal struggle and the excellent social commentary. I felt for Atriya, for his confusion and growing repressed fear of just what the fuck is going on that turned to anger and the searching for something.

I mean take a read of the synopsis I’ve snaffled from Amazon.

In the late 21st century, humanity left Earth due to multiple resource shortcomings aggravated by an acceleration in climate change. They settled Echo, a planet that was nearly a carbon copy of Earth except for being devoid of all but the most basic life forms. Fast forward 1200 years later. Echo has endured over a thousand years of dark age. Corporations and government merged early on, becoming the oppressive authority known as the Regime. Military and police merged into the Department of Enforcement, their only mission to crush the huge network of rebels known as the Dissidents. Over half the planet is covered by decaying cityscapes and the elite live high above, removed and remote from the greater populace on the moon-city of Ascension. Hope lies in one man, a former Enforcer named Atriya. But before he can break the cycle of darkness and ignorance on Echo, he has to do it within himself.

Exciting eh and it is thick with layers it’s a true and solid other world full of piss and shit and real searching. But honestly it is pulled thin in this book, it left me dangling and wanting and if I were superstitious I would have my fingers crossed than when I give this series another chance, which it deserves, and when I click that buy button it won’t make me angry again but it will grow and pull me in. It will get it’s grimy Sci-Fi fingers around my ankle and yank me hard on to the mean streets where I don’t know where the best place is to get away from the Regime.

Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter by Kent Wayne. 08/08/2015 Publisher /

ISBN: B013NYPV94

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Book review. The Lonely Dark by Ren Warom

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Cover art by Daniele Serra

‘Hey you’re two years behind’ I hear you say.

‘Story of my life’ I say while taking a wind up to kick you in the shins.

I stumbled across this novella by accident, let me try to recall….no, it isn’t coming back to me at all. It doesn’t make any difference anyway. I saw it there on Amazon and bought it then and there after reading the synopsis, here it is from the Fox Spirit site.

Irenon and the Cerenauts aboard her will be the final hope of thousands of colonists deserted after the failure of the AI deep space programme. The burden falls on Ingmar and Yuri, orphans both, chosen for their ability to cope with isolation and innate mental strength. But how to anticipate what level of strength might be needed when only one creature, the AI Danai, knows what waits for them out there in the darkness? Danger that cannot be seen, quantified, or understood. That will find them in their worst and best memories, the sanctuaries and horrors of their past and, eventually, the corridors of the Irenon herself.

This is where Ingmar will finally understand the last words Danai said to her, a warning: Stay away from the lonely dark.

Now the first thing I need to let you know is you in no way need to be a fan of Sci-Fi to love or even like this book. The way Ren Warom writes is mesmerizing and as I have said to other people it is beautifully raw and refined. I had to read bits over and over again not because I wasn’t following or couldn’t understand but because Ren Warom sucked me into that world which was so real and flawed that I had to keep living it in my mind. It ripped at my introversion that I’m more than happy with and forced me as a tiny speck into the massive swallowing universe. I was with Ingmar the whole way. Read this book if you are a human or experience human emotions, read this book if you struggle with being alone, read this book if you enjoy being alone.

 

The Lonely Dark by Ren Warom. Published by Fox Spirit Books 3rd December 2014

ISBN: 978-1909348714