GENRE: Fiction – Young Adult Sci-fi
NUMBER OF PAGES: 186
SERIES / STANDALONE: Guy Erma and the son of Empire #1
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead book tours
My taste for scientific fiction declined thanks a lot of writers who went on a stereotyping spree there by producing a lot of similar books with more or less the same elements. After all fiction is a product of a man’s imagination but stereotyping that is akin to obstructing creativity. This writer, Sally Ann Melia thankfully broke all stereotypes by narrating a tale which is set in an advanced generation long ago but with the same human characteristics as the present world. Never did I regret picking up this book.
In this installment of the series, Sally narrates tales of two boys, one, a prince of the empire, Theodor and other, a reluctant model-aspiring fighter-bastard child, Guy Erma. Both the characters are similar yet have a paramount of difference between them. The narration is set in a faraway planet with astounding technological improvements like flying droids that act as cameras and flying disc which act as transport medium. Theodor ends up being kidnapped by people who don’t believe that the Dome (a part of the planet in which the narration is set) should be closed. His mother,Sayginn, embarks on a mission to find missing Theodor. The elaborate description of the Dome is a treat to read. The description was accompanied by beautiful sketches that re-affirmed by visual image from the description.
The story line as such doesn’t have any logical loopholes but sort of lacks explanation in certain parts. After all, this is the first book in the series and may be the writer has more to explain about in the other books. I found the starting of the book a bit uncomfortable and hazy to read for the story sort of began with a bang and a lot of technical terms. Thankfully, the writer added an appendix which made me comfortable therein after. I felt that the writer could have done way better in the characterization department. A couple of major characters (Sayginn and Guy Erma) were well developed with a lot of finesse while other major characters (Theo, Chart Segat) were a bit shallow. Again, I’m expecting to know more about these characters in subsequent books.
The writing needless to say was crisp and neat, conveying what exactly the writer probably envisaged to convey. One line of thinking that stood out was the underlying politics. The technology may have grown leaps and bounds in that planet, but the humans still remain the same with the same qualities of present. This whole mix of human politics and technological advancement made this book a fast paced and interesting read. I just had to pick up the next book! (Thankfully, I have all the three books! This is turning out to be one nail biting series where the readers can’t possibly wait for the next installment)
MY SAY: A fast paced and interesting scientific fiction that is worth a read!
PLOT : 8/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 2/10 (The lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 8/10
AUTHOR LINKS: Website
BOOK LINKS: Amazon, Goodreads