Saturday, June 3, 2017

Paradox: The Alien Genome by H.S. Rivney

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

First Impression: I'm a sucker for space travel and futuristic science.

Characters: The astronauts contrast in a natural way with the other world species. Relationships between the two tribes of people develop towards an interesting surprise or two!

World Building: Little touches like flora and fauna on a new planet paint a vivid picture in Paradox. The science and medicine are intriguing to contemplate, and I really enjoyed understanding Earth's biology while being transported elsewhere.

Writing Style: Rivney has great imagination and an understanding of giving characters backstory. The dialogue is sometimes lacking, but the characters communicate and grow in other ways...much like learning a new language. This isn't always easy to accomplish in sci-fi.

What I Enjoyed: I would like to spend some time on Beta Hydri IV, to get away from Earth awhile. Hopefully I could come back with something wonderful to share. I also enjoyed the science and genetics discussions.

Deal Benders: Sometimes the alien language was a bit distracting. It seemed like the author was trying too hard to make the villagers different. I would have liked more description of Beta Hydri IV - not only the villagers and plant life. The moons and other scenes were a good start in that direction, but were over too soon.

Overall Rating: 3 stars because I liked the science and characters.

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