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by Elizabeth Moon

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ISBN: 0606313540
ISBN13: 978-0606313544
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Science Fiction
Author: Elizabeth Moon
Language: English
Publisher: Demco Media; Reprint edition (September 29, 2004)
ePUB size: 1269 kb
FB2 size: 1981 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 136
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Very slow to get moving -- probably the first half to two thirds of the book is a long set up for the adventure that almost lost me at times -- but then things get rocking and rolling and are good fun for the last 1/3. Good enough that I am now part way through book three in a matter of days. There are a god awful lot of amateurs out there self-publishing some very marginal stuff these days. I find myself reading some of it because there's just enough of an idea in there to keep it interesting even when the dialogue is painful and the exposition is the inverse of the show don't tell rule. Moon is a real pro and it shows. There's a polish to the writing of someone who has worked hard on their craft for years that cannot be faked. I've really come to appreciate that in recent years as the field gets increasingly crowded with folks who have not put in the time. My 4-star rating is in comparison to other consummate professional works. Compared to the poseurs, it should probably be 7 stars.
Every couple of months I look for a new series or author - shame on me - I had forgotten how much I liked Moon's books written with Anne McCaffrey - the Planet Pirates series, one of my favorites from many years ago (wow - over 20 years!) I did not remember that until the end of the Kindle book where the list of the author's books can be found.

Here I was not remembering I had read Moon before - one of my favorite authors at that time - Moon, McCaffrey, Cherryh - I spent many, many hours reading their works.

I loved this book - and will be purchasing the entire series. Military SF is my favorite genre. Drake, Heinlein, Ringo, Weber, Stirling, Flint, Herbert and of course Moon, McCaffrey and Cherryh.

Much of the plot is boilerplate - the "strong willed female commander facing unbeatable odds after suffering an unfair, life-shattering setback" storylines. Weber's Honor Harrington comes to mind, but honestly I think Moon handles it much better with Kylara Vatta. Think a mix of Card, Weber and Drake with obvious influences from McCaffrey.

What we have is a protagonist with daddy issues, misunderstood by all, drummed out of the military (in the first few pages so no spoilers) sent out in near-exile on a milk-run. But her family seems to live by the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition, with trade and profit above all and being the driving force of her increasingly hazardous life. It's a wild - but believable - story.

If you like military SF, well developed characters and a great storyline, get this book!
This book deserves some wheres between 2½ and 3 stars. It's an attempt to be the typical young adult learns about herself and her place in the world story, but falls short. The protagonist is so exceptionally neurotic, and wears it on her sleeve, that I find it implausible she'd be seen as any kind of leader. Ky lives in a world where nearly everyone is unhelpful, where apparently despite her father's wealth and influence, doors shut in her face time after time and where mid-level bureaucrats go out of their way to be officious and make enemies. Give me a break. There's a fundamental misunderstanding here of what power and influence are, I think. The author's attempt to show-off Ky's trading skills also fall flat. Moon's idea of a negotiator is someone who browses on-line prices, makes zero attempt at face to face negotiating, and settles for what she is offered. We are told how wonderful Ky is, but nothing I saw (with one violent exception) reinforces that; Moon just can't pull it off. My reaction is too often "This isn't the way a young person thinks or acts..." If you're willing to be told (everyone around Ky is more than willing to tell her how impressed they are with her) what to think about her, then you've passed one hurdle in enjoying this book. As the first of a series, perhaps the holes will be plugged in later books. The big problem I have is why doesn't Ky see these holes? The underclassman who sabotaged her - she (and her family!) just shrug off his indirect assault?? Her "boy friend" who turns out to be not only a selfish cad (apparently, the concept that one important lesson TEENAGERS learn is to pick their friends, isn't true here) but more than willing to make an enemy for inexplicable motivations. What?! And where did those two mystery ships go? Why didn't Ky care? I guess I just don't get it. No one seems on the ball enough to see the potential for hostile intent operating behind the scenes? Really? In a world where electronic systems are pervasive, potential hacking is disregarded? Really? Ky is put in a situation where she really should know, based on her training, that she needs help to supervise the "passengers" she's given, yet she asks for none. The question you should ask is: is such a blunder - which is a key plot turning point - consistent with how "wily" she supposedly is? Ky's only real talent, from what I see, is she's astoundingly financially lucky. She is presented on a plate with money making deals when she needs them, time after time. There seems to be two stories here: one of a wonderkind blazing a path to become a Galaxy class entrepreneur and the other of an average kid who is muddling through the obstacles life throws at her. The first has no bearing (aside from in Moon's mind) with what actually happens, and the second could have made a great story if the protagonist just wasn't so whiny (she talks down to herself constantly).
I enjoyed this story from beginning to end! It took the author a bit to finally develop more than one character, but she finally did- excellently! I don't cotton to the feminist idea that relegates men to useless idiots, but she restrained herself. The female captain was not a feminist gratuitous placement. She made the story!

I really look forward to the next one, as soon as I can afford it. Kindle Books are my sole recreation now, and this one was thrilling!
Another excellent book by a world class SciFi author. Elizabeth moon continues to write strong female leads in compelling situations. I found her through her Paksennarrion Fantasy series and decided to try out her Serrano books. Having eaten through those I find myself in the middle of the Vatta series now. Between her, JS Morin and Glynn Stewart my SCIFI dance card has been filled for over a year. If you haven't read any of her books I recommend you start now and begin a long love affair with a new author.