First off, I want to say I went into this book blind. I was ‘assigned’ this book in a group, and was a little taken aback by the religious aspect of it. However, I do have to say that it was a really good book!
The premise states that an old scripture is found which states that the son of god will return on a different planet, so the government goes looking for him – and finds him. The scenery in this book is vivid, pleasant to read about and the adventure feels real. There is technology I would never even have thought to invent (implant technology? What’s that? Pretty creative), to make the earthlings look more like the natives of other planets. There is a bit of technical jargon, but it was bearable for me (someone who has only read about 5 scifi books in my life!), which is saying a lot. The plot was strong and the story was definitely intriguing. This book went down easily, and was quite enjoyable.
Now, to the negatives (not to worry, they are just as a side note).
At times, the characters fell a little flat for me. They had feelings – lots of them! But I just didn’t feel connected to them at times when I thought I should have. I’m really tempted to add a spoiler here, but I won’t. Just sometimes I felt dislocated from their feelings, even though they were perfectly legit! Oh, I have a non-spoiler example: the relationship between Hickory and General Lace (her father). I was not feeling it when she was upset about how much he had neglected her – because I hadn’t gotten the feeling that he had neglected her growing up, just that they weren’t close, and had more of a professional relationship than a personal one.
The second (and last) complaint I have, is that I didn’t really feel like Hickory was the main character. I didn’t feel like there was a main character. Each member of the team had an almost equal part to me. And I was constantly forgetting that Hickory had that power of hers. Every time it was mentioned I was like, wait, what? and then I was like ohhhh, right.
So anyways. Definitely read this book (psst: it is available for free on Amazon Kindle)!! Four stars from me 🙂