Saturday, September 29, 2012
Review: The Rebels
The Rebels by Elizabeth Lang
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: Space Opera
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: fans of space opera
Disclosure: I received a free ebook copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: After escaping the Empire, Adrian Stannis is plunged into the world of bounty hunters and rebels, each one valuing his head with the kind of single-minded intensity that does not bode well for his dream of peace and a fully stocked lab in a quiet and obscure corner of the galaxy.
Dragged along against his will by a barbarian intent on selling him back to the Empire, Adrian 'accidentally' kidnaps an emergency room doctor, while Kali and Bryce try to find him and become embroiled in an adventure of their own.
My Thoughts: I read the first book in this series, The Empire in April of this year review here if links are enabled). This book jumps right into the action and I struggled to remember what happened in the previous book, but then I found a page on the author’s website that offered an alternate first chapter – here, on her current projects (if links enabled) – and that helped.
This book sometimes read like a comedy of errors – miscommunications, misunderstandings, and missed connections leading to people chasing all over the galaxy on unnecessary searches. One hunter team, bounty hunter, or rebel group after another kept showing up. It occasionally made me roll my eyes, but it did keep the tension high, and the problems with the Empire versus the rebels... well, it certainly made for a most interesting moral dilemma. There were a few issues with the wrong verb tense here and there, but overall it was fairly clean and well-edited.
A third book is planned, called The Andromedans. More information about this series can be found here (if links enabled).
For fans of space opera or light military science fiction, especially if the book presents a moral dilemma, I think you will find this series a good fit. I know I’ll be watching for the next book in the series – I want to see how it all ends.
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