Colony by Max Florschutz
I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. Once again I trip over the fact that I enjoy this author’s pony fan fiction a lot more than their original fiction. Anyway, I do enjoy science fiction and the premise of this one, both stated and implied between the lines, are things I enjoy. The first couple of chapters that introduce the characters and the world? Pretty dang awesome. My main complaint is that the rest of the story doesn’t really live up to the promise of the beginning. At least for me. I suspect it is another round of I saw things in the beginning that the author didn’t think about or thought were minor bits instead of the major focus I wanted them to be.
I’ve got a lot of nitpicks here and there about the story, but this is closer to a review than an analysis and I don’t want it to be a rant piece either. I’ll just mention that I thought it was an okay story before I read another sci-fi book that had a nearly identical premise in a lot of ways that I enjoyed a whole lot for the same reasons I didn’t enjoy Colony.
I will, however, compliment the things I enjoyed. The three main characters were really neat. I’ll probably check out the sequel to the story when it comes out four or five years down the line just because I liked the characters so much. The world in general? Mid-future high tech with megacorporations and AI? Lots of fun. Basically a cyberpunk world without the cloak-and-dagger or dark back alleys filter on top of it.
So, loved the beginning, the middle kind of dragged, and the third act was something of a disappointment. Yet I loved the world and the characters and so rarely see a story take place almost entirely underwater. So anyone who likes Science Fiction stories should definitely check it out.
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