1 out of 4 stars
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Solaris Seethes (Solaris Saga Book 1) by Janet McNulty is a science-fiction story revolving around survival and salvation. The story opens with Solaris, a spaceship with artificial intelligence, narrating the prologue. As the story starts, we find our protagonist, Rynah, a beautiful alien woman of lavender skin and emerald hair, on a planet called Lanyr. She is betrayed by her fiancé, Klanor, who steals the crystal from her, damning their planet to destruction. He wishes to rule all the galaxies. Rynah collects four people from different times to aid her in her adventure-filled journey. Fueled by the fire of redemption and loyalty, she embarks on the journey to collect six crystals and save the universe.
The prologue was eye-catching and unique. The idea was tremendously interesting, but it was not exploited with justice. The book was an amalgam of various fantasy, and sci-fi novels and movies. First, Rynah seemed like a different colored version of Gamorah from The Guardian of the Galaxy. The prophecy of six crystals was very much similar to the infinity stones collection in The Avengers. Rynah's encounter with multiple different enemies and obstacles such as pirates, eccentric sort of animals and flesh-eating plants was very much similar to The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. In simpler words, the novel massively lacked originality and the element of surprise.
The new characters that were introduced, which included Solomon, Alfric, Brie, and Tom, piqued my interest. However, they were disappointingly wasted. It seemed that the author just wanted to fill in more characters but did not know what to do with them. Even the protagonist failed to emotionally attach me to the novel. Due to her headstrong and impulsive nature, I did not feel like rooting for her even for one moment.
In the beginning, the action scenes were neatly laid out, but later in the story, the plot was exhausted by excessive action-filled moments. More than often, the action scenes took away the believable factor that drives the reader through the novel. The novel also massively lacked the element of suspense. On one page, there is a trouble about to wreck their world, on the other page, the solution presents itself without much struggle. If there had been more anticipation or thrill in the plot, the book may have earned some well-deserved attention.
Although the typographical errors were rare, the sentences were complex and awkward. Therefore, I rate this book one out of four stars. The book does not contain explicit scenes or obscenities making it suitable for a young audience. This book might be enjoyable for a young reader who loves action-filled stories, but it definitely does not pass for adults.
Solaris Seethes (Solaris Saga book 1)
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