3 out of 4 stars
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Mabry & West’s novel Oblivion Threshold is the first book in The Oblivion Saga (the second being Oblivion Flight).As well as being a science fiction there were also some elements of romance but this didn’t overshadow the story in any way. It actually made it seem more realistic that there would be relationships among the characters.
An alien life form, the Prox, are making their way towards Earth and they are destroying any planets in their path. The people on those planets are completely massacred – they stand no chance against these unknown beings. On Earth, the military has been made aware of this issue and are trying to find a solution.
Captain Jeff Bowers is a shell of a man: many years ago he made a mistake whilst in command of a mid-sized crew. This mistake resulted in the entire crew loosing their lives. Since that day he has refused to take up command and only ever does solo missions because he is afraid of hurting people again. He is spying on the Prox when his spaceship crashes and he dies… well kind of… Then he wakes up and discovers he has not only a new body but also new and mysterious powers that could save Earth.
Oblivion Threshold is set on Earth but not Earth as we know it today. It is set far in the future in a time when humans live on other planets as well and dealing with alien life forms is a regular occurrence – although they are not normally as disruptive as the Prox. Another sign of the future setting is the crazy advanced tech that seems commonplace on the space ships. Yet, while it is futuristic it doesn’t seem to be a future that is out of reach. Maybe in a few decades (or less) we will be living in a world not too different to Mabry & West’s description.
There was a lot of swearing in the book and a few sex references so it definitely isn’t aimed at young readers. I’d say young adults or any sci-fi lovers would enjoy this book. It was a great read and captivated my attention from the very beginning. I would rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The only reason this doesn’t get four stars is I was often a little confused with the characters: the switching between first and last name made me mix up characters or think there were multiple people when in fact it was one.
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