Official Review: Apex Five by Sarah Katz

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Re: Official Review: Apex Five by Sarah Katz

Post by Abhijeet ranjan » 15 Apr 2019, 20:27

Although the book contains fully fleshed-out characters and exceptional world-building, it also seems to have e dense and complex plot. My brain has just recovered from reading an intense novel, hence, right now, I am not in the mood of picking it up. I will surely pin it to my TR list. Thanks for the detailed review!

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Post by bigscarythingy » 15 Apr 2019, 20:29

Definitely not a fan of the old info-dump. Sounds like the author went to great lengths to flesh out the world and I respect that. I'm not sure this book is for me though. Nice review.
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Post by starshipsaga » 15 Apr 2019, 20:29

I love science fiction, but this might be a bit too heavy for me! The post-apocalyptic setting and the politics of the five nations on the Plane sound very intriguing though. I'd read this if I weren't almost a hundred percent sure the story would lose me very quickly, there seems to be a lot of information to take in.

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Post by tarafarah7 » 15 Apr 2019, 20:30

I like that you mention today's BOTD is thought-provoking, in the sense that it offers much to debate and discuss - weaponizing children for war, the conundrum of gender fluidity, and the quintessential pursuit for one’s identity. Sci-Fi fans are sure to enjoy all this book has to offer. Thank you so much! :-)

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Post by Shilpa Paul » 15 Apr 2019, 20:40

Thanks for the review. Seems like a very engaging and intriguing story with a mix of politics, culture, warfare, etc. Will definitely add this to my to be read list.

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Post by graceful-1 » 15 Apr 2019, 20:49

From your comment, "Apex Five offers much to debate and discuss." I could see this book being a good fit for a reading group and having much to discuss after. I also liked that amongst all the complex storyline, there was a carefully placed character you mentioned, " At the forefront is a boy endowed with unique powers who would soon discover what he truly is." which as you said, " science fiction holds a mirror to reality," holds true for most of us, discovering who we truly are! Great review!

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Post by AlabamaWM » 15 Apr 2019, 21:02

In contrast to the blurb that gives little to nothing away, this is a very thorough and detailed review that has prompted me to download the book and add it to my "wants to read" list.

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Post by LV2R » 15 Apr 2019, 21:12

inaramid wrote:
14 Nov 2018, 04:09
They say science fiction holds a mirror to reality, a reflection embellished by scientific and technological elements perhaps but a reflection nonetheless. Apex Five is no exception. The displacement of the Lirians, for instance, harkens back to the Jewish diaspora. The self-immolation of the Garo freedom fighters brings to mind news flashes of terrorists and suicide bombers. Tabira’s attempt to colonize Ayam is almost like a walk down memory lane, replete with images of the conquerors and the conquered of ages past. Ethnic cleansing, biological warfare, and political strife mar the pages of the Plane’s history just as much as they do our own.
I liked your description and analysis of the book. I can see how science fiction can reflect true life situations and history. It was helpful to see the summary of the five nations and their relationships with each other.

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Post by Nandy » 15 Apr 2019, 21:14

This seems to be an interesting sci-fi story. Happy reading

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Post by Sandra K Pearson » 15 Apr 2019, 21:18

Normally I love science fiction but this sounds like a little to much for me. I don't like children being trained for war or politics in science fiction. Nice review though.
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Post by kath13_sake » 15 Apr 2019, 21:19

Sci-fi books can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to scenes and terminologies but your review makes me want to read it.

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Post by Shielasshi_93 » 15 Apr 2019, 21:36

This is an intriguing sci-fi story, thought-provoking and well written. I am very much interested at the five nations and how this novel identify our present society. Thanks for an engaging review.

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Post by pixiestyx » 15 Apr 2019, 21:44

Sounds like such a fascinating, well-written sci-fi story. I love a good sci-fi novel with fleshed out characters, a developed plot, and great world-building. Thanks for the awesome review!

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Post by baileytotten » 15 Apr 2019, 21:45

Apex Five: The Plane by Sarah Katz spoilers included
is a sci-fi novel that takes place on an alternate plane of reality as I understand it, from the brief history of the "world" if I may call it in the prologue, then you immediately jump 12,00 years into the future which had some startling differences that we learn is caused by the disaster called the storm.

I found this book to be a surprisingly good way to get the picture of a sci-fi novel across that someone like me who isn't the biggest sci-fi fan could enjoy, the language used in the novel was just my niche of writing. I will say that I personally disagree with training kids or war or just altering their life in what they want to do in life but, if you can look past that then you realize the exquisite form of writing in my opinion.

I feel the book is a 6 out of 10 but that only because there are a few parts that I don't personally agree with like making kids train for war but the literature is great none to very few lines that you have to re-read for clarification

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Post by Kelyn » 15 Apr 2019, 21:46

The "look inside" on Amazon had me hooked within the first few pages. I'm very into post-apocalyptic fiction, especially if the characters are teens or children. Think The Maze Runner series or The Morrows. It sounds like a mixture of Star Trek, with it addressing current issues of the day and Asimov in the amount of technological jargon. I'm a fan of the first, not so much of the second but this book definitely seems worth the effort. Definitely going on my TBR shelf. Great review!
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