4 out of 4 stars
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Solaris Seethes is a science fiction novel crossed with flashes of fantasy elements. In it, Janet McNulty shows the exciting tale of five people—four humans and an alien. The story begins as Rynah, a Lanyran who has recently become engaged, faces the destruction of her planet at the hands of her fiancé. After barely escaping with her life in a spaceship programmed with a sassy, opinionated AI, she picks up four humans from different time periods in an effort to follow a prophecy that just might keep the universe from being destroyed. They set off across the galaxies to collect the crystals that can destroy or create universes when combined. Will they be able to collect them before Klanor, Rynah’s bitter ex-fiancé who is trying to destroy them all?
My absolute favorite part of this book is the variety in the characters. Rynah is a rough-and-tumble kind of woman with a stubborn streak and a tendency to judge both people and situations a little too quickly. Brie, on the other hand, is a teenaged human girl who is both incredibly brave in some moments and cowardly in others. Alfric is a brawny Viking with a hilarious attachment to his sword and a penchant for rushing his opponents before thinking. Tom is a tinkering inventor with an amazing sense of awe, and Solon is far wiser than his mere 17 years. Each character has quirks and habits that really make them come alive. In addition to the excellent characters, each of the worlds the characters experience is unique in its challenges, wildlife, and environment.
The only thing I could possibly list as something I disliked about the book is that the ending felt a little rushed. However, as this book is the first book of a series, it makes sense that the ending may not be as conclusive as it would be in a standalone book.
Because I only had a very minor issue with the conclusion of the novel and the rest of it is excellent, I rate Solaris Seethes 4 out of 4. The characters, the world, and the plot are all fun and entertaining, and McNulty really breathes life into the world with her words. Additionally, there are cute pictures exhibited in many of the chapters that I ended up enjoying despite my initial impression of them. There is so much to like about this book that I cannot help but to give it a perfect rating.
This book is an excellent choice for teenagers or young adults, especially those who love adventures crossing worlds. I would not recommend this book for anyone who is sensitive toward death, injury, or references to rape and prostitution. However, these references are very brief and fairly vague. There is also no profanity or sexual content that is anything more than a passing reference.
Solaris Seethes (Solaris Saga book 1)
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