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[Following is a volunteer review of "Solaris Seethes (Solaris Saga book 1)" by Janet McNulty.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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Solaris Seethes is the first book in the Solaris Saga (which currently spans four novels) from American fantasy and sci-fi writer Janet McNulty. It is intended for young adults, and focuses on a young alien woman called Rynah.

Having been betrayed by both her Grandfather and a power-hungry fiancé, Rynah utilises her Grandfathers secret, artificially intelligent spacecraft, Solaris to escape the destruction of her home planet, Lanyr. This unexpected chain of events leads Rynah on a dangerous mission to prevent an ancient prophecy from being fulfilled which could destroy entire Solar Systems.

Aided by a group of four misfit collaborators from Earth (a philosopher, a warrior, a lover and an inventor), Rynah must prevent her fiancé from recovering the five remaining crystals, that when brought together will create a weapon of mass destruction. Can she succeed where her Grandfather failed so many years ago?

The novel begins well with an engaging narrative that promises an intriguing story. Janet offers just enough detail, as and when required, to allow the reader a firm understanding of the events unfolding within its pages, but not so much as to cause the plot to become overly saturated or confusing. Questions that may flood your brain at the end of one chapter are usually answered during the next.

However, an irritating assortment of girly tantrums, and the almost persistent emotional instability from the female characters, adds a rather childish air to this otherwise enjoyable story. Not to mention the fact that a number of the action scenes are a little unbelievable and illogical in places.

My attention began to wane around the half way mark as the novel began to sink deeper and deeper into rather juvenile events and far-fetched sequences. While an entertaining read for a younger generation, this science fiction space opera is definitely not engaging enough for a more adult audience.

My final comments on this first instalment of the Solaris Saga is that there is no conclusion, instead the story (or indeed Saga) continues with the next novel. This is a ruse to persuade the reader to purchase further books, and ‘personally’ this is a common technique which I detest. On finishing a book I much prefer to have the story wrapped up nicely, with enticing references to further adventures. Solaris Seethes comes to a rather sudden halt, and as such I only rate the book at 2 out of 4 stars, mostly because while the novel does have its engaging elements and somewhat interesting story, the lack of an appropriate ending and the over-abundance of childish whining lets it down considerably.

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