4 out of 4 stars
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By: Janet McNulty
Solaris Seethes is a fast-paced, easy-to-read book and the editing was close to perfect. I appreciate the effort it takes to eliminate mistakes from a lengthy writing. The story begins in an unexpected place--a computer is talking to the audience explaining that “she” has a secret and a purpose. Her purpose is to provide for and protect the one and only person who will be able to save the world in the future. Meet Solaris—an ancient ship with human qualities and a “brain” that has been prepared and programmed to support her owner’s granddaughter, Rynah, when he is gone.
Rynah believed that her grandfather was insane and that his fears and stories were delusions. She is a young woman who is a well-trained, loyal protector of her planet. She is engaged to be married one moment and literally has her world turned upside down the next. Her fiancé turns out to be a liar who was using her while he plotted to destroy the world she has fought so hard to protect.
Anyone is able to identify with a relationship gone wrong and bitterness build up but this goes a step farther, because her fiancé destroyed her entire planet and plans to destroy more, revenge is almost required. She faces incredibly bad odds in trying to find the rest of six crystals that would stop her ex from getting the power he needs to create an extremely destructive weapon.
Wise people from the past have carefully distributed the parts needed in multiple places to discourage anyone finding and assembling them. Her grandfather had known that these things would happen long before they did and tried to prepare for the inevitable. He ended up being arrested and later deemed insane to save his life. Upon release he prepared everything she would need to fight the most important battle of all. Add in a detailed prophecy, a group of unlikely characters drawn from different planets and time periods and a life-long friend of her grandfathers to the mix and this is a story with many twists and turns that never cease to surprise.
I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys writing that feels geared toward a tween audience. The central character of the story is a young woman who is well trained, physically fit and intelligent, but is emotionally underdeveloped. She frequently lets her anger and pent up bitterness cause her to have something close to pouty withdrawals and give silent treatments. She is extremely brave and cares deeply for her world but tends to be rude and condescending to her comrades because of her emotions. She obviously still has a lot of growing to do in future books.
Solaris Seethes (Solaris Saga book 1)
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