2 out of 4 stars
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Chrome Mountain by Ben Schneider is a sci-fi thriller. Trey is a brilliant and ambitious scientist who makes a much sought after invention. This makes him the target of a terrorist organization. He is saved from capture by a beautiful biker named Sonya who is looking for a purpose in life. The duo is hunted by the terrorist organization, which calls itself Chrome Falcon, while Sonya also runs from her past. The two are also chased by law enforcement, thus they have no one to turn to, other than each other. They go through a lot of experiences together.
The author narrates the story for the reader. The technology is not as amazing as one would expect in a sci-fi. There are still some "out of this world" inventions that would intrigue the reader. The presence of real technology that the reader is familiar with helps to make the story somewhat believable. The author's attempt to base the characters on their Christianity, not only failed to deepen the characters, but also seems to sell the religion short of its values. It is my opinion that many Christians would feel not well represented in this story.
It is refreshing to have a strong female character. Sonya is strong, both emotionally and physically. She can stand for, and by, herself. Trey is a nerd, but he is in no way intimidated by Sonya's strength, instead he respects her and looks up to her in many ways. It is quite an interesting dynamic. Sonya is his "knight in shining armour". This is a great twist from the traditional "damsel in distress" setup. The reader is also introduced to another strong female leader in the form of the FBI agent handling Trey's case.
I would rate this book, Chrome Mountain by Ben Schneider, 2 out of 4 stars. I noticed only one spelling error. The story failed to captivate me. I felt that the characters were too shallow. The pacing was also too slow. The progression towards the end was too convenient and did not seem realistic enough to be believable. The storyline itself is interesting and the author's style is light and easy to follow.
This book is suitable for young adults. Sci-fi and crime-drama fans may want to give it a try. There is a lot of violence and some bad language and thus it may not be suitable for children. It's a fair read, well written and edited, and may be captivating to some readers. I recommend to give it a try.
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