Earth is dead, destroyed by a barrage of meteors. What was left of the population has escaped to Mars and colonized it as humanities new home.
Lunara, a small colony on Earth’s moon, is charged with catching and mining meteors for desperately needed minerals. But the deep-seated human thirst for domination is not easily defeated, nor is the capacity for deceit and betrayal. All it needs is a powerful catalyst, a prize valuable enough to risk plunging mankind into another destructive war.
Parker McCloud and his friends, Seth and Chloe, are caught up in a violent series of events when Lunara is invaded. On Mars, Parker, Seth, Chloe, and the crew of the Protector attempt to sort out who is responsible, where the tide of suspicion swings back and forth between Aethpis and Zephyria. In the end, we see barbarism by the leaders of Mars, great courage by the crew of the Protector, and immense valor by the military on Lunara in adventure one in an exciting new series
From word go Lunara: Seth and Chloe, by Wyatt Davenport, is full of intrigue and action. You’re thrown in what feels like the deep end with Mars Medical showing up on Lunara’s door step ahead of time and the character’s questioning their motives. I did find it difficult to feel the character’s urgency because I wasn’t given time to get to know them before Mars Medical shows up, but instead of drowning in confusion, I was snagged by potential threads of conspiracy. Before I knew it I was swept along with the story’s fast paced current.
Most of the sci-fi I read is more dystopian in nature, or involves viruses, or is Earth based, and is usually not related to space (unless it’s aliens), but I feel I’ve experienced enough of it to know when I’m reading a story in the genre of space opera. At least I’d call it space opera with the collection of characters, possibilities for space wars, space travel, and background settings of planet colonisation and terra-forming Seth and Chloe contains. My main point is I’m not one to usually enjoy reading space-based science fiction unless it is Warhammer, but I found Seth and Chloe to be engrossing and entertaining.
The story itself is well-written, fast paced, and descriptive without going over the top. The plot comes across as being thought through with many threads spooling out into a fine mesh, in the end connecting up all the dots. What has the possibility of distracting a reader with several elements, I found to actually work well together, not overwhelming or hindering the story at all and instead feeding a need to continue on. With the amount of books I read, I’m actually quite impressed with how many of these threads neatly meet up and how many questions are not left unresolved, something of which can happen too often with the first book in a series.
With all the action and conspiracy going on, the characters are far from being left behind. They’re fleshed out nicely and I enjoyed reading them, especially with their reactions because they’re so human and believable. Even with two characters whom have extraordinary abilities, they don’t come across as being less than human or above everyone else in the story. Their reactions are reasonable and when they do use these gifts of theirs, it’s not to the point of completely severing them from their fellow man.
Seth and Chloe, the two who are the special characters, are definitely relatable. They balance each other out and while they’re in a relationship with each other, they don’t over shadow the other characters and neither does their bond. I felt that all the characters, including relationships, were well balanced, interactions still had tension and of course there was conflict, but everything worked together and with the plot of the story.
Seth and Chloe is a great example of how to further a plot with both elements of story and characterisation, and while it is a science fiction piece set far out in space, many readers will be able to relate to the relationships and a struggle for answers. This is definitely a read for those who love their science fiction, those who love character based stories, and a great start to a series.
If you’d like a glimpse into the Lunara series there is a short story, Parker McCloud at North Tharsis, you can download for free from Smashwords. I’ll be posting a review of this short story soon too.
- Genre: Science Fiction-Space Opera
- Demographic: YA and Up
- Rating Out of Five: 4*
- Format: eBook, received with thanks, from the author Wyatt Davenport.
- Find At: Smashwords and Amazon
- Published: 2011
Ebook Giveaway Time!
Thanks to Wyatt, a lucky reader has the chance to win an eBook copy of Lunara: Seth and Chloe, the first in this new science fiction series!
- Who: International (subject to where Smashwords^ is available)! This giveaway is open to international readers, but don’t worry if you don’t have an eReader because you can also read this on your computer.
- When: The giveaway ends midnight 3rd of September (AEST) with the winner being contacted by email.
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