Review of 'Goodbye to the Sun' by Jonathan Nevair
I've been on a slump lately. I've read a lot of books with good intentions, but failed in execution. 'Goodbye to the Sun' is NOT one of them.
Sometimes I read books, and right from the first chapter I suspect there's going to be issues with either the storytelling, the editing or the characters. I read on with trepidation because I don't feel safe. I don't feel like the author has my, the readers, best intentions at heart. Some authors feel that they've written the best story ever, and you should read and like it despite how they presented it to you. And that's all well in good, if you don't want sales or longevity in the writing world. But if you do, then the book should appeal to readers as well as your own ego.
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What can I say that hasn't already been said? A smart, intelligently written and plotted book with world building so deep one might believe it actually exists.
FYI- anyone possibly shying away from starting this book due to its use of both first person and third personal narration ... Don't! It works superbly! The first person narration is like a framing device for the story and adds so much flavour and texture to the story and characters, the story wouldn't be the same without it.
Over the course the story the reader is taken on a journey- literally. From dune planets to jungle planets and through space! All the technology and themes scifi readers want in their scifi is there. A strong plot with twists and mystery is there. Characters you want to both slap and hug at the same time are there. This book has everything. And it's so intelligently written I feel smarter for having read it.
This book, for me, was not just an easy, breeze through it kind of read. It made me think. Think more Westworld than Marvel, although there were excellent action sequences that kept the story moving at a good pace. Nevair has blended both worlds of scifi in this book, from cerebral to action, and that's hard to do. He seemed to accomplish this effortlessly.
As for the main characters ... Keen and Razor. What a journey! Their ups and downs, flaws and attributes, mistakes and achievements, take you on the real journey.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in any form of scifi.