I am Sleepless: SIM 299 is a refreshing, interesting, intriguing read. The writing is nearly flawless; with tremendous overall mechanics. The verbiage is creative and unique:
Fig dove backward, watching in horror as a boulder the size of a bipod flew overhead.
“Thanks,” Fig trembled, sweat beading along his blue forehead. “I didn’t see it coming.”
“No problem. I can hear their whole coterie on the other side of the ridge. Four lugs, two meks, two agulators, and one eidetic.”
“Tuskin’s fury!” Fig swore. “Remind me how this is fair? Nine fifteen-year cadets against the three of us. We’re so dead. And this sun is absolutely blinding me.”
Brilliant word choice and, as stated, creative language. Moreover, it is written in a manner which transports the reader into the author’s fictitious world. The reader can easily envision the people and the scenery; can easily become a part of the story:
Palomas darted from her hiding spot against the canyon wall to hide behind a pile of large boulders in view of the enemy base. Her rich golden skin and long golden hair, pulled back in a tight bun, sparkled in the sunlight. Her matching golden uniform, of the Ethos army, left no mistake that she was lug.
Characters were well developed allowing for the cultivation of sympathy (which isn’t that easy to accomplish :-D). The story flowed and ebbed in appropriate manner moving along a nice pace.
I really enjoyed the quotes provided at the beginning of each chapter by Doctor T.M. Omori.
The drawings, provided by Adrienne Burger, were extraordinary.
The ending left me wanting more, but I have no doubt that this was the author’s intent, as he states that this is meant to be the first in a series.
Recommended? As an author and an editor, I am very particular about the written word. As an avid reader, I am even more choosy about what I read. This is easily one of the better books I’ve read and I look forward to the next in the series. I highly recommend this to any lover of Sci-fi. Bravo!
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My name is Barbara Woster. I am an author, business owner, and an educator. Writing is my passion, but I also enjoy providing insight for aspiring authors. Additionally, I review work by other writers upon request. To have your book reviewed, simply get in touch.