Book Trial: Star Splinter by J. G. Cressey

Posted March 16, 2015 by Kayla in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Book Trial: Star Splinter by J. G. CresseyStar Splinter by J. G. Cressey
Series: Fractured Space #1
Also in this series: Harper's Ten
Published by Createspace on February 7th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Pages: 464
Format: e-ARC
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Lieutenant Callum Harper hadn't intended on punching his commanding officer quite so hard. But maybe it wasn't such a bad turn of events. Court-martialed and dumped on a reject raft bound for Earth, Cal feels optimistic about a life where getting blown up, shot, or even eaten is altogether less of a concern. And, more importantly, a life where the only person he's responsible for is himself.Unfortunately, fate doesn't favour the mundane. Crash-landing on a lethal planet, and with technology failing all around him, Cal must take his fellow passengers under his wing in order to survive and unravel the reasons behind their situation.But the cause is far worse than any of them could have imagined, for theirs is a small part of a much larger crisis. Colonized space is under attack. Humanity is on the verge of chaos. And those who enjoy such anarchy are already beginning to thrive.Yet Cal and his new companions will discover that mankind isn't the true threat, not by a long shot.

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

My Impressions:

Plot:

This story is awesome. There’s not so much action in the beginning but the last 1/3 of the book is non-stop action. I loved it. The story follows an unlikely group of rejects who crash-land on Mars while en route to Earth. Together they need to figure a way off the planet, and then figure the cause behind their unexpected detour to Mars. There’s science, aliens and pirates, friends and foes. I think the concepts that Cressey explores in this story was interesting. If you loved Stargate, you’d find this interesting as well.

Characters:

I loved most of these characters. I didn’t care much for Eddy. She was way too crazy for me. Sometimes I’d just want to smack her and tell her to shut up. That aside, I think each character had something to contribute to the team. Cal is a great leader and role model. Jumper is like your uncle who really keeps to himself but will look out for you if need be. To me, Toker was the character with the most growth. In the beginning he was somewhat pig-headed and immature but he really starts to pull his weight as time goes by. Viktor, the science kid – honestly nothing more to say but he’s super genius. And they have their own cyborg, who looks and acts more human than expected, Melinda.

Writing:

The book starts off with action and then the action somewhat slows down at some points in the story but never enough to be boring. It was gripping and really kept me reading, wanting to reach the end. At some points you are really on the edge of your seat wondering how the hell are they going to make it out of this one. Can’t wait to read the next installment.

About the Author:

John G Cressey was born in 1976, and grew up on the south coast of England where he enjoyed an active childhood involving swing ropes, tree houses and homemade go-carts. In his teens the interests became scuba diving, rock climbing and martial arts. At the end of his teens a spanner was thrown in the works in the form of a car crash in which damaged his spine. Deciding that University was too dangerous for a young man in a wheelchair, he decided to travel the world for a decade or so, taking in some of Africa, Brazil, Cambodia and Australia. He also lived in New York and San Diego for a time. But always looked forward to heading back home to England.

Seeing a documentary that showed Roald Dahl sitting in a little garden shed sharpening pencils and scribbling away first piqued John’s interest in writing. Soon after, it was Star Wars that began to influence his imagination. But it was much later down the line when viewing TV show, Firefly that he finally decided that writing was for him. The show’s balance of light hearted humour, sometimes dark, emotional drama and kick ass action really hit home and the idea for his first book ‘Star Splinter’ began to take shape. Star Splinter is the first in the Fractured Space series. He is currently working on a prequel novella titled ‘Harper’s Ten’ as well as the full length second book of the Fractured Space series. [source: Amazon]

The Verdict:

Highly Recommended

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