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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Book Review: LOCUS ORIGIN - THE NEVER BORN

LOCUS ORIGIN:  THE NEVER BORN is a science fiction book by Christian Matari. I have a hard time classifying this story as hard science fiction because of the lack of explanation or deep description about how all of the technology works. At best, I would call this hard-soft science fiction. I know that probably isn't very helpful, but I don’t think there is a classification between the two distinctions (where this story belongs).

THE NEVER BORN is story told primarily from the point of view of Marcus Grey, a clone that was bred specifically to fight in Terran society’s armed forces. There are some brief cut-a-ways to other characters (the main side point of view that of Takahasi the head of C-CORE corporation). The story starts at Grey’s ‘birth’ and follows through to the culmination of his first and second mission.

The story itself probably could use another editing run-through. No book is edited perfect, and I understand that. However, I found more errors than I normally would reading a book. Secondly, the book is very slow to start. I didn't get that feeling of being hooked until after Chapter ten or so. The hook didn't sink deep until I was well into the book. I think part of that is some of the situations in the book felt awkward, and While I found myself liking Grey’s character, his motivations seemed fractured to me. All in all, these problems didn't pull me directly out of the story. By the end of the book, I found myself feeling let down. The feeling wasn't with the quality of the story. It was that normal feeling one gets when they have come to the end of a book and wanted more. That’s what sequels are for. I’ll be getting my copy to keep the adventure going.

This was a good story that kept me entertained through most of the book. Yes, it had its dull moments, but the parts of the book that really executed well were enough to push this book over the edge into likable story telling.