Friday, June 13, 2014

My First Five Star Review

My first review from Amazon:

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5.0 out of 5 stars 
A nicely woven story about humanity June 10, 2014
By H Skinner
While this is a science fiction novel it does not feel like science fiction. The story has effectively intertwined the themes of sickness, health, hope, despair, and determination in to a spiritual and emotional self-examination. The story of each character is so deeply explored that you feel you know everything about them and the decisions they are making. The author does a good job of writing from both a male and female perspective (every other chapter is told from the perspective of one of the male and female characters). He also balances dialogue of explicit detail and nature with messages of hope and spirituality.

The bond of the characters at the start is they all have cancer. The story cleverly uses sci-fi as it applies to their diseases. It is user-friendly to the point where someone who likes Star Wars, romance novels, or philosophy could all relate to it. Again, it does include dialogue of an adult nature provided mainly by a character with a deeply troubled past so if sections regarding sexual abuse and very detailed descriptions of it aren't for you then be warned. However, the story uses those moments to emphasize the points of redemption and faith.

For a first novel I found it to be written with formidable skill.

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