Review: “Solaris Seethes” by Janet McNulty

Solaris Seethes by Janet McNulty

A review by our awesome new reviewer Domoni.

I would first like to thank the author for the opportunity to read her novel in exchange for an honest review.

Rynah’s home planet Lynar has been destroyed.  The crystal that sustains her planets magnetic fields has been stolen, in a betrayal by someone close to her. Rynah escaped the planet in a ship built by her mentally unhinged grandfather, in preparation for the prophesied destruction. The ship, Solaris, is a functioning artificial intelligence which Rynah’s grandfather programmed to know how to stop a destructive force that could wipe out galaxies.

Studying the prophecy, Solaris tracks down four humans from different points in Earth’s history. The prophecy states those people will be the difference between survival and failure as they race to save Rynah’s planet. They must gather the six crystals to stop the completion of the ultimate weapon and perhaps return Rynah’s home planet to stability so that it can be rebuilt. Traveling to unknown planets, and attempting to decipher the ancient prophesy, each companion contributes their own strength and weakness to the team. They battle unknown indigenous people and fight against the vicious attacks from space pirates and the group who seeks to unite the six crystals.

I am an avid fan of sci-fi and was very excited to read this book. Though the pace is quick and the story is interesting, there are some points that completely pull me out of the story. When Solaris, who has quite the attitude for an AI, pulls the four humans out of time and deposits them onto the ship, there is no moment of questioning. None of the characters seem to question that they are on a spaceship in a different time than they know. The Viking Alfric, the Greek scholar Solon, Brie the bullied teenage girl from 2014, and Tom the young tech savvy man from 2099 all just seem to accept and understand what is happening without question or argument.

I enjoy the moments where we get a bit of back story on each character. The insight into their behavior and choices helps enrich the story without taking it in too many directions. The budding friendships, as they each lower their guard and learn how to be friends, is refreshing over the traditional romance often seen in literature.

Looking past some inconsistencies the story is compelling and interesting enough to make me want to read the next book in the series.

 

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

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