Beyond Cloud Nine (Beyond Saga #1) by Greg Spry

October 12, 2016
Beyond Cloud Nine, Beyond Saga #1, Greg Spry, Book Review, InToriLex
Published By: Greg Spry (Self Published) on September 23, 2014
Format Read: Paperback Edition
Genre: New Adult/ Thriller/ Sci-fi
Series: Book One of Beyond Saga
Source: Author Request
Rating:THREE POINT FIVE STARS
Beyond Cloud Nine (Beyond Saga, #1)
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Ace star fighter pilot Brooke Davis lives for pushing hundreds of gees in orbital combat, but she’d give it all up in a moment to become the first human to fly faster than light. When Brooke stumbles upon a conspiracy involving terrorists, aliens, and the highest levels of government, she finds their goals seductive but their methods abhorrent. With the moral core of human civilization hanging in the balance, she must risk her shot at history, her family, and her life to prevent the schemers from forcing their nefarious brand of salvation upon the solar system.

REVIEW:

This was fun to get through and kept me engaged the entire time. Brooke's adventure through space and her troubled family relationships kept things interesting. In this future dystopian world things are not what they seem. I enjoyed this plot driven novel because of the constant action and occasional humor. The science behind the futuristic tech was explained well, and never got overwhelming or dense. I really enjoy reading speculative fiction because authors can be as imaginative as they want. There's a description of a cereal box that turns into a bowl of milk and cereal when you touch a button, and that sounds awesome to me.
However characters were undeveloped, you had to accept some personality's with little description. Brooke was well described in the present, but there's not enough about who makes her who she is to connect with her emotionally. Brooke has a twin sister Marie, the novel switches point of views between the sisters, but their upbringing and experience as twins is not described. Brooke and Marie are also half Japanese, but the challenges of being mixed race was glossed over and only briefly mentioned as a sore spot for Brooke. I wanted to learn more about concepts of race and discrimination because of it.

Overall the plot and future tech was great, if at times a little cliche.The ending left some loose ends, which I  didn't like but the main arc of the story was concluded. I'm interested to learn what's in store for Book Two, so I'll be continuing on with the series. I appreciated the diverse characters, strong female protagonists and twisting story line, although it wasn't the most original plot. I would recommend this to readers who enjoy sci-fi, future tech and space battles.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Greg Spry was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 1978. He majored in industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin—Madison before earning a graduate degree in space systems from the Florida Institute of Technology. When he’s not writing the next epic sci-fi adventure, he enjoys playing kickball and cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. He currently resides in the United States.

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