Aristeia:A Little Rebellion by Wayne Basta
TBR Reviewer:- Kim
This is again the story of Maarkean and Saracasi. This time around, the book is set a few months after the events of the previous story. Tired of being pushed around by the Alliance, a few of the other worlds decide to stage a rebellion and distance themselves from the rule of the Alliance. Before too long however they find themselves in an all out war again.
This was good but I felt not as good as the previous book. The pace slowed and it all felt like more of the same. The two books seemed to contain more or less the same plot - wage war on the Alliance, rescue people from jail, lather, rinse and repeat. That being said though, the action was good and there was a little love interest between Saracasi and Asirzi, which was a welcome distraction. There was also some happy news too, in one of the couples starting a family.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read but didn't blow my socks off like the previous book. The niggle of the author not putting in paragraph breaks for point of view changes was still there also. I would caveat this recommendation with the proviso that books should be read in order otherwise a lot of this won't make sense.
Aristeia - Revolutionary Right by Wayne Basta
This is the story of Maarkean during the course of a smuggling job his ship is almost stolen and the Alliance is alerted. His sister and two of the perpetrators are arrested and sent to prison. Determined to break his sister out of prison, he enlists the help of the leader of the gang that tried to steal his ship and some other nefarious types. They succeed in breaking everyone out of the prison and relocating them to other worlds. Now wanted by the Alliance and the person who gave him the smuggling job, he has no option but to go underground. During a meeting of Congress it is decided that he should now lead a war against the Alliance. Can he put his principles aside and rise to the occasion?
I thoroughly enjoyed Aristeia. The characters were well rounded and the different races well described. It was so good in fact I almost felt like I was watching an episode of Star Trek. The pace was good and there was plenty of action, particularly at the end, which was especially climactic. I do have one criticism though and that is that when the author switched from different points of view, there was no paragraph break. It made things confusing at times and I had to go back a couple of times just to keep track of which character was which. This was only minor though and I would still encourage sci-fi lovers to give it a go.