Esme’s SPFBO 2017: Halcyon’s Wake: Faith by A. Dale Triplett

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Sooooooo

I started reading this expecting a fantasy, and what I got was more of a scifi. I was 50% through and had read about multiple kinds of aliens, alien human hybrids, the world ended and people were living on a space station and the moon.

I was waiting around for Mighty Moon Dragons and Space Elves….. but I got…. Thor?

This was a crazy book and I hope I can actually review it.


Plot:

Zek is a marine who’s watching the world go insane after a giant unidentified object started hurtling through space directly towards earth. Countries are throwing nukes at each other, scientists are baffled because it came out of nowhere, religious cults are committing suicide and the whole world panics.

The elite of humanity… basically military and leaders…. are sent into space to go live on a space station, and eventually, go to the moon.

While everyone else leaves to go to the moon, Zek and a woman are left behind on space station to keep things up and to monitor Earth more closely. As it turns out, this woman who Zek has known for decades is actually in on the whole thing. She’s been talking to aliens since she was 4 years old, and she’s convinced that her aliens are the good guys, and the aliens who are on the space station and the Luna station are the evil ones.

The ‘good’ aliens want Zek and her to travel back to Earth after destroying the station they’re on. Zek doesn’t know what to think, and after this point, the story gets crazier and crazier with lizard-like aliens, grey aliens, and telepathic aliens who transfer memories and feelings. Thor gets thrown in the mix as well.

Final Score: 7/10

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Characters:

Zek is the character we start out with, but it branches into other people who are on the station later on in the book.

Zek is a military guy, he was the one who was piloting the space shuttle carrying all of the leaders and important people into space. However, the President orders him to release the cargo hold which had a portion of the passengers in it, with the reasoning they won’t have enough resources to keep them. That may not have been the real reason though, and Zek is haunted by those he sent to their deaths. One of them was his best friend, who was married to the woman he has to stay on the station with.

He’s a pretty grey character, he debates whether he should have refused the order from the president, but he’s not too overly burdened by it. I didn’t know if I liked him or not.

Final Score: 6/10


World Building:

There are lizard-like aliens that are here to ‘destroy and enslave’ humanity, they can shapeshift and make you think they look like someone else.

There are ‘grey’ aliens like the standard 1950’s style aliens

There are the aliens that have been in contact with humanity for a long time including the woman on the station, they have telepathic abilities that send images, emotions and thoughts to the recipient, and can bestow those gifts on others.

This was set in the modern world, so it wasn’t some kind of alternate Earth or something.

Final Score: 7/10 


Pacing/Prose/Tone:

This was a very short book, 143 pages, and it read SO FAST. It was over and done before I knew it.

The tone started off adventurous kind of, but it went dark places quickly. There was a POV of a little girl who’s been captured by the alien lizard things, and she’s lead to a killing ground. Women are tied to stakes and being raped to give birth to more alien like hybrids, and killed afterwards – the children are eaten in front of their mothers. It was fucked up.

Pacing Final Score: 9/10

Writing Final Score: 7/10

 


Originality:

I can’t say I’ve ever read anything like this, there was so much going on by the end my head was spinning

Final Score: 8/10


Audience:

  • People who like sci-fi
  • People who like darker stories
  • People who like apocalyptic stories
  • People who like aliens
  • People who like a lot of action
  • People who like shorter and faster-paced books

 


Final Score: 44/60 ~ 7.3/10 ~ 3 stars on goodreads

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