Scion of Conquered Earth by Michael J. Allen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Full disclosure, I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
Alright, let's get down to it. Scion of Conquered Earth is by Indy Author Michael J Allen. You know this because you're already looking it up. The book centers around a post-invasion Earth where aliens are manipulating humans into rounding up other humans to put them into slavery. The protagonist of the story is a young man with amnesia. He doesn't remember who he is or where he came from, but he understands what it takes to survive the invasion.
One of the excellent things about this author is his ability to flesh out the ancillary characters. Too many writers throw a character in simply to move the plot along instead of taking the time to round them out. Even the characters that don't speak feel as though they have depth.
The boy is on the run and trying to survive. He meets others along the way. Some are good and some are not-so-good. There is a disturbing scene that occurs when he is captured towards the beginning of the novel that makes me cringe every time I think about it. And even though I'm cringing, I'm impressed by the style of writing that brings that memory back to me.
There are a few times when it felt like we jumped from scene to scene without too much build up. He's running! He's in a museum? On a spaceship? What is happening? Once you give in a let the story take you where it wants you to go, you're in for an interesting ride. There are a couple of instances in which the author overuses a word or phrase in a short span, but nothing so conspicuous that it would distract.
So why four stars instead of 3 with this much critique? Honestly, I don't much care for the alien genre. I guess you would classify this as sci-fi, but considering I don't care for the genre but I liked the book itself? I gave it an extra star for keeping me interested.
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