A world ruled by the secretive Paragon Society, a group that enforces magical law with brutal efficiency. It is your own responsibility to adhere to these terms. Bottom line: a very good story in a promising series. Lots of action and jumping around, which left me feeling a little behind the curve at times. So Goodreads ate my review. The computer system of the ship as described is also less than what it could be - even given the state of the art when this book was written, I cannot imagine any system that would still leave back-door passages into the administrative privileges. Mr Delaney seems to get that page after page about how magic works, spell casting, use of power etc is not terribly interesting and sticks to what is needed to advance the plot.
It is an interesting story line. First, let me list the cons: There's a whole lot of unnecessary and poorly implemented 'social drama'. But his life doesn't go completely off the rails until the night Elyse shows up at his house, strips out of her clothes, and shape-shifts into a giant cat-a panther, to be exact. Obviously I may be totally wrong and whilst I hope I am, I'm probably not going to continue and find out. Now, instead of preparing for his freshman year of college, Orson is tossed head first into a world where shape-shifters, magic, and monsters are real.
My only goal is to tell a fun, exciting and engaging story and hopefully, you agree that I've succeeded in that endeavor. Product Description Lovelock is a capuchin monkey engineered to be the perfect servant--intelligent, agile, pliant, and devoted to his owner. In his heart is the desire to please, not just to avoid the pain his owner can inflict with a word, but because he loves her. Orson Reid: college freshman, gamer, and quite possibly the legendary boogeyman of the magical world. Now Orson is running for his life at the same time he is learning about his new powers. I am in love with Orson and the other characters in this book! It's very easy to identify with this primate, to the point where you wouldn't mind throwing a little monkey dung at something that annoys you.
He follows a noted scientist, documenting her life. I quite enjoyed meeting Orson and will follow his adventures. Most of all I loved the snark, humor and the gaming + Harry Potter references while Orson was trying to make sense of the new paranormal society that was abruptly foisted upon him and wreaked havoc on his life as he knew it. The intro kind of sounded like Card and Kidd had a rough go at it even though the book didn't reflect that. The story though is well written and gives one an inside view of an enslaved being's realization of his situation. Finally, the idea that the Ark would be planned with multiple communities of 'like-minded' individuals doesn't seem very plausible to me. I stumbled upon this book while looking for a fun new read and boy did this certainly meet my expectations!! I am thrilled I picked up this book on Kindle unlimited.
It is partially this quite dysfunctional setup that begins to set Lovelock off on his own journey of self-discovery, finding that he is not just a mute 'witness', but has thoughts and desires of his own - desires that eventually allow him to defeat some of the conditioning imposed on him, to remove Carol Jeanne from the pedestal she was placed on by his conditioning, and to take prohibited action to try and implement some of those desires. That's it for me and this series - if you can't be bothered to be sure your book's presentation is up to par, don't expect me to spend money on it. Another con is that there's a few things you'll just have to 'take for granted'. Lovelock is on a voyage he did not choose. Hopefully, this book won't end the adventures in this world, because I, for one, would love to return here again and again. Lovelock is a wonderful character. But a madman has his own plans for world domination.
Even though the book is worthwhile, wait to read it until the next one comes out. I did however notice that apparently there is a novella that was written prior to Orson, called Singularity Barbeque, so I guess that was supposed to be read first? He does the kind of soul-searching and meaning-searching I did when I was a kid. The author makes the unbelievable, believable by putting supernatural abilities to everyday people. If you have read the book of revelations from the Bible there are passages from this book that remind you of it. I really felt like the book was lacking depth of characters and feelings.
This was the first in a planned trilogy but I doubt there will be a second book. This is a very good study of an individual growing to be a man, in all senses of the word, and is worthy of reading by everyone, from libertarians to xenophobes. My only difficulty was with the unbelievibility of some of the background characters. Is told he has also become a shape-shifter. She takes him on a massive starship bound for a distant planet. Not the best group of people to try and integrate into a society that is supposed to be full of some of the best and brightest Earth has to offer - but as quickly becomes obvious, quite a few of the other travelers on the Ark are just as bad in their own ways. Lovelock is well-written and fully developed as a character.
Well I read this book not long after it came out so I have to go from memory. I am excited to continue reading this series to see just how much more! Orson Reid: college freshman, gamer and quite possibly the legendary boogeyman of the magical world. I did however notice that apparently there is a novella that was written prior to Orson, called Singularity Barbeque, so I guess that was supposed to be read first? His thoughts about slavery and the human soul are fine reading. I appreciated the variation on the typical shifter and magical being social composition. What human would consider the feelings of a capuchin monkey, no matter how enhanced? There are good things to this book, which is why I rate it five stars. Orson himself is a bit bi-polar as his character shifts a lot from being totally laid back and cool with all the weird shit going on to being a ginormous titty-baby about all the weird shit going on. I agree with other readers -- where are the second and third books?? I have read it several times and have gotten something new each time.
The comment that this is kiddy sci fi I believe was a bit unjustified, the book is not for a non-sci-fi or fantasy reader. I had quite a problem with a design that required that functioning ecologies be totally ripped upped and moved, right down to the dirt, whenever the ship changed from spin-induced gravity to an acceleration induced one - this is poor design, and there are other possible constructions that would obviate this need. It's the author's work and they can do whatever they like; however this reader rolled her eyes and sighed noisily at the ending. It all started the night Orson kissed his best friend, Elyse, and she kissed him back. Elyse, as it turns out, is a shape-shifter. It makes the book too short no matter how big it is. I am now a fan and got the rest of the Paragon Society novels by David Delaney before I finished so I did not have to wait.