Okay, enough foolishness. Here’s the review:
Offworld was quick-paced and full of action. It was a fun ride, and once it started rolling, it barely paused to let me catch a breath. I was familiar with a lot of the places Parrish described in the story, and I thought he did a pretty good job giving us the nickel tour of points of interest along Interstate-10.
The characters were likable, though a bit stereotypical. I thought girl-enigma Mae, however, was very unique and interesting, though I wished Parrish would have let her open up a little more, especially when the mystery surrounding her was resolved.
The story showcased lots of positive values, including loyalty, courage, self-sacrifice, integrity, and the importance of trust and honesty (or the problems that multiply from distrust and deception). Reference was made several times to Someone watching over our heroes, and judging by the number of hair-breadth escapes and miraculous survivals, I had to agree.
My biggest complaint was that Offworld shut down my willing suspension of disbelief at several points, and that takes some doing in a story I like. There was the characters’ Wile E. Coyote-like resistance to injury, a few car stunts that would make Hollywood filmmakers blush, and a key element of the story that gave me a whole new perspective on deus ex machina. It was distracting, but it didn’t keep me from enjoying the story. Like I said, it was a fun ride.
Bottom line, I think anybody who’s a fan of sci-fi actioners laced with a little mystery will enjoy Offworld.
Tomorrow, I’ll track down some commentary from other members of the CSFF Blog Tour crew and figure out who got science fiction in my fantasy (or maybe it was fantasy in my science fiction).
Don’t forget, I’m giving away a copy of Offworld this week! Everyone who leaves a comment through midnight on Day 3 will be entered into the drawing (1 entry per day, per person). After all entries have been collected, my daughter will draw them out of a hat and discard them until only one remains. The survivor gets the book!
No, it’s not a cookbook.
Please visit some of the other fine sites on the CSFF Blog Tour:
Robin Parrish’s Website: http://www.robinparrish.com/
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Todd Michael Greene
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen (posting later in the week)
John W. Otte
Rachel Starr Thomson
>>This review is based upon a copy of the book provided to me free of charge by the publisher, a courtesy I appreciate, but which does not guarantee my recommendation. I strive to evaluate every book I review purely on its intrinsic merits.<<