Friday, April 26, 2019

Random Review: Sio by C.A. Blocke #Review #Giveaway

Title: Sio
Author: C.A. Blocke 
Publisher: NineStar Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow 
Publication date: April 22, 2019
Length: 63600 words

Reviewed by Morningstar


Set in a near-future environment, mega-corporations have taken over the most habitable of planets, creating domed utopias for their devoted employees. Everyone else has been shunted off to a multitude of mostly habitable planets and moons where they scrape by as farmers and tradesfolk, miners and merchants, bounty hunters and scavengers.

James Marks and his crew of scav trash operate their ship, SIO, on a mission to obtain a mysterious piece of new tech. It changes everything and leaves him stranded somewhere he doesn’t recognize with a cute, if not a bit annoying, tech scientist. James doesn’t know, when he first meets Michael, but his life is about to change in a very surprising way.

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I love sci-fi romance stories so this hurts a little to say…

Although the writing was good, I struggled with understanding parts of what was going on in the beginning. There was not much backstory to help me understand what was going on and why. It was fast paced which made it feel like a much shorter story than what it was. What resulted, was me having to go back and reread parts to see if I could figure out what was going on.

For any sci-fi story, backstory and having the characters fleshed out if key, really essential. You cannot move forward telling a story if you haven’t given a sufficient base of the world you are dropping us into.

The lack of backstory and such, made it hard to cheer for the romance portion because I struggled to be able to sit back and relax into falling with them. Add in that the characters fall rather fast, I was left feeling that the story, as a whole, was lacking.

What I did love was the premise of the story. It was fun and interesting but is one that I think would be better off being told in a longer story with all the details that it deserves.


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