The Galapagos Incident is the first installment of an extraordinary look into our interplanetary future. I did what no-one should do: I read the second book first. While I consider the sequel a tremendous stand-alone book, I was still curious enough about the first to request The Galapagos Incident. Here are a few of my opinions:
– The presence of small errors is more perceptible than in its sequel. I counted sixteen of them and informed the author. I doubt very much that they’ll be there much longer as a result. I don’t punish Indie-published books due to these small flaws; I‘m aware of the costs associated with copyediting and, besides, it’s the story that really matters;
– Now the setting: awesome! This is a richly imagined solar system that links up well with my notions of what is technologically achievable in the future. The universe encompasses economy, society, religion and, most importantly to me, it brilliantly portrays the devastating social changes that technology and Man’s expansionism may have on us;
– The story: With such a setting it becomes possible to write many stories, and the one chosen is an action-packed introduction to a unique group of characters. I know many of them from the sequel; it was a lot of fun to get to know Elfrida Goto at an earlier phase. I never detail plots, but I can say it didn’t fall into any patterns of predictability (an excellent point in the book’s favor);
– Dialogue and narrative style were enormously satisfying. There was a natural humor in both these arenas, allowing me to engage emotionally with the characters. This turns an otherwise good read into a great one and is the sign of a talented author.
I love fun reads. I score reviews much the same way as amazon recommends it, and since my sense of humor enjoys a good workout I guess it was inevitable that I’d give it five stars. If you’re anything like me you’ll enjoy it too.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for a fair and honest review.