Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review Wednesday: Kepler One - The Choosing by T.P. Keane


Indication of continuation of the series

Goodreads Blurb:
"The radiation on Earth is killing everyone Zoe Ruthland cares about. After winning the Lottery, she is the only tier five citizen given a chance to start over on a new planet. Seen as unworthy, a criminal, many want her to fail. Zoe must survive training, and the other cadets, to secure her place on the Kepler One spacecraft. But something sinister lurks behind the Government’s plans to save humankind and Zoe has no idea that she is an integral part of it; that she is chosen for another reason."



Review:
Thank you to the author, T.P. Keane, and their publicist for gifting me with a copy of Kepler One - The Choosing in exchange for an honest review!

I really enjoyed this book!  I read in all in one sitting in just 3.5 hours which speaks for itself.  It wasn't completely flawless but enjoyable nonetheless.

1.  The characters.  This is the only complicated element for me.  On one hand, the author has taken steps to develop each character.  Their background, their personality, their actions, everything.  For the most part, this effort was entirely successful.  The characters jumped off the page which is a wonderful testament to the author's skill and their dedication to editing.  On the other hand, there are several prominent instances where this failed.  The main character, Zoe, had more lapses than the other characters (and they are more prominently displayed as the only POV is her perspective).  Especially near the end, she acted out of character in a spectacular fashion on several occasions.  She would randomly get angry and barge in places without thinking and would act incredibly irrationally.  This did not line up with her background of growing up in the toughest sector (the world is separated into five sectors, the fifth being the most dangerous, and Zoe grows up in the fifth).  You'd think growing up with that type of environment, you'd learn to temper yourself just a bit or at least have a more critical mind to pick apart situations and assess but Zoe doesn't seem to have any of these traits.  I did enjoy her character, nonetheless, and she provided some interesting discussion on leadership (more on that later).

2.  The plot.  As I mentioned above, I read this all in one go and was entirely engrossed.  This is 75% due to the plot and 25% due to the characters and my interest in their development.  While the characters are fascinating, the plot truly shines in this novel.  Taking a cue from all other successful novels, the author made sure to include an overarching plot line (the goal of getting to a more habitable planet) as well as secondary ones (Zoe and Nathan's exploits, Zoe's journey, and the little tests along the way).  Think a combination of The Hunger Games, Throne of Glass, and Passengers (the movie, not the book).  There is a selection process to determine who will be among the 15 people to go on the ship and travel to the selected planet that is hundreds of light-years away.  This selection process isn't exactly friendly but isn't to the level of The Hunger Games.  This provides tension which drives everything allow that much more smoothly.

3.  The romance.  Yes, there is a romance and yes, there is a love-triangle.  I'm pleased to report, however, that the romance doesn't overtake the plot in any way and the love-triangle itself isn't made too apparent until a couple of occurrences near the end.  Nothing to fret about.  I do hope that the author will keep in mind that romance is a secondary plot line in the next book as well.  The romance doesn't develop all that much because of Zoe's character which I loved as it stays very true to her personality and thought process.  All in all, I think the author is very good about sticking to the limitations of his characters in this instance.

4.  The writing.  I truly enjoyed this author's writing style.  They included some lyrical language but were also careful about making sure everything flowed well.  I can appreciate metaphorical language but there's definitely a time and a place for it and I think the author took the proper steps to ensure this was the case.

5.  The concept/idea.  This is also something I enjoyed immensely.  I loved how the author took the time to go through some of the science (I am by no means an expert in space travel and the bending of space-time in the creation and exploitation of worm-holes by the way) to make everything seem that much more believable.  The author also took the time to really flesh out the pressures of the mission (basically the survival of humanity).  I haven't read too many books related to space travel that I've enjoyed (basically The Martian) so this was a lovely read for me.

The Final Verdict:
All in all, a truly enjoyable novel.  While there were several distinct instances where characters acted extremely strangely for themselves, they were developed well and the plot shone.
4 stars

12 comments:

  1. I'm glad you ended up liking this one and I'm glad to hear the romance didn't take over the story. This one does sound unoriginal though. I guess I'd have to read it to truly judge but I feel like I've read this synopsis a million times before. :(

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    1. I am too :) I was a little worried when the MC started having issues but it all worked out in the end. I completely understand. In general, I think dystopia's are reaching the end of their popularity because the market is pretty saturated right now. Thanks for stopping by, Jenny!

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  2. I'm glad you liked the book :) Though characters acting out of characters really spoils the imagery and makes it all feel less realistic :/ I'm glad the romance or the love triangle doesn't overshadow the main plot! That's really important :) And of late I've read so many fantasies and not much science fiction and I think i'd love to read this :) Great review Laura :)

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    1. It was rather disappointing that the characters weren't entirely themselves however there was so much good that made up for it! If you end up reading it, I'd love to hear your thoughts :) Thanks for stopping by, Uma!

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  3. This sounds like something I'd like. I'm going to have to check it out!
    Great review!

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    1. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it, Carrie! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  4. This is new to me! The cover kinda gives me goosebumps, for some reason. O_O Hmmm, the fact that you mention a love triangle is enough to scare me away. I like love-triangle-free romances. :D I'm glad you enjoyed the book, Laura!

    Have a wonderful week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Haha perhaps it's a premonition that in the future we'll be like this. You can see the future, Alyssa! :D I totally understand; love triangles can be quite annoying and distracting. I hope you have a lovely week as well and thanks for stopping by!

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  5. This one sounds so good! While I do so love my character-driven novels, plot driven ones are such a blessing too. Looks like the author managed to evade a messy love triangle by keeping things toned down ahaha. Great review, Laura!

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    1. They are for sure! It's all about the balance for the right type of book and whatever themes the author is trying to convey. I really enjoyed the toned down love triangle! Thanks for stopping by, Ruz!

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  6. This sounds like such a good book, especially because of the plot being able to draw you in so well! I love the sound of how developed and engrossing it is. The characters sound decent but I am not sure how all the lapsing would work out for me. I don't mind a love triangle, as log as the reasons for it are justified. So that wouldn't bother me, I don't think.

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    1. For sure! It helps that I haven't read a whole lot of books centered around space travel and all. I don't mind a love triangle either if it's done right. The worst thing it can do is take over the plot and the triangle in this book did no such thing. Thanks for stopping by, Olivia!

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