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review 2018-05-26 06:52
Adrift...
Adrift - Rob Boffard

Loved it! The suspense was great and there was non-stop action the entire ride! I literally held my breath through quite a bit of the book.

 

The boys, Corey and Malik, were my favorite characters out of all of them, besides the pilot, Captain Jana Volkova, I liked her a lot too, but the kids were seriously the stars of the show.

 

I only had an issue with one small part-

 

Roman turned sides way too easily. It seemed like one minute he was plotting their demise and the next he was helping to save them. I can see what the author was trying to show-that Corey being a child had a profound effect in his decision but geez, it just happened a little too quickly. 

 

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All-in-all a nice thrilling space adventure and definitely worth reading!

 

*I received this ARC from the author and the Goodreads FirstReads program in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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review 2016-09-14 12:42
IMPACT. Hold on tight...
Impact (Outer Earth) - Rob Boffard

Oh Impact. How I loved you. Except now we are at the end of the Outer Earth trilogy and I am immeasurably bereft. But before I sobbed into my pillow I was all OOH. Yay. Wait don’t do that. NO OR THAT. Ok you can do that. DON’T GO SO FAST. Actually go faster…

 

Rob Boffard’s writing style is akin to racing a Ferrari down a one way street and hoping to God the brakes are good before you hit the wall – it is fast, furious, utterly delightful and manages somehow to be as character driven as it is action packed. This was true of Tracer, of Zero-G and is even more true of Impact in a lot of ways as the author widens the scope and sets new targets in his sights.

 

I can’t really review the plot that much – I’m aware that some people will not even have started this series yet (why not? Go grab those car keys) so don’t want to spoil anything at all. Suffice to say the entire experience has been one of adrenalin fuelled imaginative joy with the odd introspective moment that just adds a beautiful layer to the whole. If you like your thrills thrilling, your characters complex and your world building  artistic and ingenious then the Outer Earth trilogy is probably for you.

 

Loved it. And then loved it some more. What now Mr Boffard I say what now? Do that again. Do it better. Do it FASTER.  Why even bother with brakes?

 

Mad, exhilarating insanity. Every. Second. Counts.

 

That is all.

 

Highly Recommended.

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review 2016-04-13 09:47
CORRE CORRE QUE TE PILLO
Tracer - Rob Boffard

Hoy toca comentar esta novela de ciencia ficción. Tengo que reconocer que, últimamente, mi gurú literaria Ugly Liz no está muy acertada. Esta la ponía como una cosa buenísima y superinteresante, "pageturning" que dicen ellos, y a mí no me ha gustado nada.

La historia se desarrolla en el año dos mil y pico largos, en una especie de nave espacial donde viven un montón de personas que han escapado de los últimos días de vida en la Tierra. La prota, Riley Hale, es una especie de "mensajera" (estilo Seur) que va corriendo a todas partes entregando paquetes. Un día es atacada por un grupo de matones, abre el paquete que llevaba y le querían quitar, ve lo que hay dentro... y eso desata unas persecuciones, pilla que te pillaré, que te mato pero cuando te voy a matar aparece un amigo tuyo y me mata a mí, que voy en tren que va a descarrilar pero no descarrila, que estoy rodeada por todas partes y me rescatan por arriba...

En fin, cansado hasta de leer.

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review 2016-03-31 12:37
Zero-G - Rob Boffard
Zero-G (Outer Earth) - Rob Boffard

 

'Eight inches to go. Seven. I try to not think of what we were taught about the physics of space. And what happens to the human body in a vacuum.
"My tongue. I can feel it on my tongue."
Five inches. "Carver, we're nearly there." Four.
Suddenly he's screaming in my ears. "It hurts, Riley, make it stop, make it stop!"'

 

Morgan is a disfigured man who keeps himself to himself in his mansion on his estate, living with only one other person, his elderly housekeeper, Engel. One ordinary day, a baby is found by the back door and Morgan decides to bring her in and raise her as his own. But the next day, more children appear out of thin air, ‘Morgan was stand by the drawing room window and gazing out into the garden when a square of air above the lawn seemed to ripple as though it were silk and a knife had been drawn across it, and a child appeared on the lawn and began to walk towards the house, perfectly confident, it seemed, that she would be received.’ Every day, more and more children arrive, on their own or in groups. When the ministry of welfare turn up at his door, due to rumours of Morgan having forty-four children running around his estate, they end of taking the first child, Moria. Morgan and a handful of other children go out in search for her, ending up at a factory that his sister runs and turns out to be a family business, but what do they do with children there?

 

At the beginning of each chapter, Lambert writes a little sentence to sum up what’s going to happen in the following chapter, ‘Chapter Three... In which medical help us required and Morgan is shocked by an image in water.’ I found that this spoiled the book a little bit as it basically tells you what happens before you’ve read it.

 

Some of the content of the story was described in incredible detail that the horrific images are carved into my brain and won’t go away, no matter how many Disney princess film I watch.

 

I did find that this story with its 202 pages was too short for all the issues it raised. I’m also not sure what genre The Children’s Home would come under as I heard that it’s classed as a fairytale but I do not see that at all.

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review 2016-03-23 23:02
Tracer by Rob Boffard
Tracer - Rob Boffard

Earth has been destroyed and is uninhabitable.  The people who live on a space station called Outer Earth are the only ones left.  Outer Earth is overcrowded, worn down and rife with gangs.  They scrape to find methods of employment, food and other goods.

  

Riley is a Tracer, a member of the courier group The Devil Dancers.  They spend their days delivering packages of unknown goods and the number one rule is you don’t want to know what you’re carrying.  When Riley gets accosted by a gang who is trying to rob her of the package she carries, she gets a glimpse at what’s inside the package.  She shouldn’t have done that!  When she delivers the package all hell breaks loose.  Riley and her fellow Tracers are now in danger.  Every where she looks, someone is after her and all she can do is run.  She’s not just running for her life, she’s running for everyone else’s too.

 

The POVs switch between Riley, her friend, Prakesh, and the bad guy, Darnell.   Riley is a strong lead character who endures through thick and thin.  Prakesh is just an awesome, supportive-as-hell guy and Darnell is one creepy dude.  I wouldn’t want to be in a room for two seconds with that guy!

 

This book reminded me of the Wool series by Hugh Howey, in that it takes place in a dystopian habitat that is incredibly overcrowded, with a secret agenda underway.  Fans of Wool will enjoy this sci-fi thriller for sure.  Tracer is a great go-to book if you are looking for a harrowing, non-stop, action-packed read!

 

I want to thank the publisher (Redhood Books) for providing me with the ARC through Netgalley for an honest review.

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