Ahoy there mateys! I bought this book back on 11/26/18 when I saw that the Kindle price had dropped to $1.99. I have been hearing good things about this series and so thought I would give it a shot. And turns out that I really enjoyed book one!
This book is a military sci-fi set in the year 2108. America is a commonwealth where the poor live in massive welfare cities where violence is the norm. Moving up in society is basically impossible. Andrew Grayson is one of the welfare rats who can’t help but dream of a different life. One of the ways to achieve his goal is a lottery ticket for a colony world in space. The odds are abysmal and the system might be rigged. The other is the military. Andrew’s test scores are good enough to earn him a slot in military boot camp. He just has to survive it.
I really, really enjoyed Andrew’s story. While Andrew can be self-absorbed, I was rooting for him from the beginning. I really liked the plausible version of the future envisioned by the author. This book isn’t a deep exploration of culture, politics, or morals but it is entertaining. Plus there be aliens! It is fluffy and fun and full of action. It was a quick read that completely held me attention and I read it in one sitting. I don’t have a lot to say about this book other than that.
The only real negative is that there are 5 more books in the series! Yikes. I will have to find time to read them all. Arrrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to two thousand calories of badly flavored soy every day:
You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service.
With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth. But as he starts a career of supposed privilege, he soon learns that the good food and decent health care come at a steep price…and that the settled galaxy holds far greater dangers than military bureaucrats or the gangs that rule the slums.
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