Luck (英語) ペーパーバック – 2012/7/10
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The Luck Saga
Adventure, action and romance across two galaxies as they collide and merge
On planet Luck Prime a boy is born. He is named Gabriall and it is his fate to change the destiny of two galaxies... but he cannot do it alone!
LUCK - volume one of The Luck Saga
Gabriall, now a cadet at The Rider Academy, and his Ridemate, Tontonn, are trained to mind-mesh with self-aware intelligent machines and to fly the mighty Steel Hornets.
A near-fatal crash with his Hornet leaves Cadet Gabriall stranded on the beach of a remote deserted island. He is rescued by The Sky Lord, Thozan Vinnavan, and it is love at first sight...
The three young men grapple with their emotional bonds until they join forces and take to space in Thozan Vinnavan's amazing Intergalactic Starship.
While exploring the outer reaches of a solar system, they encounter the overwhelmingly potent and mysterious alien powers that will prove to be the challenge of their lives!
About its actual length I had an exchange of opinions with its author:
the official length on Amazon's description of this book is 304 pages.
I have no doubt that with a "Paperback 5x8 inch, Garamond 11pt and NO double or increased line-spacing, standard margins" the number of pages is precisely 304 and if that is Amazon's accepted standard, so be it.
If I compare this specific typesetting (see also the preview for the printed edition) with that that most US fantasy/SF publishers actually use for their paperbacks I think the book is actually much shorter.
My personal rough estimate is less than half.
The time it took me to read it also plays a role in my estimate.
My estimate, rough as it is, could be of use to those customers who have read actual paperbacks for many years and still assess a book's price by those standards.
This is the first and as of now only published instalment of a M/M SF series; it ends with a steep cliffhanger and it cannot stand on its own.
The M/M romance element is essential to the plot, making the read unsuitable for those who do not care for gay fiction. Sex scenes are few and not very graphic.
The main flaw of this novel is a most basic one: most of the events, not only the many -too many- flashbacks, are told and not shown, and not without several repetitions as if the different chapters had been written at different times and collated later.
Said repetitions might have been intentional, especially those moments that are replayed through the eyes of a different character, but, even accepting that, they are not entirely well managed.
Telling instead of showing makes of this book a much shorter read than it could have been, the timespan covered being of about two years -plus flashbacks- and the plot being eventful. I would have loved to be able to read about all those neglected details that are only hinted at.
The events that are actually shown are often naive in their logical transitions which is a curious thing, actually, as elsewhere psychologies are finely depicted.
The character of Thozan and his developing feelings for Boy are only cursorily rounded which is a problem as they should be at the core of the plot. Gesaia, an AI, is very funny while the hornets are not enough rounded.
I think there are two more problems but they might be more a matter of taste than anything else.
VERY MILD SPOILERS MIGHT FOLLOW
First I do not like Thozan's thoughts about the feasibility of his relationships with Ton and Boy. His reasoning in terms of dominance and submission might be construed as logical as he is much older than they are and needs them to learn quickly how to survive in outer space without questioning him, but it shows an unpleasant side of his character. I hope this tract will evolve in the next instalments.
What we gather about the actual sex, with Thozan being firmly on top and Ton (and obviously Boy) surrendering control and accepting a position of inferiority, is also unpleasant and I also hope this will evolve later on.
Second there is this idea that a federation of planets can impose its own laws on a planet simply because it is located in an area that said federation considers within its control. There is a second idea, that of an inhabited world being private property of a person or family.
Both ideas are realistic, unfortunately: globalization is leading us to a world where corporate interests will rule more than people's wills, but they are appalling and it is sad to see them left unchallenged by the author.
The author also leaves the idea unchallenged that an oligarchy, thanks to a control mechanism which prevents abuses, might be a better form of government than democracy.
END OF VERY MILD SPOILERS
What pushed me through the pages, despite the flaws, is the unquestionable ability of the author of narrating a compelling story with some loveable characters.
Writing is very simple, early-teen level, but it is fluid and the story never drags.
Grammar is in order and only a couple of name switches disrupt the reading experience, especially where, in the last pages, Boy's sister is called Nia and not Kira, the first being Ton's niece.
I was drawn into the story which was so fascinating that I had trouble putting it down. I was involved in the lives of two Young men, Boy and Ton, how their relationship matured and realized that we were meant to LOVE. How easy it is to LOVE more than just one person. More than just yourself.
The technoLogy was mind altering, a nice change to read something that you couldn't guess what happens next.
I was glad to read this book and am hoping to read the sequel.
Great job Nemo Euler!