Genre: Science Fiction
Series: Donovan #1
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
I’m going to confess sci-fi is not a genre that has ever interested me, well except on the big screen. However when one of my favorite authors writes a sci-fi book, I had to give it try. OUTPOST by W. Michael Gear was an interesting read for me and I was surprised how much I enjoyed my first sci-fi book.
My first initial impression of OUTPOST was space meets the wild frontier. There’s technology, spaceships, but the world of Donovan had a wild west feel, especially after the Turalon arrives with its crew. Gear’s world building was vivid and interesting, and I loved the different species he populates this dangerous world with. What really drew me in were the complex characters he created. My favorite was Talina Perez: tough, commanding, charismatic, a leader, and survivor. Then there’s Dan Wirth, and this sentence out of the book describes who he is so well: Blood—he’d learned by the time he was sixteen—washed off with soap and water. You’ll learn to hate him. Throw in the torn between duty and self discovery Captain Max Taggert, the power hungry Supervisor Kalico Aguila, and you have one serious clash of personalties. One of my favorite parts of the story is what Talina’s blood possesses, it was fascinating and yet creepy in way. I can’t wait to see how it develops in the future books.
OUTPOST had a little of everything in it which made me a happy reader: kick ass heroine, action, a dangerous world filled with creatures and plants that kill, power shifts, the constant choices of choosing between the lesser of two evils, and a dash of Mayan mythology thrown it.