It wasn't easy for Molly being the only girl in Flight Academy, but getting expelled was even worse. Abandoned by her family when she was young and now tossed from the only home she's ever known, her future looks bleak.
But then Molly hears that her father's old starship has turned up halfway across the galaxy. Setting off to retrieve the old craft, she hopes it will hold clues to his disappearance. Accompanying her as a chaperone is Cole, her old flight partner from the Academy.
Molly can't believe it. She's now the proud owner of her own starship. Her spring break is going to be spent traveling across the galaxy with a cute boy. Could things possibly get any better?
Little does Molly know, they are about to get much, much worse....
©2009 Hugh Howey (P)2013 Hugh Howey
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"The Forced Was With Them"
Yes. I would go through the entire book and rethink all of the incredibly derivative events. For example, after writing the opening section, I would ask myself, where have I seen this before? An action sequence that turns out to be simulation for academy cadets that bears an Asian title. Oh yeah, Star Trek -- the Kobayashi Maru. Better rethink that and come up with something more original.
Then: A planet full of intelligent beings who resemble large humanoid bears. Hmmm. Sounds like -- Wookies! OK, these guys are way more intelligent than the dog-like Chewbacca, but still -- why write a species that is almost identical to one that was quite original when it first appeared in Star Wars, when there are an almost infinite number of alternatives, including those that may exist only within your own imagination, which would be a creative way to go about it, no?
Similarly: Jump into hyperspace and suddenly, unexpectedly appear in an asteroid field. Wait, this is no asteroid field, this is the debris of what was until recently a planet! Seriously Hugh? Nothing more original came to mind? You didn't think about rewriting this when you went back a reread your first draft? Or did never go back to rethink and rewrite your first draft? And editors: seriously? Has no one ever seen Star Wars?
There is not an ounce of originality here. This is just a plain vanilla space opera that is totally derivative of the seminal space opera, Star Wars. Guy and girl who pine for each other but refuse to admit it, accompanied by a metallic looking guy and a giant furry guy, ride their dilapidated space ship as they escape from one predicament just to fall directly into another, making totally unorthodox moves that somehow work out just right, and saving the free world(s) in the process. Seriously?
I listened to this book because I was so impressed by Howey's totally original Wool -- yes, another dystopian post-apocalyptic near-future, but a totally adult version, highly nuanced and texturally paced, a surprisingly creative entry in a crowded field. I knew going in that Molly Fyde was YA, but I still expected Howey to be original, unorthodox. I never once expected him to be so, so derivative, so shamelessly or obliviously derivative.
The performance was good. No qualms about how it was read, just what had to be read. Walter the Palan was the most interesting character, as written and as performed. Every other character was cardboard cutout from Star Wars, a Colorforms version of the highly familiar.
I once told a friend why I didn't like a particular movie, bashing it, as I have this book, for rehashing so many familiar characters and conventions and plot points from well known movies of the past. My friend's precocious ten-year-old son was listening in, and he cut me down to size by noting, quite correctly, that he was too young to have seen all those other movies, so this was his first experience with that type of movie, and he liked it.
Fair enough. Same could be true here. If you've never seen Star Wars or know nothing about it, maybe this will come off as an original work, maybe this will be your introduction to cadet simulations and hyperspace landings in asteroid fields and intelligent bear-like aliens. Otherwise, fuggedaboutit.
"Very teenie bopper."
Yes, the story wasn't bad but I wish there was a lot less of the does he or she love me or not stuff.
Removed a lot of the teen love story aspect of the book. He could have cut out a lot of the constant blabbing by the main character about her feelings, and just hinted instead.
she does all well, and I wouldn't mind listening to her again.
The story was good, though there was a bit of young puppy love stuff within. After listening to the rest of the books I understood why the author didn't explain alot about certain parts, because there is supposed to be a mystery behind the whole thing. However, I still felt as though they could have thrown a bit more of a bone to keep me more interested. I was on the edge of not getting the second book by the time this one was over.
"If you failed physicis you might like this book."
First, the author really needs to take some science classes. This is science fiction so I don't care if you can manipulate gravity, jump into hyperspace.
The problems in this book however destroy the suspension of disbelief on a regular basis. The main character has 'just enough time' to maneuver to 'dodge laser fire'. The author also appears to frequently confuse acceleration and velocity. And many of the descriptions of combat make it sound like aircraft in an atmosphere.
At one point a bomb starts a fire that burns down an entire planet, because apparently there has never been a forest fire there before (inhabited world).
You should also be warned that this is much more young adult than scifi
First off fix the science.
Then the story needs to be yanked out of it's young adult roots.
I admit I am a bit curious as to what happens next, but that happens with all but the worst books for me.
If you did not fail every science class you have ever taken please do not purchase this book. You will be going along listening to the story and suddenly want to bludgeon yourself to death because of the stupid emanating from your audio player.
I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who might be interested in this type of novel.
"Entertaining but not great literature"
Maybe, the narrator was good
Characters are not that intelligent or wise or sly no idea how they survive except that the writer wants them to.
"love this series."
loved it, narrator was awesome...great syfi. Would recommend highly to anyone who likes a good science fiction story. The narrator does a great job of keeping the characters separate. Love all of Howeys books.
Ali around around great story! I've enjoyed every one of Hugh Howey's stories. Narration was also great.
"Decent story but whispery narration"
The story is good, if a little too fiddly with butterflies and teen love angst. Completely forgiveable, because the sci and fi and action are good, even if the disrespect and ignorance of naval command is way over-played.
But the narration is very difficult to accept. Jennette has a beautiful voice that trails off for the second half of so many words. It's as if she is whispering, or struggling with a paralyzed vocal cord. Crank up the bass from -5 to plus 10, and as loud as I can bear, and it still requires focus to make out some of what's being said. Some terms are pronounced as if never heard, but only read. And "enemy" sounds like "eminy".
"O no! We are about to be captured!!!........ Again"
I listened to the first two books of the series before I had to quit. I will sum up my main issue with the series and just say that he reuses the plot device of being captured over and over and over again. You know its bad when the heroes of the book start joking about being captured repeatedly and starts rating their current prison accommodations........ And overall is just poorly written. This is a series to be avoided.
* I will note that the narrator did a good job with the material she was given
"I felt like I was just passing time."
It was a decent story with lots of similarities to other books. A little disappointing after reading the Wool series.
"A good yarn for children"
No. There's not much story and it's for children.
Rewrite it now he knows how to write novels.
Jennette Selig makes it sound interesting.
It's nowhere near interesting enough for that.
It's like watching a low-budget sci-fi film on DVD. Useful to while away some time.
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