Review of Orion Colony

November 26, 2019 Reviews 0 ★★★½

Review of Orion ColonyOrion Colony: An Intergalactic Space Opera Adventure by J.N. Chaney
Series: Orion Colony #1
Published by Audible Studios on June 4, 2019
Length: 6:2
Genres: Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
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three-half-stars

Humanity’s Exodus is about to begin.

When half of mankind revolts and demands more opportunity, those at the top decide on a compromise: they will build the first colony ships and allow those who are willing to discover new worlds to leave and start over.

Twelve ships are built, the first of which is called Orion. Many are eager to go, but only one hundred thousand are chosen for each vessel. Far from Earth, a new life awaits, and it promises the prosperity they’ve always wanted.

But still, resistance stirs, eager to sabotage this new expansion effort, threatening the promise of a new life. As Orion moves through the void of space, towards a distant world, its passengers must fight for survival in an unprecedented conflict.

Win or lose, their future will be forever changed.

Experience a sprawling galactic tale in this first entry to The Orion Colony series. If you’re a fan of Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, or Indiana Jones, you’ll love this epic, space opera adventure.

This is a rather short story about a man embarking on a colony ship to another world. Mars (and Earth) are composed of two classes… the elite who are genetically-engineered to live forever, and the normal people who aren’t. In other to create opportunity for normal people, the elite have financed and organized ships that will go to new planets. Dean, the main character, is a mechanic who is caught up on the first ship launch and must work to try to save the ship from terrorists who want to see it destroyed.

The story was fine, if not safe. It is fairly shallow, but still entertaining until it reaches its main climax. At that climax, when Dean faces off against a terrorist, the entire following events could have been easily dealt with had he just shot and stunned the terrorist. After that, the book is setting up to go in a completely different direction for the remainder and future books, which is fine, but really isn’t the original story that was set out. A lot of things didn’t make a ton of sense… like the motivations of the terrorists on the ship, or the fact that the ship had no redundancy in any of its systems, or much security for that matter, or the fact that all of the escape pods of the ship were in just one level. Most of the characters are just developed enough to push forward the plot, and not much else.

Overall, its a fun little book to listen to, but not earth-shattering or deep in any way.

three-half-stars
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