Saturday, 10 September 2016

Panterra:The Machinist - Gary L Ward


I was lucky enough to receive an e-book copy of Panterra: The Machinist direct from the author Gary L. Ward in exchange for an honest review. 

Panterra follows Arlington Moore, one of the scattered crew from RTS Selkirk. Their ship crash landed and to save resources, the ship spreads the crew across the land where they crash. We start the story four years after the crash with Arlington living in a community of cat like humanoids, he has recovered from the crash and has helped the community with technology and has been accepted as one of their own. 

Panterra is excellently written, the world building is some of the best I've read recently and I really felt that the author shows rather than tells, which is definitely a bonus in fantasy where you can get bogged down in the details. I also think that the characterisation is very well done and each character is very clearly defined with their own traits and personality.

The story is well paced and well thought out. I'm trying to not spoil anything from the story as I really feel this book needs to be read to be appreciated as the synopsis does not do it justice. 

The only thing that I struggled with in the book was the internal dialogue (Arlington accidently created an AI called Alex who moved from the ships "brain" to the chip in Arlington) as it was not always very clear who was actually talking so some scenes became slightly confused for me and I had to read them more than once. It didn't take away the enjoyment of the story, but it did make reading it frustrating at times. 

Overall an excellent book and one I will be recommending. 

I started this book on the 29th of August 2016 and finished it on the 7th of September 2016
I gave this book 4 stars


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