White Seed by Kenneth Marshall
Published December 21st 2014
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review
The White Seed Brings Life to Worlds
Three thousand years ago, the seeds arrived from Earth on hundreds of worlds. The developed ones formed the Network, connected only by radio and laser. Since the time of the seeds, nothing but information has traveled between the stars. Now a starship, The Child of Ambition, is changing that. Her first mission: to explore the dark worlds, the ones that failed.
Kali Hakoian, pilot-astronaut and war hero, thought landing on the super-Earth of Keto would be routine. The emptiest seed world—its global ocean matted with algae and crawling with hurricanes—hides the oldest human ruins. Her crew of scientists: a dreamer, a believer, and a retired assassin. Their hypothesis—self-termination of the seed base.
But when an act of sabotage strands her in the path of a superstorm, she’s forced to escape with the man she trusts the least. They may never find out what happened to the settlers—unless it happens to them. Can she trust her crew enough to find a way out of the darkness?
This book is about a team of astronauts with the mission of exploring a failed colony in the planet Keto.
The beginning of this novel was a mess. The author started with a flashback, which could have worked out if the first quarter of the book wasn’t a complete mess. In that flashback, there were characters introduced that the author never mentioned again, like Odis. After that first chapter, where I was already feeling lost, there was a list of characters (that weren’t mentioned in the flashback) and their jobs. The rest of the plot surrounded some of them but it is not like I was going to memorize who they were and what they did just from reading the list. The second chapter starts and I get even more confused than in the first. All the characters of the list are together, talking to each other. I try to memorize their names but the author just throws descriptions and backgrounds. If there were less characters, maybe I’d retain something but with a group like that, I didn’t even know those descriptions belonged to who.
This character confusion only passed about halfway through but, with all the flashbacks, I would just get confused again.
Now, the plot. The overall concept of the book had potential. The problem was that the author didn’t deliver. The book was full of action-filled flashbacks but then, the “present” was only two characters walking around. There was almost no plot there but, luckily, after the middle, it got better.
The ideas were there but I still had a lot of problems with this book.
From the weird pacing, the flashbacks and the complete mess the characters were, this book offers a lot of confusion.
Still, it wasn’t all bad.
The mystery in Keto was interesting and, once I got used to the characters, the book was mildly enjoyable.
Rating: 3 stars
Me and thatonenerdygirl did a Book Club discussion of this book over on her blog. Here’s the link.
Check it out and comment your opinion.
Just keep in mind that there are a few spoilers!