Solaris Seethes, Janet McNulty
Rating: 1 Star
Tags: Not for me.
Length: 272 Pages
After escaping the destruction of her home planet, Lanyr, with the help of the mysterious Solaris, Rynah must put her faith in an ancient legend. Never one to believe in stories and legends, she is forced to follow the ancient tales of her people: tales that also seem to predict her current situation.
Forced to unite with four unlikely heroes from an unknown planet (the philosopher, the warrior, the lover, the inventor) in order to save the Lanyran people, Rynah and Solaris embark on an adventure that will shatter everything Rynah once believed.
Solaris Seethes – Like me, you too could share this feeling.
I suffered through sixty-six percent of this novel before finally “giving up” because I didn’t want to waste any more of my precious reading time. I do not give up on books but this one beat me.
Solaris Seethes is not science fiction, from the two thirds that I’ve read, I would define it as neurotic fantasy. It’s like the book is being used to work through issues and I, the reader, was left to feel emotionally conflicted during this process;
“I do not have an attitude,” Solaris said into Rynah’s ear, “but the weasel is right. She must produce the proper sounds to levitate the stones.”
The quote above is the vessel Solaris speaking, one that is portrayed as a grandmotherly type, “but the weasel is right” was a put down of Brie, a 16 year-old. Describing the timid and young girl as a “weasel” was just one of the many flaws of characterisation and the twisted values of this book, and I object to many things in this book.
The science is so lacking that I refuse to give it a sci-fi genre tag because, to me, it is unstable fantasy. It doesn’t sit well with me that overwrought and unpleasant emotions are everywhere and all over the place.
Also, the scenario of four people at four different time periods on Earth, all light years away, are able to be brought to the same transporter platform on the vessel stretches credulity to breaking point. You have to find four simultaneous wormholes to four different time periods on the Earth, locate the exact position of these individuals, then beam them simultaneously to the same platform of that vessel. It’s lacking plausibility.
If you are prepared to waste part of your limited life’s total reading time upon this rubbish, then, be my guest. I am not prepared to invest any more of my time and effort to reviewing this book. I have generously rated it at one star because, after all, it does contain words. That’s the only positive I can find.
Thank the Lord, at the time I downloaded it, it was free.
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Karen February 20, 2019 at 2:54 am
I agree with Cindi, I would have been out long before you.
Just so you know, John, as I gathered the cover and synopsis from Goodreads to add to your review, I noticed some author “friends,” including a supposed illustrator, behaving badly on Goodreads around this book, insulting and abusing reviewers. Even the author jumped in and escalated things on one review. Poor behaviour.
Love the honest and thoughtful review, John.
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Great, honest review, John. I give you a lot of credit for making it to the 66% mark. I don’t think I would’ve made to close that. I’ll avoid this one.