Nerds… in… space! Check out Robert and Bryan’s take on Hugh Howey’s debut novel, Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue.
Bryan’s quick summary:
Molly Fyde was the only girl in Flight Academy until she was expelled by her sexist commander. She’d nearly adjusted to a life in normal high school when her father’s old starship turned up on the other side of the galaxy. She sets off on a long journey across the cosmos with her old flight partner/crush and treats it like a Spring Break vacation. Gunfire, flooding, arms dealers, betrayal, and even a fusion bomb may turn this into the last trip Molly will ever take.
Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue is by Hugh Howey
So what did we think? (From a reader’s perspective)
1. (Robert) I read Hugh Howey’s “Wool” series a while back, and while I loved it, I wasn’t as much of a fan as others. Some plot holes, weak characters, and writing quirks put me off, so I was expecting more of the same, since this book was actually Howey’s first. I was delightfully surprised! The story is pure sci-fi fun, with plenty of action sequences, twists and turns.
2. (Bryan) A lot of writers tend to create other worlds as second or third earth carbon copies. All of the worlds Howey visits are extremely unique, and that’s pretty darn impressive.
3. (Robert) The story has an interesting mix of philosophy and sci-fi tech – it reminded me of the Ender’s Game sequel, “Speaker For The Dead”. There are some plot holes, but I loved the story so much, I was able to suspend disbelief!
What did we think from a writer’s perspective?
1. (Bryan) Even though he would later pull in millions of readers with his dystopian fiction, this is a good book, and it shows why you should always keep writing, because then people will go back and find your old (and still good) stuff.
2. (Robert) The chapters all end nicely on edgy moments, and there are some great unexpected twists, as if Howey wrote the book by the seat of his pants and decided to leave in the totally left-field plot-turns. I liked it more for this very reason – it incorporated the random elements of life itself and placed them into a high-risk space chase environment.
3. (Robert) There are some odd moments – perhaps even out of place for a sci-fi comic-strip style action adventure? The uber-clever alien Glemots are amazing (I loved their dialog!! Learned from a satellite’s technical manual!), yet they meet a rather sad end at their own hands, in a very dark and deep side-story.
Bryan and Robert’s Famous Takeaways:
1. Keep writing, you never know which book/series will be a hit!
2. The Alien settings (on Palan for example) lend great atmosphere and are well explored. These probably were the beginnings of Howey’s great ability to set a scene such as the silos in the Wool series.
3. A great female lead in a very mainstream sci-fi action adventure, stirred with some frightening futurist glimpses, makes for a great setting.
Prompt of the Week:
Imagine that you had to take a journey to a far off world. Who would be your companion and why? How would you deal with the many dangerous challenges you had to face throughout the universe?