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"I need you to help me rescue your father_" With those words, Molly Fyde-and the rest of the known universe-will never be the same. What began as a simple task to retrieve her father's spaceship, has turned into more than Molly bargained for. Setting off to reconnect with her past, she is about to meet it in a way she never expected: Head-on. Her father is alive. Her mothe "I need you to help me rescue your father_" With those words, Molly Fyde-and the rest of the known universe-will never be the same. What began as a simple task to retrieve her father's spaceship, has turned into more than Molly bargained for. Setting off to reconnect with her past, she is about to meet it in a way she never expected: Head-on. Her father is alive. Her mother's memories are trapped inside the very ship which bears her name. On the run from her own Navy, Molly and her crew are now tasked with the impossible: Rescue her parents. Save the galaxy. End a war. But before they can attempt such heroics, Molly must first save a friend. One of her crew members is in trouble, their life hanging by a thread. And the only race of people Molly can turn to just happens to be the very aliens she's been raised to fear, trained to meet in battle. Drenard. Homeworld of humanity's sworn enemy. And the next stop for the starship Parsona.


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"I need you to help me rescue your father_" With those words, Molly Fyde-and the rest of the known universe-will never be the same. What began as a simple task to retrieve her father's spaceship, has turned into more than Molly bargained for. Setting off to reconnect with her past, she is about to meet it in a way she never expected: Head-on. Her father is alive. Her mothe "I need you to help me rescue your father_" With those words, Molly Fyde-and the rest of the known universe-will never be the same. What began as a simple task to retrieve her father's spaceship, has turned into more than Molly bargained for. Setting off to reconnect with her past, she is about to meet it in a way she never expected: Head-on. Her father is alive. Her mother's memories are trapped inside the very ship which bears her name. On the run from her own Navy, Molly and her crew are now tasked with the impossible: Rescue her parents. Save the galaxy. End a war. But before they can attempt such heroics, Molly must first save a friend. One of her crew members is in trouble, their life hanging by a thread. And the only race of people Molly can turn to just happens to be the very aliens she's been raised to fear, trained to meet in battle. Drenard. Homeworld of humanity's sworn enemy. And the next stop for the starship Parsona.

30 review for Molly Fyde and the Land of Light

  1. 5 out of 5

    Leann

    Molly Fyde and the Land of Light is a spectacular, captivating, and shocking follow up to The Parsona Rescue. Howey's debut, Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue was amazing, but Land of Light was even more impressive. The novel starts off with an intriguing prologue, and the first chapter pulled me back into the story with ease. As the pages turn, this novel grips you entirely. With each startling secret or shocking moment, I became more entranced by the story. This is not a series you want to miss Molly Fyde and the Land of Light is a spectacular, captivating, and shocking follow up to The Parsona Rescue. Howey's debut, Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue was amazing, but Land of Light was even more impressive. The novel starts off with an intriguing prologue, and the first chapter pulled me back into the story with ease. As the pages turn, this novel grips you entirely. With each startling secret or shocking moment, I became more entranced by the story. This is not a series you want to miss. If you love action, adventure, and a dash of romance, then you'll love The Bern Saga. I'm not going to get into details here, because then I'd be spoiling the novel (and probably a few points in the first one)! Highlights: Howey's description is fantastic, because he always makes me feel like I'm there, in the moment with the characters. I love how a few footnotes were included with this novel to help the reader's understanding, and I love how Howey took a risk by also giving us a glance into the other characters' minds, which I actually enjoyed. Land of Light far exceeded my expectations, surpassing the greatness of The Parsona Rescue. Now I am definitely eagerly anticipating the release of the next novel, Molly Fyde and the Blood of Billions! Lowlights: Hmm...nothing I can really think of. It was amazing. The Bern Saga is a must-read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Serge Boivin

    It was hard for me to put a rating on this second book in the series. I was a bit tempted to take it down to 3 stars, because everything didn't quite add up, but in the end I settled on 4, hoping that the next 2 in the series close it off well and fix some of the issues I felt with this one. In this second book, the characters are still strong, and the storyline is interesting. However, parts of it felt somewhat disjointed at times, and by the end I did not get the satisfaction I expected out of It was hard for me to put a rating on this second book in the series. I was a bit tempted to take it down to 3 stars, because everything didn't quite add up, but in the end I settled on 4, hoping that the next 2 in the series close it off well and fix some of the issues I felt with this one. In this second book, the characters are still strong, and the storyline is interesting. However, parts of it felt somewhat disjointed at times, and by the end I did not get the satisfaction I expected out of it. And it has nothing to do with the fact that it ends in a cliffhanger. I enjoy cliffhangers. It's just that this one felt too similar to the cliffhanger in the first book. There were also a few situations that did not feel genuine... I know, it's sci-fi... but it was the characters' feelings and reactions that seemed out of place with how the author described and developed them up until now. I hate revealing spoilers, so I'll just point out to Cole's initial reaction to the Drenard prison as an example that felt totally out of character to me. I realize this series is aimed at a much younger audience than me, so that might explain why it failed to earn the missing star in my rating... or maybe Wool spoiled me so. Still, I will continue on to the next in the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Hapney

    This installment in the Bern series takes Molly and her crew to Drennard, the home of the enemy humans have been fighting for years. Once again this story is pretty much a non-stop action adventure sci-fi ride. The main characters in these stories are somewhat young, but that hasn't detracted from my enjoyment of the series at all. It would probably enjoyable to teen sci-fi fans, but that doesn't mean it isn't meant for the rest of us to read. I hate it when people complain that the characters i This installment in the Bern series takes Molly and her crew to Drennard, the home of the enemy humans have been fighting for years. Once again this story is pretty much a non-stop action adventure sci-fi ride. The main characters in these stories are somewhat young, but that hasn't detracted from my enjoyment of the series at all. It would probably enjoyable to teen sci-fi fans, but that doesn't mean it isn't meant for the rest of us to read. I hate it when people complain that the characters in a story are too young and that because of that it must be a young adult book. Some pretty heavy stuff happens in these books including fairly graphic violence and the characters' reactions to those happenings, which doesn't generally happen in young adult books to my knowledge. Molly is a young woman who has had a lot thrust upon her. She's been kicked out of the Flight Academy and is now traveling through the galaxy in the hopes of rescuing her parents. Molly follows her heart when it comes to making and protecting her friends, which often leads her into dangerous circumstances. Despite this Molly perseveres and tries to do what she feels is right even when it doesn't seem to be in her best interest. Molly, Cole, Walter, Edison and Anlyn are the main characters in this installment of the series and they have to overcome fear and hatred to continue on their mission. Their adventure leads them into dangerous territory and even more dangerous circumstances to try to win their freedom. The characters are easy to identify with and I found it easy to get caught up in the story. Reading science fiction has been my love since I was a teen (over 30 years now). In that time I've developed a love of hard sci-fi, military sci-fi and dystopian sci-fi, as well as action adventure sci-fi. This book is definitely none of the first three, but fits nicely into the action adventure category. If you are looking to have someone include long theoretical formulas in the book, then this probably isn't the book for you. If you enjoy stories that dart around the universe meeting new characters and going new places while the characters run for their lives and try to figure out the clues that will lead to their survival, then I think you would enjoy this story. There were a few spelling errors and incorrect word usage, but not so much as to be a real problem. This is one of Hugh Howey's earlier works and I suspect that as Mr. Howey's career moves forward he isn't spending much time going back to edit his first books. I more than understand this. I published a romance that I wrote 20 years ago primarily as a test of how to market an e-book. Several people have commented that they didn't like the way it ended and that they wanted more, but I don't have any interest in rewriting that book as I'm now 60,000 words into my new sci-fi book and am looking forward, not back. Oops, guess I'm wandering off topic. Nevertheless, I am about to finish the third book in this series and have thoroughly enjoyed reading these books thus far. There are some far-fetched things from time to time, but who am I to say what will happen in the universe as time passes. Perhaps Hugh Howey really knows the Bern Seer. This review originally appeared on my blog http://tjhapney.wordpress.com/ and is worded as such.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kate Copeseeley

    When I read Hugh Howey books, the phrase that always pops into my head is "great and terrible beauty". There is something about the way he writes his characters that is so excruciatingly beautiful and sad. It's wonderful and you become so attached and then he snatches all that goodness right away from you until before you know it, you're crying your eyes out and telling yourself, "I'm waiting a FREAKING YEAR before I read the next one because I just can't take the PAIN!" I mean, I'm a nervous wr When I read Hugh Howey books, the phrase that always pops into my head is "great and terrible beauty". There is something about the way he writes his characters that is so excruciatingly beautiful and sad. It's wonderful and you become so attached and then he snatches all that goodness right away from you until before you know it, you're crying your eyes out and telling yourself, "I'm waiting a FREAKING YEAR before I read the next one because I just can't take the PAIN!" I mean, I'm a nervous wreck over here, people. But for all that, I love this series. I love Mollie. She is so vulnerable and yet so AMAZINGLY strong, and as a character she is probably one of my favorite in the world. I love her more than Katniss and probably as much as I love Arya or Dany. If George wrote YA sci-fi, I think it would be like this. And that is probably the biggest compliment I can give Howey. But forgive me if I wait awhile to read the next one...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Scott Greer

    This book was absolutely amazing. It is rare for me to power through a book, or lose track of time while reading. Land of Light had me from the 1st page or more accurately the last page of the 1st book. Having taken the time to establish the characters and the world that they live in throughout the 1st book Howey lets it all loose in the 2nd book sending those characters on a roller coaster ride that just does not quit. I am not one to recap plots, there is plenty of that around. What I can say This book was absolutely amazing. It is rare for me to power through a book, or lose track of time while reading. Land of Light had me from the 1st page or more accurately the last page of the 1st book. Having taken the time to establish the characters and the world that they live in throughout the 1st book Howey lets it all loose in the 2nd book sending those characters on a roller coaster ride that just does not quit. I am not one to recap plots, there is plenty of that around. What I can say is that if you are a fan of science fiction, you will love this series, and this book in particular. Do yourself a favor and spend the 2.99 for the book and support this supremely talented indie author!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Antionette

    Great story. I was so on edge that I had to read the synopsis of the 3rd book to reassure myself certain characters were going to make it! Molly could be a bit annoying when she's bantering with Cole, but she's 16 for Drenard's sake..LOL. Walter was most def, the hero of this one. I can't wait to get the 3rd book, it's for a steal on the amazon/audible whispersync tie-in right now! Great story. I was so on edge that I had to read the synopsis of the 3rd book to reassure myself certain characters were going to make it! Molly could be a bit annoying when she's bantering with Cole, but she's 16 for Drenard's sake..LOL. Walter was most def, the hero of this one. I can't wait to get the 3rd book, it's for a steal on the amazon/audible whispersync tie-in right now!

  7. 4 out of 5

    J.L. Dobias

    Molly Fyde and the Land of Light(The Bern Saga Book 2) by Hugh Howey I can't say enough about how good this book is. Each world is richly drawn out it such a fashion that it helps explain the motivations of many of the important characters- from within the context of their cultures. The cultures are often derived around the worlds themselves and sometimes out of misconceptions or at least faulty conclusions as regards how the races perceive their world and their place in the universe. Molly Fyde c Molly Fyde and the Land of Light(The Bern Saga Book 2) by Hugh Howey I can't say enough about how good this book is. Each world is richly drawn out it such a fashion that it helps explain the motivations of many of the important characters- from within the context of their cultures. The cultures are often derived around the worlds themselves and sometimes out of misconceptions or at least faulty conclusions as regards how the races perceive their world and their place in the universe. Molly Fyde comes from a universe that has taken several steps back for some unexplained reason as regards the attitude towards women. Many of her action seem to be driven by this and it become easy to see how she finds herself so enamored to Cole who so desperately wants to protect her from everything. He first has to figure out a way to protect her from herself and with Molly that's just not going to happen. It's enough to process that she still trusts him after he killed her uncle, but then her uncle was trying to kill her. Walter also would like to protect Molly and that makes him dangerous. In these books I notice a lot of similarities in the worlds and characters and themes to what I've seen in recent years among the popular Science Fiction and Sci-fi. For instance, there are ceremonies in here that kept bringing to mind the Mimbari of Babylon 5. There are features of the visit to Dakura that reminded me of Vanilla Sky. These are not bad things- they are handled well and move the story. This story has a lot to tell and it can almost become confusingly overwhelming. As usual there are few if any places our heroes might go where they will be safe from the fate that is creeping up on them. It is threatening to suck them in like the black-holes around them. Molly's goal is to find her father, but the path is never quite clear. Her mother, who seems now to reside in the ships computer is cryptic at best with her help. Molly is not even sure how much she can trust this person inside her ship. They have had to detour first and take Anlyn to Drenard. Getting out of there alive will be murder. Even then they will leave some of the crew behind. The next stop is Dakura where Molly finds that she is expected to destroy her mother's body so that someone named Byrne can't access her memories. There are so many things about Molly that seem to piece together like a fractured jigsaw puzzle that make the reader wonder what she is. Byrne thinks that she is important enough to try to snatch her. If I piece together her ability to do very fast calculations that most people rely on ship computers to do, and that she seems to always do the right thing even when she's not putting a lot of thought behind what she's doing, it makes me wonder. When she discovers that a race know as Bern are trying to open a gateway to our space in order to lay waste to humanity will she be able to stop them with her innate skill and luck? The stakes are getting higher and the threat is getting real. This is a great read for anyone who likes Sci-Fi or Science Fiction and fantasy and adventure and all the military political stuff of SF Military novels. J.L.D.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ceci

    Pretty Disappointed in what could’ve been a good read The concepts in this book are excellent. Cliffhanger, fantastic. The yo-yo of events is where this book tips squarely into the arena of annoyance. It’s like a roller coaster ride without the fun. Putting characters in jeopardy is fine, until you push them way past the point of any rational person’s ability to process and recover without a complete psychotic break. Nobody in this book would be functioning through these events in real life. It c Pretty Disappointed in what could’ve been a good read The concepts in this book are excellent. Cliffhanger, fantastic. The yo-yo of events is where this book tips squarely into the arena of annoyance. It’s like a roller coaster ride without the fun. Putting characters in jeopardy is fine, until you push them way past the point of any rational person’s ability to process and recover without a complete psychotic break. Nobody in this book would be functioning through these events in real life. It creates a superman effect which is the most boring type of character imaginable. This series is now teetering on the line of disappointing, which is sad because the tech and physics concepts are cool. Politics, alien races and cultures, world building, it all has so much potential. But I want to take this book out and slap it right now. I kind of want all the characters to die so I can let this series go. Not a great feeling.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Phaedon

    I'm really enjoying Howey's Bern Saga. I must admit that it was fairly clear in reading the first instalment that Howey was a less mature writer at the time. Having read the Silo series, there was quite a significant contrast to observe. Clearly, by the time he wrote the second instalment to this series, he had hit his stride. I found it hard to put it down, and resented my tendency to fall asleep while reading in the evening before I finished a chapter. While the characters are well developed en I'm really enjoying Howey's Bern Saga. I must admit that it was fairly clear in reading the first instalment that Howey was a less mature writer at the time. Having read the Silo series, there was quite a significant contrast to observe. Clearly, by the time he wrote the second instalment to this series, he had hit his stride. I found it hard to put it down, and resented my tendency to fall asleep while reading in the evening before I finished a chapter. While the characters are well developed enough, I think what makes this novel is the imaginative settings, world, cultures and peoples. It has delivers better than many science fiction stories in terms of plot. I really did find myself wanting to know what would transpire next. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest!

  10. 4 out of 5

    John Messec

    Decent if you like space opera. I like the Silo series by the same author so giving this series a chance though not really my style; I like more hard sci-fi. Main protagonist seems very 'girlie' which seems odd in today's fiction. This might be done purposefully as a character development thing; will continue the second book to see. The science bits will make you cringe if you like hard sci-fi. Even simple things like banking in space and 'watching the lasers shoot by in slow motion' make it seem Decent if you like space opera. I like the Silo series by the same author so giving this series a chance though not really my style; I like more hard sci-fi. Main protagonist seems very 'girlie' which seems odd in today's fiction. This might be done purposefully as a character development thing; will continue the second book to see. The science bits will make you cringe if you like hard sci-fi. Even simple things like banking in space and 'watching the lasers shoot by in slow motion' make it seem like something written in the 50's.

  11. 5 out of 5

    An Odd1

    Molly spaceship pilot, her nav sweetie, metal-face tech, big fur alien, land on enemy planet with comatose freed prisoner, survive rites to be citizens, find parent hiding secrets, attack by über-enemy. Cliffhanger to hyper-space.Typos: c4p12, 26.13 lie IS lay 27.11 unknowning IS unknowing 29.8 drug IS dragged

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brad Howard

    Better than the first in series Still somewhat disappointed after reading- doesn't quite match the quality of WOOL series but is a much better book than the first Molly Fyde novel. Leaves you with a great cliffhanger as well. Will read the next one and hope for more improvement. Better than the first in series Still somewhat disappointed after reading- doesn't quite match the quality of WOOL series but is a much better book than the first Molly Fyde novel. Leaves you with a great cliffhanger as well. Will read the next one and hope for more improvement.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joe Setness

    Not as good as the first one. The plot seemed very far-fetched, even for the genre, and full of extremely convenient coincidences. Not opposed to reading book 3 but not going to go out of my way to do so.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amir

    series only gets better soon far!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    I love this series! Molly is a real firecracker!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carly Kirk

    Again this is just a great series! The universe that Hugh Howey created is so well imagined and depicted and his characters are so great to get to know. Seriously can't recommend it enough. Again this is just a great series! The universe that Hugh Howey created is so well imagined and depicted and his characters are so great to get to know. Seriously can't recommend it enough.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Kester

    Awesome and fun A well done sequel. It was equal parts fun and thrilling. Molly is a great character and the story is moving along fantastically. Going to grab the next one!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aligato

    I really just like Hugh Howey's books, all of them! maybe not my favorite writing style or characters, but I love his plots and space opera style. I really just like Hugh Howey's books, all of them! maybe not my favorite writing style or characters, but I love his plots and space opera style.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Conlan

    Excellent book. Even better than the first book in the series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I can't decide if this was the best book of the series or if that honor belongs to the Parsona Rescue. Either way, the first half of this series is excellent. Enjoy it while it lasts. I can't decide if this was the best book of the series or if that honor belongs to the Parsona Rescue. Either way, the first half of this series is excellent. Enjoy it while it lasts.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ken Sodemann

    This book picks up exactly where the first book left off, and we get directly right back into the action. One thing that I really love about Hugh Howey's books is that there is rarely a lull in the action, and this book is no exception. Lot's of twists and turns, and certainly not a boring read. Another thing that I love about Hugh Howey's books is the way that he draws the reader in to the setting of the books. You really get a feel that you are actually there. Sometimes it is hard to visualize This book picks up exactly where the first book left off, and we get directly right back into the action. One thing that I really love about Hugh Howey's books is that there is rarely a lull in the action, and this book is no exception. Lot's of twists and turns, and certainly not a boring read. Another thing that I love about Hugh Howey's books is the way that he draws the reader in to the setting of the books. You really get a feel that you are actually there. Sometimes it is hard to visualize what is going on, but those instances are rare. His language when describing a scene is very visual, tactile, and vivid. This is especially true in the chapters that take place on Drenard. The right passage of the Wadi Thooo was interesting, as is the increasing bond that is clearly developing between Molly and her Wadi Thooo. I wish that portion of the story was developed a bit more. Perhaps that is to come in later books. We shall see. The different races that we have met so far have all been both a product of their environment, and an example of particular human tendencies taken to extremes, making humans seem downright moderate by comparison. For example, when we first meet the Glemots (in the previous book), they appear to be a race that takes environmentalism to absurd extremes (and they are), to the point that they take different paths through the world to make sure they don't create trails, they move their tents every morning, and almost totally shun technology, even though they excel at understanding it. They also consider war to be part of the natural way of things, and are fond of exterminating members of their own society who they decide violate the natural aesthetic somehow. We later learn that this is at least in part due to the fact that they would live forever if not killed, and this is the only way to provide a sustainable balance and not overrun first their planet and later the whole galaxy. A similar analysis could be done of the Palan and Drenard cultures. These richly defined cultures could easily lend themselves to an interesting set of books that delve into the history of each culture or tell the story of the Bern saga from the point of view of that particular race. The latter is especially true of the Drenard culture. Finally, as I read this series I am constantly asking myself questions like: Who can Molly trust? Can she even trust her "mom"? Who in the Navy has been compromised? Is Molly just being played by others and the Navy is just trying to stop her before she does some real damage? Now another question comes to mind. Are the Bern a threat to the Races Milky Way or are the races of the Milky Way a threat to the rest of the universe?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Combined review for books 1-4. Would rate 3.5 if I could. Reads almost exactly like a Heinlein juvenile, except a female lead and a much nastier body count. With all the characterization problems of a Heinlein juvenile, and iffier science.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I was so excited when I got this book second book in the series as I really liked the first one, “Molly Fyde and the Persona Rescue”, and this one did not disappoint. I was pulled right back into the story with the prologue and was hooked again after reading the first couple chapters. Parts of the story alternated between the POV’s of different characters. At first I wasn’t too sure of this change in narrative as I enjoyed reading from Molly’s perspective. But as I kept reading I found myself ge I was so excited when I got this book second book in the series as I really liked the first one, “Molly Fyde and the Persona Rescue”, and this one did not disappoint. I was pulled right back into the story with the prologue and was hooked again after reading the first couple chapters. Parts of the story alternated between the POV’s of different characters. At first I wasn’t too sure of this change in narrative as I enjoyed reading from Molly’s perspective. But as I kept reading I found myself getting more connected and emotionally invested in these characters. They are all so different from one another and yet I care about what happens to each of them. Again I was impressed with the descriptions in this book. Molly travels to several other planets and I was able to picture these new places and the species that inhabit them very easily. I felt like I was there every step of the way with Molly and her crew. I highly recommend this series, it really surprised me and in a good way. I can not wait to read the next book which comes out this summer.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This book is awesome. It really is. It reminds me a bit of the Hunger Games mixed with Ender's Game. Not that this book is about any "game" at all though. I really don't know how to write reviews without adding spoilers or what is considered a spoiler, so I'll just say this... After reading his first book WOOL, I decided that I was a Hugh Howey fan. After reading his Molly Fyde book, I decided that he is on the top of my "I will always read everything he puts out" list. I love his writing style a This book is awesome. It really is. It reminds me a bit of the Hunger Games mixed with Ender's Game. Not that this book is about any "game" at all though. I really don't know how to write reviews without adding spoilers or what is considered a spoiler, so I'll just say this... After reading his first book WOOL, I decided that I was a Hugh Howey fan. After reading his Molly Fyde book, I decided that he is on the top of my "I will always read everything he puts out" list. I love his writing style and I love his characters. He somehow makes it all seem believable even though it's in the future with beings that clearly don't exist. I just believe when I am reading that they do - I don't have to consciously decide to suspend reality. I love the adventures that Molly encounters and I love that Molly is a strong, female character in a completely normal way. A good role model for young readers. The only thing I would change about this book is to have a little more romance written between Molly and Cole. Not a lot, but just a smidge. Wait, is that a spoiler?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Steven Laidlaw

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Much better than the previous and the story was much more engaging. Although it still felt a bit like the main character was stumbling at times, it was nice to have a bit more of the overarch explained and revealed so we could actually know what's going on. The characters were better this time, although a few inconsistencies frustrated me. For a child genius it takes Molly *way* too long to work out the things going on around her, even with glaringly obvious clues rammed down her throat. Also I w Much better than the previous and the story was much more engaging. Although it still felt a bit like the main character was stumbling at times, it was nice to have a bit more of the overarch explained and revealed so we could actually know what's going on. The characters were better this time, although a few inconsistencies frustrated me. For a child genius it takes Molly *way* too long to work out the things going on around her, even with glaringly obvious clues rammed down her throat. Also I was confused with Walter. He has the ability to hack a military space vessel within minutes, but hasn't hacked the Persona in the weeks he has been aboard? Unlikely. Anyway, I will keep reading because I want to know what happens, and I'm actually starting to care about the characters. I just wish the characters weren't so slow to grasp everything (it's boring as the reader to be waiting for them to catch up) and were a bit more consistent.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Believe it or not, I liked this one even better than the first book in the series. There was more going on, both for Molly and in the universe, and there were some real troubles Molly had to face in this book. It continues to get better! My one complaint: In the book, Howey sets up a conceit where no one knows Molly's name is actually spelled "Mollie" except her parents and her. So when her mother appears and speaks to Molly, Howey writes "Mollie"... but only sometimes; it's actually a little inc Believe it or not, I liked this one even better than the first book in the series. There was more going on, both for Molly and in the universe, and there were some real troubles Molly had to face in this book. It continues to get better! My one complaint: In the book, Howey sets up a conceit where no one knows Molly's name is actually spelled "Mollie" except her parents and her. So when her mother appears and speaks to Molly, Howey writes "Mollie"... but only sometimes; it's actually a little inconsistent, and it bothers me. Then, later, there are a few other instances where other people who shouldn't know the spelling and/or the narration spells it with an I-E, too, which bothers me even more. All told, and without really counting, it was probably less than ten instances when the wrong Molly/Mollie was used, but it was enough to bug me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    Another 3.5 on this one, and another ending that pushes me to download the next book (which I think is the final book in the series). Really interesting concepts around life after death, alternate planes of existence, cross-species love, and friendship. But there is still something that doesn't feel quite complete to me, what is it? The writing is solid, there is humor, it's smart, sci-fi geek reading....I don't know. I found myself reading very quickly almost with an "I need to finish this, I o Another 3.5 on this one, and another ending that pushes me to download the next book (which I think is the final book in the series). Really interesting concepts around life after death, alternate planes of existence, cross-species love, and friendship. But there is still something that doesn't feel quite complete to me, what is it? The writing is solid, there is humor, it's smart, sci-fi geek reading....I don't know. I found myself reading very quickly almost with an "I need to finish this, I owe it to the author" feeling. So...I definitely didn't hate it, really liked parts of it, but I don't love it. I'm holding off downloading the third book for the moment, so I can read some other things on my wish list.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chelle

    I think the most endearing and moving undercurrent in this series is how the characters all endure such trials, challenges, even horrors and torture, and emerge without being irreparably scarred, even still with this cloak of innocence. They are courageous, even when they feel paralyzed with fear, and never quit even when it seems they are trapped and there is no way out. It is this lingering innocence that seemed to lend them their strength and moved them forward with hope, even as they faced t I think the most endearing and moving undercurrent in this series is how the characters all endure such trials, challenges, even horrors and torture, and emerge without being irreparably scarred, even still with this cloak of innocence. They are courageous, even when they feel paralyzed with fear, and never quit even when it seems they are trapped and there is no way out. It is this lingering innocence that seemed to lend them their strength and moved them forward with hope, even as they faced the impossible. *I* about gave in to my despair more than once, while these brave ones soldiered on. Awesome.

  29. 5 out of 5

    One Man Book Club

    Absolutely fantastic. You got mystery, adventure, bravery, sacrifice, love, betrayal, a great cliffhanger ending.... but none of that is the best part. The best part is the imagination that went in to telling this story! It's so unique--nothing I could have imagined up myself in a million years. I love that about Hugh Howey! Plus, this is a perfect testament to my policy of not starting a series until all the books are written and I can read the whole series at once. These are the biggest cliffha Absolutely fantastic. You got mystery, adventure, bravery, sacrifice, love, betrayal, a great cliffhanger ending.... but none of that is the best part. The best part is the imagination that went in to telling this story! It's so unique--nothing I could have imagined up myself in a million years. I love that about Hugh Howey! Plus, this is a perfect testament to my policy of not starting a series until all the books are written and I can read the whole series at once. These are the biggest cliffhangers I've ever experienced. Waiting for the next one would kill me! http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    Ah...Molly Fyde should be the YA hero of the year...This series is so much more interesting than vampires and zombies. She portrays a strong independent young woman with values, and I love that. The entire series is well written, with action that keeps the pages turning. I could never find a stopping point! And the supporting characters are all fully fleshed out and credible, and I had strong feelings about each of them! (Dang Walter!) I loved the Wool series so I was familiar with Hugh's writin Ah...Molly Fyde should be the YA hero of the year...This series is so much more interesting than vampires and zombies. She portrays a strong independent young woman with values, and I love that. The entire series is well written, with action that keeps the pages turning. I could never find a stopping point! And the supporting characters are all fully fleshed out and credible, and I had strong feelings about each of them! (Dang Walter!) I loved the Wool series so I was familiar with Hugh's writing, but he switched to this new world effortlessly! I'd highly recommend this series to anyone, young adult or "old" adult! Thank you so much! tn

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