Beschreibung des Verlags
Karin Lowachee's debut novel is the engrossing story of a young boy's coming of age amid interstellar war, a riveting saga in the tradition of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game.
The merchant ship Mukudori encompasses the whole of eight-year-old Jos's world, until a notorious pirate destroys the ship, slaughters the adults, and enslaves the children. Thus begins a desperate odyssey of terror and escape that takes Jos beyond known space to the home of the strits, Earth's alien enemies.
To survive, the boy must become a living weapon and a master spy. But no training will protect Jos in a war where every hope might be a deadly lie, and every friendship might hide a lethal betrayal. And all the while he will face the most grueling trial of his life... becoming his own man.
I don't know what perfect storm conspired to create Ms. Lowachee's brilliant mind, but thank heavens. Best military sci-fi I've read in years. The characters are unique, believable, flawed, and wonderful. Jos is a great protagonist, and his story arc and character growth are chock-full of amazingly plotted turns. This was the kind of book where the first chapter's conundrums unfold until the very end. The world building is amazing, I could recommend this book all day long. If you love science fiction, you owe it to yourself to pick this up!
* Be forewarned, this book, while rarely graphic, covers some very dark material.
It's got everything !!
Don't look for standard Si Fi in this work other then the setting is in a future mankind has not quite gotten to yet, and may not ever get there if we don't wise up. But the author it's very hard at concepts and convictions that we all my recognize at one time or another. I agree, that if Star trek is as dark as you get, you might not want to get this book, but if you want to have the mind stimulated to be able to discover your "na" is, then do read Ms. Lowachee, by all means.
One of my all-time favorites
Guns. Assassins. Space. Could you really ask for more?
Well, okay, you could, but Warchild has it. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I picked this one up, so let me tell you so that you have an advantage that I didn't: this is a great. freaking. book. Lowachee has created a world that is amazing in every way, from a universe that is so well thought out it might as well be real to characters so deep that you think they've got to be walking around somewhere. The writing is absolutely immersive, and the dialogue is ridiculously well written.
Did I mention ASSASSINS?
This is not a fluffy, light science fiction novel, it should be said. It has dark themes and deals with real issues through the filter of science fiction. If Star Trek is as dark as you get, then this might be jarring for you... but get it anyway. It's amazing.