Review of Scion of Conquered Earth by Michael J. Allen
In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent a copy of this book by the author for the possibility of a review. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.
I really enjoyed 90% of this book. Although I understand intellectually the reasoning behind the first 10% of the book and how it is meant to set up the protagonist’s motivations and future actions, it was just a bit over the top in brutality for my taste. Although I did appreciate the cannibalistic aerobics instructors. And the lawyers. I’m glad I pushed through it to the rest of the book, which I truly enjoyed.
Alaric is a complicated character and you are never quite sure what decision he will make or what direction he will turn, which makes the many plot twists and turns delightfully unexpected. I also enjoyed Cassii, an AI with a definite mind of her own.
Just when you think it will be a white knight story it becomes something else. And then something else. And then again.
And you never even felt the hook set. But set it did. And slowly, ever so slowly, it reeled you in.
I look forward to book two in the series. I can’t wait to see what they end up doing next.
I give it 4 stars.