Saturday, August 13, 2011

Book Review: Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill

Title: Black Hole Sun
Author: David Macinnes Gill
Genre: Teen Fiction, Science Fiction
Publication Date: August 4, 2010
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
ISBN-13 Book: 9780061673047
Source: I checked out a copy from my local library. This is my honest review!

Black Hole Sun (Black Hole Sun, #1)Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Durango is a Regulator haunted by his past.  He lives his life by the Tenets, helping people and fighting for what he believes is right.  On Mars life can be rough.  When a group of miners asks Durango for his help fighting the Draeu, a cannibalistic race, he has no choice but to help.  But is he willing to risk everything he is and he believes in to save them?

Once more I have come across a book that has me at odds.  Black Hole Sun is a fast and enticing piece of science fiction.  It hooks you in the beginning and the action and rapier wit propels you through the novel.  My only complaint is that I felt that there were missing pieces or holes in the story that I would have felt more comfortable if the pieces had been filled in.

The characters are interesting and intriguing.  You like Durango and want to root for him, but so much of who he is now is deeply rooted in the tragedies of his past.  I believe with more detail, he could have been a more sympathetic character, one that would have been easier to relate to.  What exactly were his father’s crimes, tell me more about the Tenets and the honor code Durango is bound by.  I just needed more.  Vienne was the same way.  I really could have used more information about her history and her actions. 

Pacing in this novel is spot on.  The action starts from the very beginning and carries you through to the end.  It was really an easy book to keep reading because you felt like you always wanted to know more and were excited to find out what will happen next. 

I guess my biggest concern about this novel is the world building aspect.  This is a science fiction novel set on Mars.  There are some mentions of Earth and a plague.  There is obviously a history of Mars that is being referred to.  There are terms and terminology that are unique to this world.  I guess what I am saying is that there wasn’t enough explanation given to the history, the terms, and terminology.  We are thrust into the action of the story without any explanation of events.  It leaves the reader floundering somewhat as the story progresses, trying to fill in gaps in their knowledge of this world.

The sequel, Invisible Sun is scheduled for release on March 27, 2012.  I will definitely be picking that one up because I hope it will fill in some of the missing pieces from this book.  Gill caught my interest with this book, and left me wanting more.  So despite the flaws this is a world I am anxious to return to. 

Overall this was a fun action packed read.  I highly recommend it to fans of science fiction novels and I look forward to the release of Invisible Sun in 2012. 

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2 comments:

  1. There isn't enough good science fiction in the YA genre! This is in the TBR pile for sure!

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  2. YA Science Fiction, unless it is dystopian, is very rare. I would love to see more of it out there. Especially if it were to be good quality as well!

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