The Chosen by Shay Fabbro

Posted April 1, 2012 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

The Mekans left much as they arrived, their shadows darkening the ruins of a once beautiful and vibrant planet. The noise of their engines, while still stirring up huge clouds of dust, no longer caused discomfort for the people. 
There wasn’t anyone left to hear. 
The Mekan Fleet threaten all life in the galaxy and only the Chosen can fight these metal monstrosities and save those that call this galaxy home. The Guardians travel to the home worlds of the Chosen, sent by the Masters of Gentra to guide and protect them. But the prophecy that speaks of the Mekan threat says nothing of sending the Guardians to the Chosen before the signs appear. The decision to send them early could doom all in the galaxy to death.

I don’t often read a lot of sci-fi, in fact it probably only makes up like 10% of the books I review, even though I watch a ton of sci-fi when it comes to movies or tv. I am not sure why such a difference exists between the two genres, but either way I do enjoy a good sci-fi book from time to time, so I was pretty excited about this book. 
One of the things I particularly enjoyed about this book was that even though it was a sci-fi book it still had a couple of my favorite elements from fantasy books within it. So because of that it didn’t feel like a huge shift in genres while I was reading. It was easier to get into the plot once I got through the beginning because of those familiar elements. 
The beginning of the book is probably my biggest issue with the book. I did have a little bit of a hard time with the beginning, which is actually a common problem I have with epic fantasy and sci-fi books. Often times authors have to introduce so much new information to the reader at the beginning of the book that it can sometimes be confusing for the reader. I felt like maybe there were too many people being introduced early on, and the names made it even harder for me to keep track of the people. I mean I couldn’t pronounce most of the peoples name in the book, so when that happens it harder for those people to stay clear in my own mind, let alone multiple characters that I am having that issue with. I think it was for that reason it felt like the beginning of the book took a long time to get through just because I was having some confusion issues. 
However, once you get through the beginning of the book it is actually a pretty enjoyable read. The writing is quality, and at that point you have pretty much everyone down, so you can really focus on the plot of the book. The theme is a common one you see in sci-fi but it is executed pretty well so it stands on it’s own two feet, which I appreciate. None of the book felt too much like another book out there, while still staying true to theme. 
Overall, I would have to say the book was a fun look into sci-fi, and a pretty enjoyable read. I think anyone who enjoys sci-fi would enjoy this book. The book isn’t to terribly long so it might be good for someone who is wanting to try out sci-fi, but for those of you have issue with odd names in fantasy and sci-fi books maybe this book isn’t for you. But like I said if you like sci-fi then this is probably a book you would enjoy. 

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