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  • 02/2021
  • 978-1-716-06504-0
  • 250 pages
  • $12.50
The Dakker Chronicles: Birth of the Defiance
Matt Gerwitz, author
Some 150 years after colonists first arrived from Earth, the galaxy is very heavily populated. Settled planets are thriving and unsettled planets are being explored. Each planet and solar system are politically independent, though a Galactic Council does exist to provide a unifying force across the galaxy. Despite the many successes of the new galactic experiment, the original founder’s dream of Utopia was never realized. Planetary governments continue putting on a good show, making the people believe they are living in Utopia. But it is little more than a veneer. Underneath a thin veil of equality and goodwill is layer upon layer of greed, graft, and corruption. Everything those early colonists had thought they were leaving behind only followed them to DakolonEyo – and beyond. The planet is no Utopia. It is a dystopia with a nice coat of paint and manufactured smiles all around. But not everyone is fooled. A small group of skeptics – a group that call themselves the Independent Thinkers – are emerging. They don’t believe in the viability of the Utopian ideal. They know that the system they live under benefits those at the top while everyone else suffers. They also know that freedom is the only antidote to Utopianism. This is the story of how the Independent Thinkers go from being a small group of coffee shop philosophers to a force preparing to overthrow the Utopian ideal. Will they succeed? Only time will tell.
Reviews
In the year 2100, a century and a half before the present of Gerwitz’s intergalactic saga, Mordecai Dak of Earth successfully colonized the Proteus galaxy. The legacy he leaves behind is a utopian society of independent worlds among multiple planets and systems—or, at least, that’s what most everyone believes. Enter the Independent Thinkers, a defiant band weary of the mere illusion of freedom. The Dakker Chronicles series follows disillusioned tech wizard and “Indie” Colston Kayne on his unexpected journey from hiding out from the government to leading a revolution of “warriors” who, as one officer puts it, have dedicated themselves to “fighting to take our lives back, even if that means laying them down.”

Quick-paced, action-packed, and slightly philosophical, Birth of the Defiance treads a familiar path in SF and dystopian fiction. The story’s swiftness can keep it from transcending its most familiar elements. The book opens with Cole already on the run from the DakolonEyo secret police, relegating character background to memories or conversations about his past; readers don’t get to experience the home he’s lost or the hard choices that pushed him into revolt and leadership. Much the same can be said for the other main characters, who often feel like caricatures. As the action jumps from planet to planet, it’s hard to keep up with the many proper nouns without consulting the glossary—planets, cities, galaxies, and some characters become a blur.

Seasoned sci-fi readers or fans of the revolutionary dystopian thrillers are sure to find enjoyment in staples of the genre, here deployed with conviction as the “Indies” stand up to tyranny with their “heaters blasting and plasma shots exploding”—here’s supercharged plasma weapons, warpspeed space travel, daring pirates, a strong villain, and a budding romance amidst varied sequences of fighting. SF fans looking for a quick dose of action, subterfuge, and the beginnings of a revolution will enjoy this fast-paced adventure.

Takeaway: This fast-spaced series centered on an intergalactic revolution debuts with phasers blasting.

Great for fans of: David Weber, Richard Baker.

Production grades
Cover: B-
Design and typography: A-
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B
Marketing copy: A

Lulu Press

FROM A.V. - Winter Haven , FL: "To be continued?? I sure do hope you are working on the next book :) :) :) I really enjoyed the book. Life on a planet where Utopia is just a name and not reality. Citizens who actually think for themselves are pushed aside and punished, so a group of them team up with some pirates to seek truth and freedom for the people. What appears as good is actually just a smoke screen for control and power for the leaders. The quest for freedom is not easy, but worth the risks. Interesting characters and action that keeps you on your toes and rooting for success."

Lulu Press

A fascinating, fast paced book set in the future. The classic good vs evil but a unique perspective targeting the lies, misconceptions, and deceit of a utopian system, and those rising against it. Matt Gerwitz's expansive imagination carries the reader through intricate plots and subplots, masterfully woven around a cast of intriguing characters. At times it was hard to put this book down. I eagerly await future installments!

by Andrew Gerwitz Jr

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 02/2021
  • 978-1-716-06504-0
  • 250 pages
  • $12.50

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