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Kevin Simington
The Stars That Beckon
A ragged band of desperate survivors flee from a dying Earth in search of a new home. Leaving behind a planet that has been decimated by global catastrophe, they set course for a distant star system on board mankind’s only surviving starship. But the universe plays a cruel joke on them. Awakening from cryogenic stasis, they discover that they have not only travelled through space, but through time as well. Now facing even deadlier threats from a strange world, their battle for survival is only just beginning. An exciting, intelligent, fast paced adventure that spans the galaxy!
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.50 out of 10


Plot: Simington has crafted an engrossing space opera, well-paced and cleverly plotted with numerous surprising turns. The universe the book weaves is vast, richly detailed and authentic. The book features complete narrative arcs while effectively launching a series in its culmination.

Prose/Style: The writing flows nicely, gracefully blending exposition and dialogue. Action scenes are depicted vividly and imaginatively.

Originality: The book fits comfortably in the established science fiction genre, but does so with an original plot and characters that readers will attach to. The setting and scenario are well-conceived and depicted successfully.

Character/Execution: While certainly a book that favors plot over character, this work does do a praiseworthy job of creating and differentiating characters that can carry somewhat complicated narrative arcs of group politics.

Date Submitted: July 11, 2020