Nophek Gloss Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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"A sucker punch to the senses...a killer story with real heart and soul." (Alastair Reynolds)
When a young man's planet is destroyed, he sets out on a single-minded quest for revenge across the galaxy in Nophek Gloss, the first book in this epic space-opera trilogy debut - perfect for fans of Revenger and Children of Time.
Caiden's planet is destroyed. His family gone. And, his only hope for survival is a crew of misfit aliens and a mysterious ship that seems to have a soul and a universe of its own. Together they will show him that the universe is much bigger, much more advanced, and much more mysterious than Caiden had ever imagined. But the universe hides dangers as well, and soon Caiden has his own plans.
He vows to do anything it takes to get revenge on the slavers who murdered his people and took away his home. To destroy their regime, he must infiltrate and dismantle them from the inside, or die trying.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 51 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||March 23 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #43,031 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#98 in Space Exploration Science Fiction
#281 in First Contact Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#878 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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While the action scenes tick all the right boxes for a classic space opera – tense chase scenes, richly-imagined alien species, sprawling empires – Essa Hansen shines brightest when showing us the often-fraught relationships between the protagonists. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, and follow these characters on their journey to remake the universe and themselves.
This book is for fans of Space Opera, unique and creative science fiction, found family stories and fiction that allows you to be drawn right in to the characters and care about them like you really known them. That's some powerful Graven magic, right there!
Read this one.
Be one of the first to pick up this book and later on gets to say, 'I read Nophek Gloss before Essa Hansen was all the rage.' That's the kind of momentum this story has, and the kind of skill Essa writes with. I cannot wait to read more from this fantastic author! Loved, loved, loved this read.
There was great attention to detail in describing all the different sentient beings featured in this cosmo-sphere. With enough detail for you to create a mental picture, but it never felt like info dumping.
The cosmic landscape s very interesting - with some unique elements I don’t recall being used before - so that’s a huge plus , on the creativity side. And it worked, for me enough to suspend critical thinking about the how’s and why’s of it. Again, enough details that you could picture it in your mind.
**Mild spoilers ahead**
The story Starts on a planet, with our main young character living what he thinks is his best Life. He’s happy, healthy, has a family, likes what he’s training to do (mechanic) and he’s good at it; despite a major agricultural issue happening there.
Then, almost immediately, the plot go sideways, and we’re transported to a very graphic and brutal slaughter of everyone we’ve just been introduced to by alien creatures, aside from our character. This sets up the actual cast of the story, and sets into motion the plots, external and internal. Our young boy now wants and swears to get revenge/justice for all the people who have been killed, his entire society, once he understands that it was not an accident, but a slaughter.
The rest of the book is just that. A great adventure with a lot of creativity, and interesting twists, of how he does just that, with the help of a group of sentient peoples who help him off the planet where the slaughter occurred, and out into the vast universe, which he had no idea existed until hat moment. They’re a motley band of personalities, each with different strengths and weaknesses that we get to know, along with a variety of personalities, traits, and species unique qualities.
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Enjoyed the excellent world building, enough information about the universes, beings, planets, systems, etc., that one can easily envision it. Without being bogged down and feeling like info dumps. And they used one of my own tips on renaming things, such as time systems. Instead of giving it an unmemorable, incomprehensible word for minutes, hour, etc - this write does the right thing and calls an hour an ‘ephemeris hour’.
Really liked the creativity in the augmentations (as well as all the various beings differences) - and one character’s (En) ability to shift gender presentations at will, and appearances as such to whatever they choose, and feel is most pertinent to the moment.
The mixed bag:
The use of creative cursing through 99% of the book (Crimes! Nine crimes! To void with this!)
* Though I was super disappointed in the author - because at one point our main character devolves in to a bunch of ‘sh*ts!’. I feel like the author failed there, when they had made such a clear style choice to not use typical english curses, until things got bad. They could have done better - and stayed in the story, choosing a creative curse, like the rest of the book.
Comes close to violating one of my personal pet peeves as a reader: Use of unpronounceable names; but they’re on the edge of tolerable. They’re non-sensical, but most are pronounceable, or close enough to gloss over (no pun intended!).
I wondered why when our character decided to make up a name for himself (Will), instead of giving his actual name (Caiden), that in his head all his dialog remains as Caiden. Wouldn’t he choose to use his own choice? This seems disconnected.
Ended well - the story was complete, I wasn’t left lacking for anything else; but didn’t like that the author used the last chapter as “ten years forward”. Which, basically was a sample beginning of book two in the series. Just call it what it is - a bonus chapter from the next book. It was in no way tied to the completion of the current story. And calling it a chapter like you thought it was a final typing up of some story plot detail, was a disappointment. Sure, it got me interested in where the adventure goes next perfectly well - but not as a final chapter. Which it clearly wasn’t.
Violated one of my major pet peeves - using the word ‘beat’ I [which is extremely specific to action - when the SCRIPT says ‘take a beat’ it means to pause. If you’re not an actor, you won’t know that. And if REALLY drives me nuts to hear it used in media, (tv, movies) and written into books. Late in this book, one character looks over to another, ‘for a beat’. WHYYYY?!?!?!?!?! Please, Authors, don’t use it. Just Don’t! Nothing belittles a reader more than having to fr*kking google a word, in order to understand what’s happening.
A couple quotes that sung out to me - but in no way are needed in context of the story:
“Maturation means discovering all the different facets of who we feel right being and how we fit into a complex world.”
“People punish themselves when they hate who they are: saying foul words about yourself, or fighting until all of you is pulp. We hope our words will push us to be stronger, or a better self will walk away from a bloody mess, but you can’t smash yourself into shape. Own what you hate, and polish the rest of you until that hated part is outshined completely.”
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The writing itself veers from the cringe-inducing:
"What did she use against you, your real fear?"
To the just plain awful
He strode forward before Caiden could respond, and Caiden was pulled along in the man's gravitas.
And don't get me started on the ending and the completely unnecessary twist that I think is intended to make your jaw drop in astonishment but just made me glad the book was finally over!
It's a shame because there's probably a good book in here somewhere. I won't be reading the sequel.
Fantastically implausible character interactions .
Our protagonist is 14 years old when his family and world are fed to hungry beasties by the bad guys.
In running and hiding he lucks upon the most powerful star-ship in the universe which saves him.
He’s found by 4 scavengers who decide, since he found the ship, it belongs to him. They seem to hang around and follow this kids whims because it gives them all turns to spout their philosophical one liners at him every 5 minutes.
Anyway they fix his ship for him and take him out into the big wide universe where he’s magically aged 6 years and given numerous skills......so he can get revenge against a million species civilisation.
That’s just the start of this sub YA wish-fulfilment ...it doesn’t get any better.
One thing that really grates is the story is told from our young protagonists POV. He’s basically a pig-farmer but has no problem describing frames of reference for all the wondrous things he encounters out in the universe.
It’s nonsense...over-hyped nonsense.
Within the first few pages the teenage protaganist becomes an orphan, discovers a crashed (yet still fully functional) spaceshiip with the most advanced tech in the galaxy, and is adopted by a bunch of friendly robbers who let him fly said hyper-ship in a life-or-death escape despite having their own trained pilot. Apparently the teen "knows machines" because he's worked on a farm - not sure how this means one can understand super-advance computer technology, but apparently it does. Overall it would make a reasonable wish-fulfillment novel for the younger teen audience new to SciFi, but is getting one star as it's being marketted as high-end adult fiction.
My final gripe is that despite her army of helpers to whom she gushes thanks at the end of the book, none of them picked up on the very basic error that she repeated at least 5 times: an arcminute is a measure of angle, NOT a unit of time; anyone with a little knowledge of Astronomy would know this.
Definitely won't buy the sequel; I just don't care enough about any of the characters.