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{October 12, 2012}   {Review} Aristeia: Revolutionary Right by Wayne Basta

From Goodreads:  A former naval starfighter pilot, Maarkean Ocaitchi once fought to protect the Alliance and its principles of freedom and democracy, but his sister’s rebellious past forced them both into a life of smuggling. He nevertheless refuses to believe her assertions that the whole system is corrupt… until she is arrested and condemned to death as a traitor. Now, Maarkean must decide where his loyalty lies, and will either spark a rebellion or help crush the spirit of democracy once and for all. The experience will challenge everything he thinks he knows about resistance, loyalty, and friendship. Written in the spirit of heroic space adventure, Aristeia: Revolutionary Right is the first book in a series by new author Wayne Basta.

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I was reminded, very much, of Star Trek as I read this sci-fi novel.  In fact, I recommended it to my brother and mother because, growing up, they were really into all the different Star Treks and space adventure TV shows out there, and I really think this is up their alley.  Likewise, I believe any lover of space adventures will enjoy this novel as Basta creates a highly detailed world complete with spaceships, intense weaponry, aerial fights, and other worlds that are highly interesting.

While I’ll admit I’m less into sci-fi explanations and more into the character development, I think Basta did a fantastic job with both.  He creates many interesting characters, and I really enjoyed getting to know them as the story unfolded.  Maarkean and Saracasi were my favorite and, in my opinion, the most developed of the characters.  They felt very real and, though I’m not necessarily an epic sci-fi fan myself, I cared about their world and their freedom, and their predicaments and disposition really made me want to continue reading the story.

I had a little bit of a problem keeping all the characters straight, as there are many and their names aren’t exactly easy to pronounce, but overall I think Basta did a great job building up his universe alongside his character development.  In general, I believe those who enjoy the occasional science fiction novel will like Aristeia: Revolutionary Right, while those hardcore science fiction lovers out there will adore it.  Three and a half stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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