What makes a science fiction story a space opera? Well, it needs to take place in space obviously, though not necessarily all of the time. Hanging out solely in an arcology on a climate-blasted Earth, or even in a domed city on Mars, doesn’t cut it. Actually, the more space the better; though there are certainly exceptions, a good space opera should span a galaxy or two, or at least a solar system. And an opera has to be grand and dramatic –battling empires, invading aliens, mysterious ancient technology, and grand, sweeping story arcs.
This is another re-read (about the 4th I think) of a very significant book for me, actually THE book that turned me on to modern space opera. I was given it as a gift some years ago and reading it turned out to be a life-changing experience, in the sci-fi book geek context anyway.
From the first moment I saw it, this book grabbed hold of my attention. This is the first part of a series (three books announced so far) called The Silence and I’d classify it as space opera with a definite military sci-fi vibe and a good dose of hard sci-fi. I think it’s a very well-balanced mix that many fans of these genres will enjoy. It’s quite long but is wonderfully easy to read and the story kept me engaged easily, not exactly on the edge of the seat, but firmly locked in nonetheless.
A story about human origins and destiny, painted upon a vast and wonderful canvas.
An excellent addition to the massive array of indie science fiction books, one that thoroughly deserves every bit of praise it gets.