Over the weekend, I finished Forbidden the Stars. The book lived up to all of my expectations.
It’s easy for a writer to get bogged down when writing science fiction. Some writers focus too much on the science and not enough the story. Others do the reverse. Valmore Daniels manages to maintain a balance between the two. It’s one of the things that made Forbidden the Stars a good read for me.
I enjoyed the author’s writing style. There are places where Valmore Daniels uses excerpts from ship logs, personal journals and files to help further the story. For the most part, this worked to great effect.
The characters were interesting and believable. Each one had a fully developed personality and clear motivations. That said, some characters were stronger than others. There were also a few minor characters that I wanted to know more about.
The setting, especially how things are run on Earth, is unique. It’s a different take on how things could be that I liked. It would have been nice to learn more about the events that led up to this but the story isn’t hurt by the lack of details.
Finally, the plot and pacing of the story made the book an easy read. There was always something happening and events kept moving at an even pace. Towards the end of the book, things felt a little rushed as the author tied up the plot.
If you want to get a science fiction fix, you should give this book a try.