Monday, February 28

Book Review: Homecoming

Title: Homecoming (Stargate Atlantis 16 - Legacy Series Book 1)

Author: Jo Graham and Melissa Scott

Pages: 350

Summary: Atlantis has returned to Earth. The team members have dispersed and are beginning new lives far from the dangers of the Pegasus galaxy. They think the adventure is over.

They’re wrong.

With the help of General Jack O’Neill, Atlantis rises once more - and the former members of the expedition must decided whether to return with her to Pegasus or to remain safely on Earth in the new lives the enjoy . . .

Picking up where the show’s final season ended, Stargate Atlantis Homecoming is the first in the exciting new Stargate Atlantis Legacy series. These all new adventure take the Atlantis team back to the Pegasus galaxy where a terrible new enemy has emerged, an enemy that threatens their lives, their friendships - and the future of Earth itself.

My Rating: 7.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The book takes place pretty much where the show left off, so I was excited to see there was a novelization that gives a story to what happens next. And as much as I enjoyed the book, I think it was a bit of a let down - I think I went in to the book with very high expectations, which would have been hard to meet. The book was as good as the average episode from the show, so over all not a bad read.

The overall story and how they got back to the Pegasus galaxy was fairly similar how I imagined it, and I really enjoyed the idea behind it. I was hoping the show or some continuation of it would do some sort of story line similar this. I’m very interested in seeing how this will play out and its climax. I do wish the book focused more on the “big threat,” because I found too much of the book focused on them travelling to planets learning of this threat, rather than facing it and on the relationships of the team. For example Teyla and Kennan relationship, issues surrounding her son and Sheppard’s role in her life were focused on a lot which took away from the story as a whole. I like character development, but this was too much for me, I wanted more on the main story

Although I enjoyed some subplots, the Genii and Beckett being held hostage for example, I also felt it was thrown in there, and it also messed up some continuity. The whole Sora thing bugged me because her story line was already tied up, bring it back to surface just didn’t click. I think the Genii aspects could have made for a book on its own. There’s so much history. Although, this aspect of the story might have more importance in later books, for how it was presented in the book, it did just seem to be shoved in there. I hope it carries out in the future books.
I enjoyed the story overall, and I’m looking forward to the future books in this sub-series, I just hope everything comes together in the next books, and the focus is less on the relationships (I was never a shipper) and more on the story.

Would I recommend it to read: Like with the other Stargate novels, only to a fan of the show. They’re my guilty pleasure reads.

What to read next: The next book in the Legacy sub series is called the Lost. It should be out some time in February.

2 comments:

  1. So I guess this book gets a thumbs sideways then? I am glad to hear that some of your expectations were fulfilled, though it sounds like it could have been a little bit better. I liked your review though. Very thoughtful and detailed.

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  2. Zibilee - Thumbs sideways may be a accurate description, with a slight angel up. LOL.

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