Friday, July 6
Book Review: Reliquary
Author: Martha Wells
Pages: EBook - 240
Summary: Knowledge is power…
While exploring the unused sections of the Ancient city of Atlantis, Major John Sheppard and Dr. Rodney McKay stumble on a recording device that reveals a mysterious new Stargate address. Believing that the address may lead them to a vast repository of Ancient knowledge, the team embarks on a mission to this uncharted world.
There they discover a ruined city, full of whispered secrets and dark shadows. As tempers fray and trust breaks down, the team uncovers the truth at the heart of the city. A truth that spells their destruction.
With half their people compromised, it falls to Major John Sheppard and Dr. Rodney McKay to risk everything in a deadly game of bluff with the enemy. To fail would mean the fall of Atlantis itself – and, for Sheppard, the annihilation of his very humanity…
My Rating: 8.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: Another fantastic story line, this was a book I really enjoyed, and pretty much read in a sitting and was one of my favourite story lines from the novelizations so far. The author did a good job at tying the story into the Atlantis timeline, in past books there have been minor to major issue with continuity, but this book was well done.
The author also did a good job with characterization. I didn't see really any major issues where a character was out of character. I did find certain characters had more face time than others, but most of the characters that were toned down, were ones I didn't like as much. I do think it would have been interesting to focus away from certain characters and jump around to others. Because you are able to do this better in a book, I think it would have really added something to the story. Although it would have taken some of the tension and build-up away from the plot line, I still would have liked to take some focus away on John's inner thoughts and focus on some of the other characters.
The story line was also interesting, I like the idea behind it and although certain plot devices were similar to ones that have happened on the show, it was still a great story, that kept me reading almost non-stop. It had great team dynamics, and a plot that kept moving. It didn't stop or slow down, and it revealed the answers naturally. I wish there was a little more time to explain everything behind the big reveal, and the secrets surrounding it, but that is less of an issue this particular story, and more of an issue about the mystery of the Ancients and why they did what they did. Overall a great read.
Would I recommend it to read: Again as with other books in the series, only to Stargate fans. This particular book had a little more background information than some other books, so a few references are explained, but there is so much that isn't explained well enough to full grasp what is happening.
What to read next: More Stargate Books of course!
Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, New Author Challenge, Speculative Challenge