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I didn't know what to expect when I ordered this book, and I wasn't just pleasantly surprised, I was honestly blown away by this book. So much to talk about with this book and this series, but the obvious place to start is with the characters. In the Amazon summary of Uroboros Saga Book 1, the series is described as "character driven science fiction". Perfect. The characters and your connection with them, positive or negative, is what really keeps you engaged in this book. I love how dynamic each character is. There are not filler characters in this series, just these awesome people that you want to find out more and more about, which you do, if you keep reading. The characters are not typical at all, nor are they so over the top that they aren't believable. They are simply humans (even the non-human ones) making choices in this surprisingly believable future world of Port Montaigne. I love the interaction of Silverstein, Taylor and Ezra with their setting and with their plot. They are all testing this totally unpredictable around them and then seeing what happens so they can decide what to do next. These are not passive characters, but they are so real. Who wouldn't be more comfortable at home on the couch eating some ramen, but when the world is literally falling apart around you, you have to do something. And they do. They aren't setting out to be heroes, but they are pulled in, and they are thoughtful and smart enough that they get pulled in pretty hard. They don't make stupid decisions, they make well-educated decisions, and they are so respectable because of that, even if they make some wrong turns. They do a little acting, and then they do some reacting.
Subject matter in this series is so spectacular! Any preconceived notions you have will go out the window, and you will gladly just let them go, because you will be in the zone for this series. Some series are written to entertain, others are written to get you to think. Personally I've been enjoying a lot of nonfiction lately and been in more of that thinking mode. This series will get your mind going and you won't be able to stop. One of my favorite things about this book is the exploration of human nature and how that ties into technology. I'm kind of a technology-phobe and this book actually changed some of my opinions about technology, in ways I never expected. Not because this book is trying to change your opinion, just because you see all these what ifs... You look around you at all these cell phones and tablets and even down at your own e-book copy of Uroboros Saga Book 1 and you think, yep, I can totally see all of this happening.
The entertainment factor is at a premium, so I don't want to downplay that. Usually when you have a pretty good "thinking" book, the entertainment value suffers. This is not the case in the Uroboros Saga. Surprisingly this was a fast and easy read given how much information is introduced. The new concepts, vocabulary, and setting are introduced in a nontechnical way, just in a good story telling way. I think Silverstein's character really helps with this, as he wakes up without his memories. This is convenient as a way to show the audience this new world through plot, rather than through constant explanation, but it doesn't seem preconceived in any way, I only thought of how well it worked as I was writing this review. I consider myself quite well-read, and the plot of this book is unlike anything I've encountered thus far. Mr. Walker's writing style allows for this "watch as story unfolds" narration, rather than history book or getting hit over the head with types narration. The pacing is about as good as it gets. This is a series read, but I read it before purchasing the rest of the series to test it out. This is not a stand alone book. It is entertaining, no doubt, but there is so much left unanswered that, let's just face it, you will be purchasing the rest of this series as it comes out.
This is simply one of those stay up late and read while you're waiting in your car for something type of books. It's not so on the edge of your seat that you can't breathe, but there is plenty of that going on in between some really thoughtful dialogue as well. With the quick, easy (but still mature) pacing and the straightforward length of the book, it creates a nice weekend escape. If you order the kindle version, however, like I did, you may resort to grounding your children from the iPad for crimes they may or may not have committed in order to read Uroboros Series. You will not want to wait for anyone or anything to keep reading. There is some violence and a little bit of shock factor in this series, just enough that I would describe this as a teen/adult read, not preteen and under. Luckily, enough books were out in the series when I started that I got a really great Uroboros Saga fix and now just waiting for Book 5 is something to look forward to, like your birthday, not like, people will be knocked down on my way to my computer when it comes out sort of thing. But, seriously, I'm not saying that no one will be harmed on my way to the computer.