Published by Phenomenal One Press on 2011-06-01
Genres: fantasy, sci fi
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from the back cover...
From the back cover...Daniel's father has gotten himself killed and left another mess for Daniel to clean up. To save his world from destruction, he must fight off his father's killers while discovering a way to save his world. He wants to go it alone, but his cousin and his best friend's sister, Jade insist on tagging along. Jade is off limits to him, but she insist on changing his mind. He hasn't decided if loving her is worth the beating he'll get from her brother in order to have her. Retrieving the treasure is his only choice. But in order to get it, Daniel must choose to either walk in his father's footsteps or to re-invent himself into the one to save his world.
I am not generally a huge science fiction fan, but Bandits had me thoroughly engrossed from the very beginning. Set mainly on a planet populated by futuristic pirates and killers, it was a unique twist on the traditional high seas pirate tales I have read. The planet Merwin is a planet unlike anything we Earthlings could ever know. There is technology of which we know nothing, creatures unlike anything we could know, and an environment completely unlike our own home planet. Yet the author somehow makes it all completely relatable.
Some of that is probably due to her skill in creating wonderful, full of life characters. With them, the author is able to fully transport you to a world so very different from our own, and change your thinking to accept the things we wouldn’t accept in our own world. For example, on the surface, Daniel is an unlikely hero to fully relate to, with a lifestyle completely at odds with what we know as socially acceptable. He has been trained since a very young age to be a pirate, fully capable of killing to get the coveted treasure. But set in the world that he is, that is a perfectly acceptable way of life. All of the core group of characters (Jade, Faulk, Gabe, Nick, and Daniel) are very unique in their personalities, and together they make for a very rich story.
My main reason for not loving science fiction is that generally, I just can’t vividly picture the unknown worlds in my mind. I most definately didn’t have this problem with this book. Preston’s descriptions were so well done that I had perfect graphic images of the creatures, of the environment, of everything. That brought me into the story in a way that science fiction rarely does for me.
I highly recommend picking this up and giving it a read!