Sunday, July 26, 2015

*Review* Made in the Stars by Jim Proctor

Genre: Science Fiction/Romance
Published: February 12, 2014
Pages: 21
Ages: 14+


Mankind has spread to dozens of worlds throughout the universe, and traveling to another world is as simple as stepping through a wormhole or walking onto a Starliner to travel through hyperspace. Finding true love across the vastness of space has been relegated to mathematical algorithms and supercomputers. 

Keylann Ascentia is looking for love. With the aid of her Mate Technician, Torina Gates, her search takes her to new worlds. As much as some things change, others remain the same. Sometimes, when you least expect it, love finds you.


I believe this book is perms-free, at least on Amazon. It was free when I one-clicked it, and it is still free at the time of this writing.

This is a short story, and that is one of my complaints about it. It whetted my appetite for the worlds portrayed, but it didn't satisfy the hunger it created. I would have absolutely loved it if it were developed into a full length book (I think), showing me more details of the worlds, daily life, and the dates. I can't hold it's brevity against it for my rating though, so I won't, but I really would love to read a longer version of the story.

In spite of it's brevity, I felt like this story did a great job of showing us the advanced technology of this future civilization, at least the technology that was pertinent to the story. Even though I didn't get a very good sense of what the worlds looked like, the tech was pretty solid in my mind. 

My other complaint is tied in heavily to the brevity of the story. For me it had a feeling of instal-love to it because everything happened quickly in the story. While I can actually accept that this society propagates itself via instal-love and Mate Techs, it didn't feel right for the main characters story line, and it didn't sit well with me. If the story were longer, I don't think it would have felt quite so rushed. 

Overall I give this story 4 out of 5 stars because it kept me engaged and I could visualize the tech, but the world building could have been better. This would make a nice short read for your lunch break though. - Katie 

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About the Author

Jim Proctor has worked as a research engineer and scientist for more than 34 years. An avid reader of science-fiction and fantasy since high school, he began writing his first novel around 2009. He also enjoys writing short stories, and loves a good plot twist.

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