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on May 30, 2013 :
Cripple Mode: Hot Electric is a great first novel. The story is compelling, kept me up late. Good character developement. Plot ccomplexity is very good without being overwhelming. The futuristic space travel and clones is necessary to the story but does not dominate. The science is inexplicable anyway. I look forward to reading more from J.L. Dobias.
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on Feb. 19, 2013 :
Cripple Mode: Hot Electric is a sci-fi novel that brings in elements of action, thriller, the occult, astrology, religion, politics and cloning all in one neat, package. This account is well written and easy to follow despite the technical explanation of space travel and station life in the universe of Cripple Mode.
J.L. Dobias has a great start at a first novel.
The main character, Travis, is a twenty-three year old male, suddenly finding himself in the body of an sixteen-year old girl. Being in the wrong body is the least of her problems as she fights for her life against evil. Her situation seems bleak as the story unfolds. She's a clone and is the granddaughter of an accused mass murderer.
It's difficult enough to get used to her gender swap without having to prove her worth. Through the knowledge she has from her former self she eventually earns her place on the space station.
A large portion of the book involves some world building, because this is the first of a trilogy. So, with the mechanics and rules behind JumpSpace technology there's a bit of ground to cover. This is tied neatly with the reasons for Travis's apparent transformation.
The book is an epic length. Filled with some interesting female characters. The world building reminds me a bit of Dune. It's all gathered in a well-written easy to read if somewhat long package that leaves you wanting to know what will happen in the next book.
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