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on July 04, 2013 :
"Pioneers" is an amazing book. It focuses on Raife and Nancy on Zeta Nine. It feels like a true continuation from book 2 "Passengers to Zeta Nine" where it's back to back adventure and discovery. We learn so much about the Zetan Technology that we feel that we, as the reader, could use the artifacts ourselves. There is no real diversion from their storyline and the book is absolutely brilliant!
That's because the author did something very smart with the TOC. He separated by either a Z9 (Zeta Nine) or Z2 (Zexx 2) designation in the chapter title. It's almost as if the Author knew that people were split on storylines. Some people craved the Zeta Nine story with the rebuilding of a colony long forgotten and wondering if we'll ever find out what these Zetans were really like. The other side of the coin are the people who enjoy the Vill/Sentience story with it's crime-drama feel. So essentially it's two books and you can choose to read one at a time by skipping one storyline or the other or you can read it in its entirety getting both storylines at the same time. Absolutely cool!
This made for an interesting way to read this book. I could skip chapters that were marked "Z2" in the chapter name because I wasn't at all interested in that storyline. It was much appreciated because I found myself skimming over those character's chapters in the 3rd book.
The Nancy and Raife parts of the book are again, really well written. There's a sense that they are changing from explorers and scientists more to leaders in the community. One of the 2 (I don't want to say for spoiler purposes which character it is) even shows signs that they are getting a bit too big for their britches. There are a few times where I can't believe the character has acted with such an air of superiority and privilege. It doesn't at all seem like the same person who took the lander from Explorer to the surface full of wonderment and a scientific mindset. It shows a character development that I didn't really notice with the other characters in the series. I hope in book 5, that continues as I can see that being a very interesting development on Zeta Nine.
Another great book from Peter Salisbury. I look forward to the 5th book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)