The Backworlds

Rated 4.64/5 based on 11 reviews
After the war with the Foreworlders, Backworlders scatter across the remaining planets. Competition is fierce, and pickings are scant. Scant enough that Craze’s father decides to improve his fortunes by destroying his son. He tells his only boy their moon isn’t big enough for them both and gives Craze a ticket for the next transport leaving the space dock. More
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M. Pax is author of the sci-fi series, The Backworlds, and the new adult science fiction fantasy The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear. A Browncoat and SG fan, she’s also slightly obsessed with Jane Austen. In the summers she docents as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory where the other astronomers now believe she has the most extensive collection of moon photos in existence. No fear, there will be more next summer. She lives in stunning Central Oregon with the Husband Unit and two lovely, spoiled cats.

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Reviews of The Backworlds by M. Pax

Jens Granlund reviewed on Aug. 15, 2020

Good read
(reviewed 44 days after purchase)
Enoch Balthasar reviewed on Jan. 10, 2017

Like a couple of reviewers, I took a little to get into "The Backworlds", and even had to make a second start at it. However, once into it, I was doomed to be hooked. Craze is an instantly likeable dude who got a bum deal from his father (and his father is a serious lowlife by any standards!!). The story itself moves along at a fierce pace, which is a good thing. Much of the frenetic energy leaves the reader with the confusion of a new world, mirroring much of Craze's initial confusion in his own situation.

I had the blessing of obtaining the free issue of this book and I bought the next 3 in the series. Thanks for a chance to read this, M. Pax! People looking for a solid, believable and relatively easy read, "The Backworlds" is a hard one to beat.
(review of free book)
James Jenkins reviewed on Aug. 26, 2016

Not overly good or bad, many of the plot pivot points are very weakly supported by the story. The story moves along well, and the characters have personality. Not feeling an urge to read part 2.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Diane Riggins reviewed on March 12, 2014

Loved it. The setting and the characters are great. I couldn't put it down. Look forward to reading the other ones in the series. I would recommend it to others.
(review of free book)
Ben A. Bell reviewed on Nov. 27, 2013

The first book in M.Pax’s Backworlds series does a great job of introducing the hero, Craze, and setting up his story. At the outset, he’s facing the worst day of his life, and with a family and community like he’s got, who needs enemies? It’s no wonder the young man rockets off to seek his fortune in the dangerous Backworlds. His adventures are exciting and pull the story along at a fast pace.

The part I liked most about this book was its attention to detail and the world-building. Those are the criteria on which every SF story should be judged. Just because a set of characters are placed in “the future” or on “another planet” doesn’t mean they’re really unique or original. But in Pax’s world, the aliens are truly alien, with values unlike humanity’s, and complex social rules and histories that ring true while being completely new and different from anything I’ve read before. While I loved Craze, it was the aliens that really drew me into this book. The descriptions, characterizations, and dialog were amazing, and made me feel I was really at the back end of the galaxy where anything could happen. I’m looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
(review of free book)
Charles Rogers reviewed on June 28, 2013

I read the free book then bought the next two! Love the entire series. Good writing. Interesting story, nice conflict resolution.
(review of free book)
Jennifer Lewis reviewed on Jan. 30, 2013

Loved this book and downloaded the second. A great read. Waiting for more in this series.
(review of free book)
Bish Denham reviewed on Nov. 25, 2012

This is a quick read and an enjoyable romp through outer space. The ending is really just the beginning and left me wanting to know how Craze will do in the future. Fun!
(review of free book)
M V reviewed on Aug. 9, 2012

The Backworlds is a novella-length prequel to "Stopover at the Backworld's Edge". I've read other stuff by M. Pax, including Semper Fidelis, so I had reason to suspect it would be pretty good--and it *was*.

Unlike a lot of the reviewers, I wasn't hooked right away, although I think that had more to do with my frame of mind than the book itself. It took about twenty pages before I was shushing everybody around me so I could read. Very, very quickly, the novella revealed itself for what it was--a dashing tale of mischief and adventure with some loveable characters that have to make some pretty important (and difficult) choices.

One word of warning--don't start reading this if you don't want to go ahead and read the next book. It's impossible; you're going to be hooked. Luckily for me; I have a free review copy waiting.
(review of free book)
Loretta Stephenson reviewed on Aug. 5, 2012

I've read several stories by M Pax, and as usual, I wasn't disappointed with The Backworlds. Wow, what a fun and fascinating read! The characters are so varied and colorful yet believable, the otherworldly settings are described in such a way that you "see" them. Even the foul stench of the ale that Craze, the main character, detests seemed to make my nose twitch! What a vivid imagination... and this author has the skill to make ME see it, too.

But it wasn't only the authors mastery of creating a believable universe that I enjoyed. The Story itself kept me glued to my Reader even when chores were calling my name. Predictable storylines bore me. But M Pax keeps surprising me with twists and turns I didn't see coming. What a fun romp through the backworlds with these feisty bio-engineered beings from a future time. OUR future, creations from the old "fabled Earth". Can't wait for the next in this series, Stopover At The Backworlds' Edge. Ha ha, in fact I just got it. :-)
(review of free book)

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