Ship's Boy

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
First in a series of space opera books following the adventures of David Birkenhead, a genetically engineered slavebunny who gradually rises to become a galactic hero. A short novel of just over 100 pages, this first volume is distributed free to excite interest in the series as a whole. More
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Reviews of Ship's Boy by Phil Geusz

Felix Pleșoianu reviewed on Nov. 29, 2013

Are you a fan of classic space opera? Do the words Vorkosigan Saga tell anything to you? Then you're going to love Ship's Boy. Be warned though that it's not a stand-alone novella, but rather the first episode in a series; you'll have to read more of them to get any kind of closure. But if you like this one, you'll probably want to anyway, so.
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Chaos B. reviewed on March 19, 2013

As mentioned, the ending is a very abrupt cliffhanger, more suited for the end of a chapter than a book, which is more than a little jarring.

Now that said, as a book to get people into the series, it works great, presenting an interesting universe and characters, and enough going on to keep you interested, without dumping too much information on the reader at once.
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Paraplegic Racehorse reviewed on Oct. 18, 2012

This would be five-star except for the very abrupt ending. Cliffhangers are great but this is a bit much. An epilogue or chapter from the next book in the end-matter would help. If I did not already know this was the first of a series, the ending would have completely turned me off.

That said, I very much enjoyed this little story. The main character is remarkable and the story flows well, scene to scene. Descriptions of the effects of assorted events were very believable to a hard science person and lend some credence to the fantastical elements, preserving suspension of disbelief.
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