on Nov. 22, 2014 :
If you are looking for a casual read that is over and done with in a day, this is most certainly not the book for you. This book is in every way that matters huge, even speed readers can expect a sizable journey to reach the end. While the length insures you get a good bang for your buck, it can be a source of frustration as it was for this reader. This is because while your mind is filled with an overwhelming number of questions, anything like answers trickle in slowly by dribs and drabs through a means that can be frustrating. Nearly all there is to learn about the characters and the world spun into being inside the pages of this book is transmitted through dialogue as a opposed to narration. That means there is a ALOT of talking, and because of that quantity it can at times feel tedious and frustrating to read so many pages of back and forth exchanges.
That aside J.L. Dobias has created a world which is convoluted, complicated, and filled nearly to overflowing with complexity with adds greatly to the realism, because lets face it life isn't ever simple. Be warned, however, that for all that this book is massive, answers it seem are still some distance away as this book can feel incomplete as it cuts off in essence, mid-story. Beyond that the author does a good job establishing the characters towards some future end and creating a very complex world filled with what from my perspective is unique science. He does a good job of spinning up a tale filled with tension and mystery and leaving a reader near screaming with a growing need for answers.
While ultimately this reader ended up feeling some greater and lesser forms of dissatisfaction and periods of frustration, that should by no means dissuade fans of science fiction from giving this book a good, long walk through the woods of this other world. This is certainly not another of those watered down, casual reads that have no real substance and blank slates in the place of characters. This book is filled with strange characters, secrets, mysteries and a search for answers which carries a reader along with the main character as she herself seeks to understand the world she is awoken too. I for one will be moving on ahead to see what might be discovered as this series is continued.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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.
(review of free book)
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.
(review of free book)