Length: 486 Pages
As a fan of sci-fi from the days of Battlestar Galactica, the original not the remake, to some of the later versions if Star Trek and of course Star wars again the old ones, I knew I would love this book. I am a long time fan of Colin F Barnes and now his co-author T.F. Grant. From past experiences reading Colin F Barnes I usually know what to expect, but this new world of Xantoverse is far more fantastic than I imagined.
This new world has many races including human, all with a great well-developed history and culture. I would say for those who are watching the current show Defiance this will give you a very good idea of the array of races and cultures. There are a multitude of characters with rich back stories and history’s that are artfully weaved into the story.
This is the first book in an epic space series Hollow Space: Venture. The story grabs you right away with fast paced scenes of the crew of the Venture. Their ship the Venture is the last colony ship of the Human race and they are in a battle and on the run from a ruthless enemy. Just as things look like the may turn out they find out space has a way of pulling the rug from under them. The crew of the Venture ends up in an uncharted part of space known as Hollow Space, a part of space that shouldn’t exist. They make their new home on the space station Haven, this a fantastic beginning to a multi-part space adventure.
I found the main characters Sara, Kina, Ti and Dylan fascinating in their development and personal journeys. The story grabs you and doesn’t let go, the action and tension are gripping. The action and life on Haven is complex with the many races living and existing together. The rules are fast and loose and the people they can trust are hard to find. The descriptions and use of technology are excellent. Interactions between the races are constantly shifting and intriguing. In summary this is another fantastic world created by Colin F Barnes and T.F. Grant. I can’t wait to continue the adventure in the next book. The ending has a great cliff hanger and leaves you waiting more.