So, I’ve been tentatively accepted to the Blogger Reviewer Rewards Program on Online Book Club and was told that there was a new Book of the Day that was out and decided to pick it up and try it! The book’s name?
First Contact: Strings Attached.
So, before I even begin, I should mention that the cover is what sold me. I’ve been into ships, travel, and old-timey novels that take place anywhere between 1650 and 1890. While First Contact: Strings Attached doesn’t technically take place between those time periods, it’s close enough, and that sold me!
First of all, a little overview.
First Contact: Strings Attached is mainly the story of Zalk, a professor on another world, this one called Zeon. Zalk has been endowed with some pretty cool abilities that make him the laughing stock of half of the scientific community, and the envy of the rest. What is Zalk’s power? Well, he claims he is a “Sensitive,” someone who is more aware of the other planets, including one very close planet called Arken. Zalk claims he has the ability to communicate somewhat telepathically with its inhabitants. Pretty much. And right now on Zeon, the most technologically-advanced mechanism is the steam engine (see? It’s old timey <3) so telepathy isn’t exactly something the citizens are ready and willing to hear about.
The rub comes right in the beginning when a strong-willed woman nicknamed GG (or as she becomes, G3) decides that Zalk’s story is one for the papers.
First Contact: Strings Attached is a brilliantly written book with a mix of poetic and academic wording, however, there were elements that severely damaged its rating in my mind.
Okay, so there you have it. Your summary. Now on to the actual review.
I’ve read other reviews of First Contact: Strings Attached just so that I could get to know what other readers thought about it, and it seems I’m in sync with several of them. This novel is not for fans of Young Adult and new science fiction. It will bore you to tears. If you happen to like academic novels and old-school science fiction, then First Contact: Strings Attached is the book for you.
Something I really liked about First Contact: Strings Attached was the amount of thought Mr. Nelson put into every line. It isn’t like he just threw a sentence together and went, “Yeah, that looks about right.” No. Everything is poetic and paints a beautiful picture in your mind. The words he uses invoke vivid images that pull the story together.
I love the setting. I love the idea that another planet could be out there that is pretty much set in the 1800s where steam engines and telescopes are the newest rage. I thought Mr. Nelson did a splendid job using his words and the characters to really make you feel like you were back in the 1800s―but on an entirely different planet. That couldn’t have been easy to write, but Mr. Nelson did it beautifully.
Bear with me.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t get into the story. It bored me. There was no real danger, no suspense, nothing that made me think, Is Zalk going to live through this?
The lack of quotations also bothered me. If you are a frequent visitor of my blog, you know that I’ve read the occasional book that goes something like this:
Kate was surprised that Tommy had stopped by for a visit, but Tommy informed her that his mother had fallen and been injured. Kate was immediately stricken with shame for being wary of Tommy’s intentions, and did proceed to tell him so, but Tommy assured her that due to his past affiliations, caution was something she was permitted to have.
Okay, that was pretty boring, right? That’s how First Contact was written. Yes, occasionally we saw quotations, but a lot of the novel was passed by. This is certainly a different way of writing, it just isn’t the style I personally enjoy reading.
Then there are the names and nicknames, which really bothered me. GG? Standing for Gorgeous Gorja? She is literally referred to as GG for the first several pages, then further referred to as G3 (WHAT?) which stands for Gorgeous Gorja with guile.
Whoa. I’m sorry. I just couldn’t get into that.
And I normally love when authors use invented words to give their book a unique science fiction feel―heaven knows I’ve done it before―but I couldn’t get into Mr. Nelson’s employment of new words. He used words like “segments” for hours, and “orbs” for planets. Some of them I understood, but since there was an entire GLOSSARY in the beginning of the book, you can understand how I constantly had to flip back to see what that particular word meant. It wasn’t a one-and-done deal, I had to repeatedly wonder what that word meant, because they were so similar! Segments and parts are different things.
All in all, I give First Contact: Strings Attached a
It honestly just didn’t interest me. BUT that doesn’t mean it won’t interest you.
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Who knows? Maybe you’ll love it. If you do, shoot me an email and tell me why! I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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