E Books Caretaker All in all because it could ve been great but wasn t because there was a character named Lasanya and goddamn you re dumb if you don t want interstellar pasta beings helping
E-Books Caretaker All in all, 3/5 because it could've been great, but wasn't.5/5 because there was a character named Lasanya and goddamn you're dumb if you don't want interstellar pasta-beings helping the protagonist succeed.Okay, seriously. I got this book for free by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review, which is exactly what this is.The accurate word to describe this is "Okay". The romantic tension between Kaia and Ethan was pretty boring, and the first 40% of the book, approximately, is nothing but highschool love drama in space, which blows. It was a dredge to pull through, and the only reason I did was because the Sci-Fi aspect was promising.The premise is great. The setting is really nice. I think what really killed it for me is that the book tried to be Dead Space and The Notebook at the same time, and ended up doing both really poorly (love will conquer the day! and aliens, too). If the author decides to focus on Sci-Fi, and keeps writing and practicing, I honestly think she'd be able to write some really cool books. For her first book, it's a good start!. Caretaker is a Books Fifty years in space alone.Ethan Bryant was supposed to fall asleep on a ship leaving Earth and wake up fifty years later with his family on the planet Minea Instead, after the ship s caretaker the lone human in charge of monitoring the ship s vital systems suddenly died, the ship s computer locked Ethan out of his stasis chamber and gave him the job That was five yearsFifty years in space alone.Ethan Bryant was supposed to fall asleep on a ship leaving Earth and wake up fifty years later with his family on the planet Minea Instead, after the ship s caretaker the lone human in charge of monitoring the ship s vital systems suddenly died, the ship s computer locked Ethan out of his stasis chamber and gave him the job That was five years ago Five years of checking to make sure everything runs smoothly on a ship Ethan knows almost nothing about.Who wouldn t dread the years ahead Who wouldn t long for their once bright future now stolen away Ethan is resigned to his fate, until the ship suddenly wakes up another passenger a beautiful engineer who, along with Ethan, soon discovers a horrible secret a navigation room hidden from even the ship s computer The ship is not bound for Minea but to somewhere far dangerous With the ship nearing its sinister destination, Ethan soon learns he is the only one who holds the key to saving all 4,000 passengers from a highly advanced, hostile alien race.. Josi Russell s science fiction novels explore familiar human relationships in unfamiliar contexts She currently teaches creative writing and fiction courses as an Associate Professor of English for Utah State University Eastern She lives in the alien landscape of the high desert American Southwest with her family and a giant tortoise named Caesar Josi is captivated by the fields of linguistics, mathematics, and medicine, by the vast unknown beyond our atmosphere, and by the whole adventure of being human.. Popular Books Caretaker Note to author: Please don't write any more "space" or science fiction books without extensive research or further education (past primary/high school level). Stick to romance novels or try your hand at chick lit. This is what this book basically was.I read a lot of sci-fi and have read basically everything that came out after Lensman. Read a lot of "light" military sci-fi as well as epic tomes of hard sci-fi, so I don't mind any sub-genre and will review each book based on its own merits.I came close to finishing the book. Maybe because I'm an engineer... but just I couldn't get past really bad (wrong) science in general, engineering, astronomy, biology (genetics),... Or authors ideas about these sciences. Not sure about the intended audience but I don't believe this should be read by anyone. It's ridiculous that the author writes about topics that she knows very little about and tries to sound "sciency" but comes out silly and wrong.The writing isn't bad per se but, again, I had problems with: no (or poor) characterization, unbelievable dialogue, (unlikely) behavior, no (or shallow) world-building, etc. SPOILERS:-Advanced starship was "lost" due to one wire being loose on a fan and had no one onboard to repair it. Seriously? There's so many things wrong with this that I will not even start. Author probably hangs out with students of literature and never had a conversation with an engineer or read a wikipedia article about spacecraft (or even marine) engineering.Author states on her website that she has an interest in linguistics, mathematics (parabolic curves) and medicine. Not sure how far that interest in linguistics really goes (not very) but the way that the "expert in linguistics" in the book describes the alien language and writing makes him sound like someone who read one article about linguistics on wikipedia and is claiming to be an expert. As for the author's supposed interest in medicine... It's probably on the level of bandages and their use because the way evolution, genetics and biology are described in the book as being understood by highly advanced civilizations is on the level of someone who barely finished high-school. So... mostly wrong and with a shallow understanding. Basically, it's mysterious and magical. I also don't believe that the author has a basic grasp of astronomy, physics, astrophysics, planetary science and astrobiology or had done a minimum of research on any of these topics. This is based on the fact that the distances traveled, navigation, maneuvering, landing, etc. as discussed in the book make me think that the author does not really know the way spaceships could or should maneuver and also the difference between a galaxy and a star system. Probably didn't even read that many sci-fi books as well.At one point, a super advanced (Class 15 in the book; not sure if author heard or read about the Kardashev scale - probably not) alien is standing in a meadow and (what author tries to make you believe) is having some super intelligent sciency conversation and then says something like: "Well, of course the planet's rotation is affected by gravity." Had to bang my head against the wall.So... Avoid. Poor attempt at trying to write a sci-fi book just to get to say: "Hi, I'm a sci-fi author." at parties.