The Never Paradox are Book A great sequel to the compelling origins story in The Never Hero The debut focussed a lot on character development as Jonathan Tibbs transitioned f
The Never Paradox are Book A great sequel to the compelling origins story in The Never Hero. The debut focussed a lot on character development, as Jonathan Tibbs transitioned from introverted college student into unsung hero against ferocious inter-galactic creatures known as the Ferox. With all that taken care of, The Never Paradox hit the ground running and is much faster paced with a lot more action and plot progression. Halfway through the story, however, the amount of exposition about the Borealis and Ferox felt info-dumpy even though it helped to answer a lot of questions from the first book. As much as a lot of the information is fascinating, the pacing does suffer. Admittedly, some of the explanations around the time paradox are still making my head spin.The story is quite unlike what I usually read. It is set on Earth (mostly), but it's not urban fantasy nor is it cyberpunk science fiction. It is, simply, a compellingly human tale of courage, sacrifice, tenacity and companionship - aliens notwithstanding. All the characters are quite excellent and well-portrayed. The people around Jonathan and their interactions just feel so authentic. Jonathan himself is a truly empathetic character – all his emotions and thoughts are relatable and realistic. If he had to risk his life killing interdimensional trespassers while his friends and family continued to become more alienated by his increasing instability and off-putting behavior, well, at least the job came with free self-repairing gear and no clean up.I loved how Hodges incorporated the most insightful themes and messages from famous movies into the narrative. Two of Jonathan's housemates are huge movie buffs who regularly watch old favourites, as they collaborated on producing a new comic. Although seemingly incongruous with the plotline, the allegories discussed are relevant to the story of our main protagonist. One of my favourites is about the symbolism of rain scenes; two movies specifically mentioned are Shawshank Redemption and The Matrix Revolutions. "You can see water a lot of ways. It can be a cleansing, hence its use in sacraments like baptism. Sometimes, it's indicative of life, as most living things require water to survive. It's also a force, as the flow of water can break through about anything if given enough time. Rain itself is more specific. Some think rain drops are like tears, and they remind us of crying. But, I think it's more basic than any of that. Rain means change. Change just gets associated with sorrow most of the time, because it's not human nature to embrace it."The author's writing style is a natural fit for the story. Not overly elaborate nor too simple – it drives the narrative forward effortlessly, with occasional touches of humour. The action scenes are well-written with a great build-up to the climax. And with such an intense and revelatory ending sequence, I am eagerly looking forward to the next book.This review can also be found at Booknest. If you lost a piece of your memory Would you trust yourself to have made the right choices In the moments you can t remember.The Ferox assault has been escalating, drawing Jonathan into combat and frequently With each passing day, he s grown stronger He can t be certain, but his attackers seem to be getting dangerous and, of course, Heyer is gone, again.If you lost a piece of your memory Would you trust yourself to have made the right choices In the moments you can t remember.The Ferox assault has been escalating, drawing Jonathan into combat and frequently With each passing day, he s grown stronger He can t be certain, but his attackers seem to be getting dangerous and, of course, Heyer is gone, again.Then came the glitch Unexpectedly pulled from battle, Jonathan finds he cannot recall the final moments of his last confrontation Convinced that his memory loss was no accident, he must uncover the truth.His only leads are a less than helpful artificial alien intelligence, and Rylee, a mysterious and possibly crazy woman, who seems to think they share a history he doesn t remember.With no means to contact the only being who can give him answers, and knowing he has gaps in his memory, Jonathan must make every move uncertain of the consequences The blond man better show up soon, because events hidden in Jonathan s lost memories may trigger a war humanity isn t ready to fight.The Never Paradox is book two in The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs, readers who have not yet completed book one, The Never Hero, will have difficulty following.Parental Warning This series attempts to keep swearing to a minimum However, the sequel has one unavoidable usage of the F word This is due to its presence in a direct quote taken from another piece of fiction.. Good Ebook The Never Paradox It's almost been 3 years... you gunna write the book or not?