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The Beam: Episode 1 by Sean Platt
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The Beam: Episode 1

by Sean Platt

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Felt like I was on vacation for three weeks when I read this book! In the future you have a choice: either you're "Enterprise" where you either succeed or fail and there's no government intervention - you can starve, but you chose, so... or you can choose "Directorate" and you are fed, sheltered and entertained by the government, every need provided for, and every man another cog in society's machine.
Every six years you can choose during "the shift". Plenty of action and interaction, gets to points that I had to skim over with the Orion - won't spoil it, you'll know when you reach that part. Characters are well written and the story is well paced. Holding off on the second set for the summer so I can extend my vacation again! ( )
  aperkins01096 | May 18, 2014 |
Be aware: episodes NOT self-contained; must buy more to get story. Frankly, I prefer a complete story when I get a book. The best series keep you in the same universe and often have at least some repeating characters, but at least give you a satisfying ending, even if it leaves you wanting more. Breaking a story up just to make readers buy the continuation is shoddy. At the very least, the reader should be warned before purchasing (or reading if it's offered for nothing).

There's some very good writing here, with a minimum of copy editing errors. The premise is also wonderful (and real enough to be scary). This combination is enough that I was tempted to give another star, but there's a serious flaw: it's hard to care much about the characters, in part because we're whipped back and forth between too many of them, even while being given too little to help us really sympathize.

So will I continue with later installments? Gladly, if I can borrow them. Will I buy them? No. ( )
  Carrie.Kilgore | Nov 29, 2013 |
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