Kaon Rising (Star Traveler #1) by Jonathan J Snyder review

Hi everyone! Today I will be writing about Jonathan J Snyder’s Kaon Rising, which was kindly sent to me for review via Booktasters. Humans have now colonised a lot of space, much to the chagrin of other species. Captain Sinclair Barrett assembles a team for a special mission. Aboard the ship Icarus he reveals his intentions: to track down the mysterious Kaon, a species long thought to have been extinct. This mission takes them further than humans have ever gone before, with unknown dangers lurking.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast-paced story, so it became compulsively readable. You wanted to find out more. Snyder also cleverly weaves into the plot the science and history behind this world. There weren’t any massive information dumps that slowed the plot down, yet you were given enough explanation to understand these characters and the universe they inhabit.

The characters as well had very distinct personalities and voices. With quite a large cast it would have been easy for them to blend in and become indistinguishable, but Snyder sidesteps this. Also, Sinclair Barrett is such an interesting person to base the plot around. He appears very straight-laced, yet I suspect his character develops in later books. Here he is very much the straight man, who other, more eccentric characters bounce off of. This worked very well as for readers, Barrett is a kind of window into this world. You can relate to him on some level so you want to follow his journey, plus he lets the readers glimpse the different species and technologies without it being confusing. A more eccentric character would have been less sympathetic and therefore the story wouldn’t have been so readable.

Kaon Rising is a short novel (I read it in a day) but it certainly packs a punch. From the word go you are sucked into this other universe. There were a few spelling mistakes throughout but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the plot. The world and its inhabitants were so well-written and clearly defined, the book was really interesting and had me hooked. If you are into sci-fi I would check out Kaon Rising. I can’t wait to see where the story goes next.

Kaon Rising was published independently and you can find more information here.


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