The Book Worm: Review: DreaganStar

Monday, November 7, 2016

Review: DreaganStar

Book Review: DreaganStar, by Nan Klee


Samantha Alexander is the Senior Psychologist of the five Dreagan Corporation lunar colonies. She is given the task of proving Jonathan Dreagan, the founder, the brilliant scientist and Chairman of the Board to be insane. It would be an easy task but for the fact that Dreagan is the originator of all of the technology around her, still a brilliant scientist, and the man she is rapidly falling in love with.

Genre: science fiction romance

Publishing date: August 2016

Mature content: yes

Review: I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Romantic science fiction is one of my favorite genres, so I picked it up immediately and went through it easily during the weekend. 

What I liked:

  • the plot: it is interesting and has several unexpected twists. There’s a healthy dose of suspense and intrigue and a bit of romance too.  
  • the main characters, especially Jonathan. When I started reading the book, I expected him to be a lot older and boring. But he was actually quite charming (when he was not cursing) and for the leader he is supposed to be, he doesn’t shy away from manual work and I liked that about him too
  • the concept of the Star spaceship and its potential. Not to mention that the first flight was actually quite amusing.

What I didn’t like so much:

  • the quick jumps from one scene to another. I confess I was a bit lost at times and I had to go back and re-read the previous paragraphs to check if I had missed any clues
  • the fact that there is too much dialog and too little description of the fictional world the characters live in. You have to deduct how most things work from the dialogs, and in a science fiction book that is not always easy
  • the writing is a bit repetitive at times, with the characters saying the same words over and over, especially in the first chapters.

I was also pinning for a slightly more romantic ending, without Sam having to be almost coaxed to become Jonathan’s life mate.  I wish she could have said “I love you” as easily as Jonathan does, but that’s just my personal opinion and doesn’t affect in any way the quality of the book. 

Overall, the concept of this book is pretty good and the plot has potential, but it can be a bit difficult to read and to get into, so it may not be for everyone. Still, if you’re into romantic science fiction, it may account for a couple of interesting afternoons of reading.

Happy Monday,

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