Our Book Review of “Wreck of the Nebula Dream” by Veronica Scott
Titanic in Space meets The Fifth Element
This is a science fiction book and normally I don’t like science fiction books, but the author asked me to review this book, and so I went ahead and read it.
As the book started, it reminded me of the Fifth Element. You have a military hero named Nick Jameson who is Traveling on a shuttle to a cruise ship. The ship is called the Nebula Dream, thus the title “Wreck of the Nebula Dream.” The first nineteen percent of the book, the author doesn’t really tell you what the Plot is. She doesn’t ever come out with it. So you’re kind of going through it thinking, “What is going on? He’s walking around this cruise ship. He’s seeing people. He’s observing, but he’s not really talking or interacting with people.” So you kind of think, “I don’t know if I like this.”
Then at the twenty percent mark – according to my Kindle – this Nebula Dream, which is on its maiden voyage trying to get to a destination faster than any ship has ever gone before, runs into a meteor shower. Then, you’ve got a shift that is breaking apart. You’ve got passengers fleeing in the lifeboats and you’ve got Nick Jameson trying to help people get off the ship. He’s the only one that’s realizing that the ship is in serious trouble because the Captain has basically left them all for dead so he can save face with the company. When the hero realizes this, he knows he needs to do something to get somebody to come rescue these people because the captain had a problem with the engine. When he had a problem with the engine, in order to still make his destination on time, he took a shortcut through enemy territory.
So we’ve gone from “The Fifth Element” to “Titanic” to enemy territory, and the enemies that I imagine or something like the Reavers from “Firefly” or “Serenity.” They’re very violent. They like to eat and torture people.
As the book goes on, the hero picks up a very strange group of people that are wandering around trying to save people.
All in all, I really liked the book. I really did. I gave it five stars because I’d read it again. Once you get past that twenty percent mark, it’s an adrenaline rush ride all the way to the end. It’s action. It’s adventure. It’s tension. It’s just a little bit of romance – not a whole lot – and it’s a satisfying ending. The writing is excellent and it’s easy to read. If you can just get past the first twenty percent, you’ll enjoy it a whole lot.
So definite read. Five stars all the way.
Book Description from Amazon
A reimagining of the Titanic disaster set in the far future among the stars… Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets. All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction. But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?
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