Fractured by Lambert Nagle is a short story prequel to Revolution Earth. As such, I imagine it adds value and insight to folks who are already fans of Revolution Earth. Unfortunately, I’d never heard of the book until I received this short story for review.
As an introduction to Revolution Earth, Fractured has both strengths and weaknesses. In the category of strengths, the characters are well-written [with the exception I shall note in a moment], the descriptions are detailed enough to help you immerse yourself in the locales and the dialogue is interesting and a has a natural flow to it. Or so I imagine, as I’m a USAmerican and some of the terms were a bit foreign to me. In the category of weaknesses, two stand out.  The flow of the plot jumps around a bit, causing me a bit of trouble as to who I was following in any particular scene. I had to read it twice to be sure I actually knew what was going on.  The motives of the characters revolve around their objection to the practice of fracking [an unfortunate term if you’re at all a Battlestar Galactica fan]. As an Apppalachian American, I have a passing knowledge of the dangers and benefits of fracking; my personal knowledge notwithstanding, the authors did not provide me with a good reason for the characters’ actions. It’s not enough to say they think fracking is bad; you have to tell the reader WHY the character thinks it’s bad. Without these motivations being made clear, I have a hard time deciding whether the characters’ actions should be considered heroic or criminal.
So as an introduction to the Revolution Earth, Fractured didn’t exactly leave me wanting more. I hope the authors update this short story to make it what it could be: a strong hook to buy the book it precedes.
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