Master Defiance

Master Defiance by [Blair Wylie]

The premise of Master Defiance is what gripped me from the start: the striking dystopian idea of humanity that has regressed back to the way it was before technology, and are now called hominids. It starts with an alien species attempting to invade this post-apocalyptic Earth in order to set up a colony. The lives of Earth inhabitants are also threaded together with the impending attack. An inevitable but thrilling fight follows between the two species as they battle it out, with the hominids depending heavily on their wits and the limited resources of their environment.

The details of the spaceship Commander and its inhabitants (known as Masters) were extremely intriguing. It was also disarming and fun to hear Earth described from the perspective from an alien species. Even though I may be aware of the general science facts about it, it’s still a little jarring to think about how an alien species may choose their attack based on the region of maximum density of vegetation because it implies most human density.

The activities of these hominids are shown: from hunting and gathering, to bartering and creating shelters. It was a great idea to contrast traditionally sci-fi elements with historical and more adventurous ones.  The contrast between the sci-fi nature of the aliens and the regressed state of humanity was refreshing and made me think about how humanity would defend itself, were it not equipped with the tools and technology that we have today. Not only from aliens, but also pandemics, pests, famines, and other dangers. Although it was fascinating to read about these hominids, I felt like the book could make do with less talk about the various characters; I felt like I didn’t really care for Bill and Ned as the author might have wanted me to.

I thought the ending was immensely satisfying, if a bit didactic. It’s perfect as a slow-burner, as I could feel myself getting increasingly invested in the lives of these characters and thinking about the plot itself. It’s a deeply entertaining read and I would recommend it to any fans of dystopian science fiction.

Pages: 322 | ASIN: B07BG9PXGX

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