Friday, April 13, 2012

"The Worker Prince" by Bryan Thomas Schmidt Book Review

Genre: Christian Science Fiction
Recommendation: Average

Originality – 2/5
Writing Style – 5/5
Plot – 5/5
Characters – 3/5

Aesthetics – 5/5

A really good story…because it’s been told before.

The best way I can describe this book is that it’s Moses meets Star Wars, minus the plagues and the lightsabers.

Prince Davi was born to a slave family, was ordered to be executed, had to be sent away as a baby, and was adopted by the Princess of the Empire, etc. Battle eventually ensues. Now, some people might really get into this idea of a Space-Age Moses. For me, it was too predictable. I like it when an author can keep me guessing, and the themes in The Worker Prince are just too recognizable for that.

I really like the foot-soldier baddie, Bordox, and the political arrogance of the main villain, Xalivar. Unfortunately, we’re not given enough characterization on these two to really understand what their problem is. Why are they being so antagonistic and uncompromising? (Note: There is a short companion story available detailing the history between Bordox and Davi, entitled Rivalry on a Sky Course.)

Perhaps the best part of the book is the relationships that Prince Davi has with his friends and new romantic interest. The dialogue and interplay between these characters displays genuine depth and humor.

Overall, The Worker Prince isn’t a bad read if you don’t mind knowing where you’re going ahead of time, but isn’t quite my can of root beer.

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