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Review | First Family | Patrick Tilley

Genre: sci-fi

First Family, the second book in the cult classic sci-fi series The Amtrak Wars by Patrick Tilley, is set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic Earth.

What I like ✅ intense, thorough world-building using elements of Native American culture and Japanese Samurai culture ✅ on a micro level, it is VERY well-written ✅ action scenes have the reader glued to the book ✅ the characters: Mr Snow is amazing and Steve is a male sci-fi protagonist with real flaws ✅ the political intrigue, manipulation and two-faced games keep the reader guessing at character's motivations

What I didn't like ✖ the first half of the book drags out ✖ an interesting plot is pushed aside to make room for endless explanations ✖ an uncomfortable-to-read twin sibling incest scene ✖ we hardly see or hear of anything about two of the main characters, Clearwater and Cadillac; all focus is on Steve ✖ unnecessary POVs added Rating 3/5🌟 Verdict

Recommended for die-hard fans of sci-fi classics


Which do you prefer: dystopian fiction or sci-fi?

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