Series: Atlas #1
Author: Isaac Hooke
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
The United States Military is now made up of emigrants. We follow a main character who was planning on being caught as he applies for the hardest, most hardcore of the branches. The first 2/3 of the book is about his training.
The last 1/3 is about a mission to a new galaxy to a planet that has gone silent, completely silent. The threat they find could be the last thing Humanity ever deals with.
Pretty good book for an indie that goes on for 200+ pages about boot camp, even if it is a kick ass boot camp. I enjoyed reading about the breaking down and building back up of the men.
The SFF adventure side of things was pretty cool too. Creatures that can just take out whole armored platoons and ghost’y things that can possess machinery? It was fun!
It should have been shortened though, simply to show that Hooke could tell this story as a master instead of just a competent.
The ATLAS that gives this book and series its name is a mech and sadly, barely gets much face time at all. Maybe in the next book? As for that, while Hooke is now on my radar, I won’t be rushing out and buying ATLAS 2 [or ATLAS 3. Sorry, but some originality for titles would have been appreciated].