Review and #Giveaway: Song and Signal by M.E. Patterson
Welcome to Mother/Gamer/Writer for the Song and Signal Blog Tour. For today’s tour stop, please enjoy my review of this fast paced outer space mystery adventure, and enter for your chance to win a $30 Gift Card plus a copies of all 3 M.E. Patterson novels!
I received this book for free from the mentioned source in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.
Song and Signal by M. E. Patterson
Published by: Digimonkey Studios on 10/13/2013
Genres: Science Fiction, YA, Young Adult
Source: Blog Tour
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About the Book:
* From the award-winning, bestselling author of Devil's Hand and Burning Cards comes a universe-spanning science fiction adventure. *
Seventeen year-old genius Zakari Sharp has never stood on the surface of a planet, never seen a sun-streaked sky. He lives on a corporate-owned mining facility at the edge of the solar system, with a mute alien for a guardian and brainwashed, muscle-bound ex-convicts for company. The day his father vanished was so long ago that Zak thought he would never hear from him again.
Zak was wrong.
Now, chased off-station by a cabal of mythical assassins, Zak and his best friend Liz embark on a harrowing journey across the galaxy, to find his father's hiding place and learn the universe-shaking discovery that hides with him. But their enemies will stop at nothing to steal the secret themselves.
Can a teenage boy change the fate of the universe? Or will a nanotech-wielding killer reach him first?
Song and Signal threw me for an EPIC loop. From the moment I read the blurb until the very last page, Patterson’s out-of-this-world world building led me on a grandiose adventure deep into the realms of outer space and far beyond my imagination. Even from the beginning when we are introduced to our main character, Zak, readers are immediately thrust into science fiction heaven. Song and Signal is larger-than-life, slightly over-the-top, but remains one heck of a good time.
Zak is a young boy who’s poor, being raised by an alien, great at hacking, and is always in search of a big larger-than-life adventure. Most of his audacious behavior stems from the fact that his father is notorious across space for stealing a ship and never returning. A feat Zak has to live in the shadows of every single day. Yes, he’s rough around the edges but our young hero does whatever he must to survive. In order to maintain their tiny apartment and keep up the household, Zak feels as though he’s forced to steal and do a bunch of illegal activities that always seem to get him into trouble. He may not be book smart but he is tech smart, a nerdy gift he uses to his advantage. On his last mission to earn cred Zak gets into trouble so deep he nearly severs his friendship with Liz, his only friend, and the girl he’s been in love with for years. However, little does he know that trouble with Liz is the least of his worries and his BIG adventure might be closer than he thinks and on its way to find him.
Song and Signal is a true science fiction gem. I didn’t expect to fall in love with these characters, enjoy the vast alien races, or be singing the praises of an author I’ve never heard of. But I did, and I am…loudly. What I enjoyed most about this insane novel is the world. For hardcore sci-fi fans, there is so much to explore and love. Each race of alien, space station, ship, and asteroid was crafted with so much care you can visualize yourself right beside Zak. The attention to detail is outstanding and something I truly didn’t anticipate. Every few pages I found myself mumbling, “Hum that’s awesome”. This is definitely a compliment to Patterson’s ability to lure me into his head and keep my inner geek thoroughly satisfied. And as the mystery of it all begins to unravel, you have to wonder does Zak save the day, get the girl and finally have the adventure of a lifetime?
Overall, if you are looking for a beautifully written sci-fi mystery adventure with in-your-face characters and a world that will blow you away, then I highly recommend Song and Signal. Everything in the story happens for a reason and if you look closely enough, you will be amazed by the puzzle pieces Patterson scattered throughout the novel. Or, if you’re just looking to hop the next vessel into space and explore the universe to see what mysteries lie inside the galaxy then this is the novel for you. Either way, I implore you to try Song and Signal for your next science fiction fix.