Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue by Hugh Howey Review

Author: Hugh Howey
Age: Young Adult
Source: Author
When Molly gets kicked out of the Naval Academy, she loses more than just another home, she loses the only two things that truly matter: flying in space and her training partner, Cole. A dull future seems to await, until a marvelous discovery changes everything.

Her father's old starship, missing for decades, turns up halfway across the galaxy. Its retrieval launches Molly and Cole on the adventure of a lifetime, one that will have lasting consequences for themselves and billions of others.

What starts off as a simple quest to reconnect with her past, ends up forging a new future. And the forgotten family she hoped to uncover becomes one she never foresaw: a band of alien misfits and runaways--the crew of the starship Parsona.
Review: Wow. To be honest, I was hesitant with this one, but decided to give it a shot because the summary made me remember the days I used to re-read Ender's Game over and over...

At first, I was so nervous because the first chapter was filled with technical speak I didn't understand, but it was intriguing and adventurous, so I continued. I shouldn't of worried, because as the novel progressed, I grew to understand everything.

Molly is a very three-dimensional character, and I am still surprised at how well Howey depicts a seventeen-year-old girl. I felt myself connecting with Molly, and I truly loved how amazingly awesome she was. When it comes to female main characters, I really look for how strong and smart they are, and Molly was definitely both.

The adventure in this story will leave you turning the pages, breathless for more and more. I continually found myself surprised with each new chapter, wondering how everything would work out. Molly Fyde's story kept me on my toes, eager for more. Then with the revelation at the end, whoa. I'm going to try keeping plot points out of this review, so all I have to say is that this is a story I can see anyone enjoying.

Highlights: Description in the novel was spectacular. I found myself really seeing everything, clear as day. All of the different planets were amazing, and even all the species Howey introduces us to. This novel really has it all, action, adventure, was truly an amazing story that I want more of.

Lowlights: The first chapter had me panicking, but it was all for nothing because as I stated earlier, the spaceship-talk was easy to follow afterwards.

Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue has definitely landed on my best books of '09 list, and I know I'm anxiously awaiting Molly Fyde and the Land of Light!




  1. I'm glad you enjoyed it! It's a great book and I'm highly anticipating the next installment!

  2. Wow, this one looks SO good. I'm drooling.

  3. How did I not know about this book?! Sci-fi with girl protag, I'm so there.

  4. Hey, thanks for the kind review. It makes me want to don one of those tiaras and dance around my living room. No, really.

    And I love the type reaction you had to this book. It seems to get these a lot: "I went into this skeptical ... and came away impressed." Or: "I always say I don't like science fiction ... but I guess I do now."

    I got one email that started off: "I had a bad feeling this book was gonna suck, but I ended up reading it until four in the morning." This was from a male college student who stayed in on a Friday night to read about a teenage girl's adventures in outer space. Talk about a compliment!

    You know, without a national marketing campaign, it's hard to get readers to initially pick a book up. My hope is that the awesome characters in Molly Fyde will keep on appealing to awesome bloggers, who go on to evangelize to their awesome readers, who spread word-of-mouth to their awesome friends, and then everyone (and their brother) finds out for themselves just how awesome this books is.

    That's be so awesome.

  5. I actually havent heard of this book, it looks really good though, so I'll have to look into it!
    Thanks for the review:)

  6. Great book! Can't wait for book 2!

  7. Hugh, I knew you were a jewell but five . Wow so proud the book was excellent, can't wait for two. Susan in Florida.

  8. I'm a huge sci-fi geek, so I don't know how this one escaped my notice...thanks for the review! I'll have to read it now!

  9. I have never heard of this book before..! your review has made me very inquisitive about this book.Only, I'll have to keep my patience for the first few pages as I am not that big fan of the sci-fi books ! But, I love books filled with adventures and mystery !!
    I'll soon hunt it down in a shop..!