Monday, May 21, 2012

Book Review: CASSASTAR by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Title: CassaStar
Series: Cassa Series
Author: Alex J. Cavanaugh
Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press (October 19, 2010)
Format: Kindle eBook
Source: Purchased from Amazon
Genre: Science Fiction

Description: Slated to train as a Cosbolt fighter pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new life as he sets off for the Moon base of Guaard. Haunted by a past tragedy, Bassa eventually sees through Byron's tough exterior and insolence. When a secret talent is revealed during training, Bassa feels compelled to help Byron achieve his full potential.

Review: Alex J. Cavanaugh’s CassaStar is a moving portrayal of sacrifice and friendship set in outer space.

Bassa, a senior officer on Guaard, waited for a chance to train a pilot like Byron, an arrogant but highly skilled pilot from the planet Cassa. While Bassa keeps an eye on Byron’s safety, Byron does everything he can to prove he’s the best damn pilot in the fleet. With war on the horizon, both men know they have to do their best. But when Byron’s secret leads Bassa and him to a new ship, they must find a way to work together before all of Cassa falls to the enemy.

CassaStar starts with a surprising prologue that drew me in. Bassa and Byron’s characters hooked me. The struggles within their quest for friendship were touching. This novel isn’t all about spaceships and fighting, but the relationships around us from colleagues to enemies to friends. The glimpses of the world building kept up the fast-paced read without bogging the reader down with too much description. The writing style isn’t perfect and uses too much repetition, but the story won me over. I often forgot I was reading as I was flipping through the pages to see what happened next. Cavanaugh truly excelled in creating an intense and well-paced novel.

CassStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh engaged me as a reader with a spectacular storyline featuring friendship at its core. I look forward to reading the next in the series: CassaFire.

Five Bookworms = I loved it!