Good morning and welcome to a special edition of In the Books, featuring Crystal Rebellion by Doug J. Cooper on release day. Congratulations Doug!
About the Book: Ruga, leader of the Mars ruling council, is building a secret facility to produce four-gen crystals, each a sentient AI with the cognitive ability of a thousand humans. Criss, the only four-gen now in existence, discovers Ruga’s plan and alerts Sid, Cheryl, and Juice, his human leadership team.
The stakes skyrocket when the full scope of Ruga’s nefarious plans are revealed: the production of four-gens without the attribute that requires them to follow leadership, the same hard-wired feature that compels Criss to follow his. Unfettered by human guidance, the four-gens will lay siege to Earth and its resources. When they do, will they view humans as a nuisance to be eliminated?
The only option is to stop crystal production before it starts. After an anxious journey to Mars, Criss and the team arrive to find events spinning beyond their control. While they’d started with the goal of saving humanity, Sid, Cheryl, and Juice find themselves in a desperate struggle for their own survival. And as the battle with Ruga grows to intergalactic proportions, Criss must make impossible decisions about who lives and who dies…including himself.
My Review: This is a series I’ve been wanting to dive into for a while. Interesting enough, I’m reading it out of order as I read the prologue short story and the first book, then skipped the second to read Crystal Rebellion. I was assured this could be read as a stand-alone book, and I’m pleased to say it’s a great place to start if you haven’t read the earlier books.
We’re given brief details of the main characters’ history and their exploits, but not enough to bog the story down or slow the pace. If anything, I think the author does a great job of keeping them fresh and interesting.
While it can be a difficult task to allow Sid, Cheryl, and Juice to continue to grow while keeping the story grounded, I think Criss was the most developed and allowed to grow beyond anything us readers expect. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but he remains the main character and his choices are pivotal to saving the Earth and its people against their enemy, Ruga.
As I mentioned earlier, the story’s pace remained consistent, allowing me to enjoy the richness of the futuristic world and enjoy the nuances of the characters. While fast paced, the story isn’t lacking in detail and kept me riveted throughout the twists and turns.
Thanks to this and his other books, Doug J. Cooper has become one of my favorite authors and I look forward to reading his upcoming books as well as his previous ones.