Book Review: Their Solitary Way by J.N. Chaney

Posted August 24, 2016 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Review, Science-Fiction / 0 Comments

Overal Rating: five-stars

My original Their Solitary Way audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

The last survivors of humanity travel aboard the Eden looking for a new world where they can settle and thrive. They have been traveling for some years, discarding worlds that were not good enough for various reasons, but they are approaching another planet,and this seems to be the one. A series of incidents on the ship make the crew think that somebody is trying to sabotage the trip, but why? Based on the biblical story of Adam and Cain with a sci-fi twist, this story is greatly enjoyable.

If you are not into biblical stuff (I am not), do not let the names of the characters make you avoid this book. The only drawback is that you will know how some of the characters will end up, but the story is beautifully written, and the characters, as usually with Chaney, are solidly built. There are quite some characters in the story, but they are alive and their dialogs feel natural and fluid, so we get them to know them all well and recognize their different voices. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Cain, and I found Abel extremely annoying, one of those people who need to complain and argue without listening to the other’s reasons. Chaney is especially good at picturing characters and he went beyond the biblical characters here to create a totally believable story.

Steve Barnes did a wonderful job here. I have already had the pleasure of listening to him in Transient Echoes, but I think he even did better with Their Solitary Way. The narration was very good and the voices were varied.

I have made a promise to myself, and that is that I will read anything that I can grab from J.N. Chaney. I would recommend any of his books to anyone who would enjoy science-fiction with solid characters and an interesting and well told story.