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Book Review - In the Orbit of Sirens


This book is a Finalist in the 2021 Self-Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC), and I read this as a judge.


In the Orbit of Sirens is a winding story about evolution, gods, survival, and betrayal – and that’s just the main antagonist. The protagonists follow a similar storyline, albeit with a dose of romance, though the number of characters, omniscient POV, and disappearance of the main character for most of the last third of the book, makes it difficult to connect to their story. There’s no real character journey from beginning to end as the omniscient head-hopping approach focuses more on action than character development.


Told in two timelines that don’t merge until the climax, there are some exceptionally creative scenes, action sequences, and supporting characters - most of which are unique with distinct voices. Bruno does a good job portraying interpersonal relationships, particularly family dynamics. The second quarter of the book lags as little moves the story forward while the main character learns new skills and falls in love.


But what stands out most are TA Bruno’s exceptional world-building skills. He describes alien races, planets, flora and fauna with detail and creativity, and particularly the predators of his story are outstanding.


Overall, this is a generally good book with flashes of brilliance.


3 Stars