Embassy (Recovery #1)
Publication Date: January 2014
Genre: Science Fiction
Arman Lance was supposed to travel the galaxy with his father, not watch him die. He was supposed to experience the adventures from his father’s stories, not isolate himself from the world. He was going to join the Embassy Program, fly across the galaxy, and find Ladia Purnell, a girl from another planet whom he loved years before.
Clinging to his fading hopes and dreams, Arman joins the Embassy Program to fulfill that last promise. If he can reach Ladia, he’ll never have to worry, never have to feel alone. But it doesn’t take long for his plan to fall apart when he’s confronted by his fellow Embassy recruit, Glacia Haverns, the ever-smiling adrenaline junkie who decides it’s her job to show Arman there’s more to life than chasing a desperate obsession.
Embassy blew me away. Martin clearly thought this book out with amazing detail to bring different meanings to each page. I have high expectations for any science fiction novel. I grew up watching every show and movie I was allowed. Then I was venturing into reading sci-fi and now writing it. What I hope to achieve in my own book is what Embassy offers. I had a good feeling about this one and it paid off. Embassy is packed full of those intriguing science fiction elements that broaden the way you see the future. Along with the confident tone of scientific elements, is the strong backbone of emotional turmoil and challenges that can interest anyone.
Martin does an excellent job of world building as well. The imagery given allows the reader to expand in their imagination, without the over-exhaustion of too much detail. Certain details are still explained clearly and were very exciting to read. Such as a game invented called Hologis, a holographic dodgeball type of game that I would likely last one minute in. The overall pace and first person point of view works really well with the clarity of what Arman is facing. Another note, though it’s not important to everyone, was my love of all the character names, planets, and so on. They weren’t too complicated for one. I can find myself reading a book and getting confused or lost in all the different words that try to be different from every other book. Embassy may have a larger than life world but it seemed more exciting than overwhelming.
Characters were refreshing. I use that word a lot but it fits. Arman is complicated, not always likable, but creative and chasing a love from years ago. Suffering a tragic loss and feeling his own guilt over what happened, he isolates himself and leaves everything behind. Including his family that are also suffering from the loss. Like I said, not always likable. Arman adapts and grows to his new ship life. Another character, Glacia, was my favorite. She, along with others, make Arman gain perspective about how he had been spending his life and the opportunities in front of him. Glacia is tough, smart, and was a very real character to easily connect with for me. I really enjoyed this book and encourage others to check it out! I know that I’ll be adding the rest of the series to my list of what to read next!
S. Alex Martin grew up fascinated with astronomy and reading Harry Potter. His books reflect his vision for the future of humanity in the way of space exploration. He hopes to help inspire that same love of the final frontier in another generation to do his part to help progress humanity a little further.
In the words of Stephen Hawking: “There should be no boundary to human endeavor.”