Serengeti by J.B. Rockwell
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
on April 26, 2016
It was supposed to be an easy job: find the Dark Star Revolution Starships, destroy them, and go home. But a booby-trapped vessel decimates the Meridian Alliance fleet, leaving Serengeti - a Valkyrie class warship with a sentient AI brain - on her own, wrecked and abandoned in an empty expanse of space. On the edge of total failure, Serengeti thinks only of her crew. She herds the survivors into a lifeboat, intending to sling them into space. But the escape pod sticks in her belly, locking the cryogenically frozen crew inside. Then a scavenger ship arrives to pick Serengeti's bones clean. Her engine's dead, her guns long silenced; Serengeti and her last two robots must find a way to fight the scavengers off and save the crew trapped inside her.
Now that I’ve finished listening to Serengeti I’ve come to two conclusions; one, I don’t know how to rate it (although I’ll probably work through that in this review), and second, the two major points of the story was, in a way, completely opposite from the other. What I mean is that the story started off one way with high intensity, and yes that in itself helped in forming the way it ended, but the ending was on a completely different atmosphere and storyline.
Serengeti starts off where there’s a conflict brewing between another AI – Brutus I believe his name was, Serengeti, and Serengeti’s crew. This conflict leads to some of her crew dying, becoming injured, and it subsequently leads in Serengeti and her crew – for their sakes – to part ways. I was somewhat on board with the storyline of how Serengeti started, but I have to admit that I was so confused as to what was really happening that I couldn’t get into the story that much.
The world that Rockwell built for Serengeti – although Rockwell gave a good effort in trying to make it as uncomplicated as possible – was hard to follow. From the point of Serengeti sending off the remaining members of her team to safety was also the point where the story birthed another storyline, one where Serengeti was now alone with the robots she found after the crash.
Outside of my confusion of what the story of Serengeti was supposed to be about, I did enjoy the relationship between Serengeti, Tig, Tilly, and their mini-me robot (can’t remember her name nor how to spell it, the curse of reviewing audiobooks). My heart strings were pulled something fierce, and I know this was so because of the narration of Elizabeth Wiley.
Elizabeth Wiley did an amazing job on all the voices and the pacing of Serengeti. The way she was able to understand what was going on and bring this story to life was what kept me interested. Just off her performance for Serengeti alone I had to add her to my list of narrators to look out for.