Apex Five (4.4/5): A Novel by Sarah Katz

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If this was the first actual novel by this author then please believe me when I say that I am going to be ordering subsequent publications – it was a really good start!

Set on The Plane, the story of Apex Five follows the struggles and tribulations of different nations and their leaders as they cope to come to terms with issues such as religion, technology and conflict. Each main character harbours his or her own opinion about the Zaam (godlike beings which feature in the religious narrative of The Plane), as well as politics and technology. I really enjoyed the sci-fi aspects of The Plane and its five megaliths and I feel that the story is original and enjoyable.

Narrative wise, there were parts here and there that didn’t flow so easily, and the scenes seemed to jump into one another (though perhaps this was a result of the kindle format). I also wanted scenes to be a bit more descriptive at times, with more of an emphasis of building the atmosphere for the reader’s benefit.

The dialogue was good but I would like to see the writer use dialogue to differentiate more between characters in future. I feel that the way in which characters converse and interact is a great representation of their personalities.

The characters, are diverse in such a sense with one of them being a gender switching, superhuman “Lasha” named Avithia and another, a mysterious young man named Rohem who absorbs and harnesses solar energy. To continue would be a spoiler as it would be more enjoyable for a reader to discover each unique character by themselves. I did however, want to be more in touch with some of the more villainous / vindictive aspects to some of them but was more than satisfied by the character depth and variety of the protagonists.
Personally, I also noticed certain parallels between political issues on The Plane with some issues which we contend with in modern politics, yet I feel that this did not detract from the originality of the plot or the narrative. The world which the author has built is well described as far as different nations and cultures are concerned and such parallels and complex issues only serve to enhance the aspects of plot.

For those of you who are interested in discovering the secrets behind the five ancient megaliths of The Plane – the last relics of The Zaam, as well as following the hopes and aspirations of the peoples of Lir, Tabira, Garo and Ayam; Apex Five can be ordered by clicking on the link below:

 

Setting: 5/5

Tone / Narrative: 3.5/5

Dialogue: 3.5/5

Characters: 5/5

Plot and sub-plots: 5/5

Overall: 4.4/5

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