Review: Jubilee Year (Erelong #1) by Gerard O’Neill

Jubilee YearTitle: Jubilee Year
Author: Gerard O’Neill
Series: Erelong #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: sci-fi/ dystopia
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Blurb:
What if the world were about to end, but they weren’t going to tell you?

Eighteen-year-old Storm lives in a small country town in Australia, next to one of the most famous telescopes in the world. When he falls for Penny, the daughter of the chief scientist at the observatory, he discovers a global conspiracy of silence. He learns a mini-star system approaches Earth, and the penalty for any scientist who talks about it is death.

If Storm and his companions are to survive they must stay out of the way of the government’s security forces, assassination squads working for powerful hidden entities, and the internment camps for dissenters. Even his special ability is not going to be enough. He must accept help when it’s offered. But others are not who they seem to be and neither is the reality of a world Storm thought he knew.

My Review:
Jubilee Year is a solid sci-fi dystopian read with an interesting premise and plenty of mystery and suspense to keep the reader engaged.

This is a well-written debut novel with a focus on family, friendship, young love, and government conspiracy and control. I really enjoyed the Australian setting and it was a refreshing change from the norm. World building is credible. This book focuses on the unsettling climate change and the reasons behind it. Yes, there is political intrigue and a controlling government keeping citizens in the dark, which is common enough within the genre, but I still found it a very interesting read.

Storm is a strong, decent male lead. In the main, character development is solidly built throughout the novel, and it was easy to love or hate or certainly feel strong emotions toward every player.

For me, the pacing was a little inconsistent in parts. I struggled to get into this book for the first 25 percent, and I put it down a couple of times. I’m glad I came back to it because I thought the second half of the book was superb, it flowed much better and was a lot more action packed.

The romance was very light in this book and that’s my biggest complaint as I like my sci-fi to have a strong romance subplot and a swoon-worthy lead male. There is some romance, and it is sweet but just not deep enough to satisfy this reader.

Overall, I think this is a very good debut novel that will definitely appeal to fans of this genre.

Thanks to the author for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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