Daisy's Run

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Daisy's Run (The Clockwork Chimera #1) 
by Scott Baron 

What a twist on the whole idea of AI and space travel? I am blown away by the twist and turns of this book. I sit here struggling like the main character to absorb the monumental revelations in the book. The idea of space travel and the ease of returning to earth from decades of years away is hard enough to absorb. But the twist and turns the author goes through with the character is amazing. The reader is on their toes like Daisy, trying to survive one thing only to find that the real story is beyond their scope. I can't wait for the next book and I am biting at the bit to see the conclusion for the cliff hanger the author left me on.  Great Job Scott Baron, I think you have a series that will excite the reading public.
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I don't generally use the term "soft sci-fi", since I find the hard/soft science fiction divide to be kind of silly and arbitrary, but if anything is "soft sci-fi", it's this. This is a fast-paced, light science fiction thriller, full of twists and surprises. The titular character is a rough around the edges tech wiz with a lot of attitude that readers will either find fun and spunky or irritating (I personally alternated between the two). There's some themes of man vs machine, but they aren't well fleshed out, and the main characters humanity-first prejudice reads a bit is not well examined in this volume (although it may be more fleshed out later in the series). The book takes a bit to get going; the opening quarter of the book is frankly a slog. There are sex scenes as well, written with all the skill of a 14 year old (seriously, men who write sci-fi, if you want to have sex scenes in your book, crack open a romance novel, see how to do it well). The characterization is a bit flat at the start, but once the plot picks up, it serves a purpose. Overall, a good, if flawed book, with a strongly drawn main character and a quick pace.

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"Daisy's Run" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Scott Baron (https://scottbaron.blog). Mr. Baron has published six novels. This is the first novel in his "Clockwork Chimera" series. 

I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Situations, and Mature Language. The story is set in the future. The primary character is Daisy Swarthmore, a twenty-five-year-old redheaded communications and electronics expert aboard the spacecraft Váli. 

Swarthmore is part of the small crew that is taking the vessel back to Earth. They are all awoken prematurely from cryo-sleep when their ship is struck by debris. Swarthmore is relatively new to the crew but gets along well with most of them. The ship is controlled by Mal, an advanced AI. 

Swarthmore begins to have doubts about the AI, fearing that it is attempting a take-over. As the story progresses, one crew member 'accidentally' dies making Swarthmore even more paranoid. She soon finds herself on the run aboard the small ship. She hopes she can make it to the Moon's Dark Side base or to Earth in time to counter what she sees as a threat from the AI. While she is pursued by the crew, she ultimately discovers that things are far from what she had expected.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 361-page science fiction novel. I like the character of Swarthmore as well as the plot. Having unexpected plot twists make the novel feel fresh. I like the selected cover art. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Daisy's Run is a space drama. It's not quite what I expected it to be. Granted, there is action and mystery, but it's lacking depth and development of the story and the characters. It's an interesting read but not remarkable.
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Daisy's Run by Scott Baron from Curiouser Publishing is the first book in a five part science fiction series.  This book is a cliffhanger, not my favorite type ending for a book. A good series needs stand alone books.  So, that lead me to having an unfavorable opinion of this book. Without rehashing the publishers description or giving you a plot summary I will try to be open minded in my review.  
The character of Daisy a snarky techy was well written.  It's very easy to dislike this main character but I believe this is what the author intended.  The writing was slow at times and the sex scenes where a big deterrent to the story.  Way to long and very unnecessary to the story line. The premise of the story is interesting but for me personally I just wasn't hooked.  I doubt I will continue with the series.  
I'm giving this 3 stars, but the cliffhanger ending contributed to this rating. I think younger Sci fi fans would enjoy this book.  Less sex and an ending and it would be a 4.5 - 5 star book for me.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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What a scary concept being stuck in space with a malfunctioning AI, this book really interested me from the beginning and kept me invested until the end.
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2 stars

A ship heading back to earth from deep space is hit by debris and damaged. The AI supercomputer running the ship is woke early to make repairs and ensure that the ship stays on course. While the crew members didn't know each other before the journey, they were fed information about each other and their skills were updated so that they would be prepared for duty once they woke up. The crew immediately starts repairing the ship, but strange things start happening. 

The book started out fine and I really wanted to like it more, but I just couldn't. The main character was really annoying. The writing style is not something that appealed to me. There was too much dialogue and not enough storytelling. The story moved really slowly and was repetitive. I don't think I'll read any more books in this series. 

 I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Daisy’s Run is the first in a five-part science fiction series focused on artificial intelligence, cyborgs, spaceships, and what it means to be human. After an accident in space, the crew of a massive spaceship, the Vali, is woken from their cryo sleep in order to repair the ship. One of these characters is Daisy, one of the two technicians/engineers on the ship. She and Sarah work together to try to repair a ship that seems to be constantly malfunctioning, until one day a tragic event occurs and Sarah is jettisoned into space. As time goes on, Daisy starts to realise that the ship and everyone on it may not be what they seem, and she goes on a mission to uncover the truth.

This is my first time reading a book by Scott Baron and he does a great job with setting and landscape. While following the characters on the ship, I could easily picture everything in my head. The pacing could have been better and the characters do have their flaws which may or may not work for everyone. Good for ardent Sci-fi lovers.
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I dnf'ed this book. It reads like a Hollywood film treatment. It was too dramatic and the use of technical jargon was a bit confusing.
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Overall I really enjoyed the idea of the plot, setting, and mix of characters. I do not know if what caused my dislike was more the writing style or the annoying main character.
A major part of this book could be summarized like this:
"Let me explain ..."
"Let me explain ..."
"Let me explain ..."
"Let me explain ..."
"Why didn't you explain sooner?"

It annoyed me so much! If at any point in the book, we would have been given a proper explanation of the main character going insane and being tremendously paranoid. If her irrational acting were explained and adressed. If her racist tendencies against machines were properly explored and adressed more than saying "you are racist". If you paint a character with such strong flaws, this needs to be properly developed and adressed to be positive influence on the reader.
Because the main character was acting so paranoid and did never listen to anybody giving her hints as to what was going on, none of the "plot twists" were actually a twist. The reader can see them coming for miles because, well, it was explained if you cared to listen. The character development just got more annoying and worse by the page and at one point, where she just throws all her morals over board and harms her enemies in rather drastic ways and does not even show remorse, I am really stunned - because it is not properly adressed and dealt with.
Oh, and did I mention the cringeworthy sex scenes? "Something really tragic happened. I bet that means you want sex" summarizes how sex is utilized in this book best.

It is so incredibly sad because as I said in the beginning - this world is fantastic and I would love to read a good story with great writing and amazing characters in this world, even with this basic plot line.

I was provided with an eARC by the publisher through netgalle in exchange for an honest review.
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An author's skill is sometimes to start a 'simple' book along the lines of an existing, well developed literary formula, such as a science fiction soap opera, then deliver something else entirely by the end of the book, when all the characters are flipped around, some of the dead are dead, some of the dead are less dead, and some of the living may be less living than they think. Well formed characters appear that you won't find outside of a major science fiction author's work; in other words, this isn't your typical dime a dozen boilerplate Amazon ground out sci-fi series; this is a good stand alone effort that is contained in one book and is sufficient to the reader in one volume. Enjoyed this as a long read as an ebook; thanks #Netgalley
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I really enjoyed this book. It was nice to see a strong female lead and the writing was good. The mystery that unravels surprised me, which is good. I will definitely read the rest of this series!
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The character's manner was egotistic, stubborn and annoying. Many of the characters used the same vocabulary, for e.g. 'Ya' instead of 'you'. Too many sex scenes. An abundance of descriptions and explanations: too much tell, not enough show. Insta-romance is not my cup of tea and in this case, it's even more instant than usual insta-romances. The plot was long-winded as well. Many of the other reviewers pointed out other negatives about this book and I, for one, agree with them. And that's coming from someone who loves sci-fi.
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Daisy wakes up from cryo-sleep early to help her ship's crew fight an unexpected hazard from external impact.  With all she has to deal with,  not being to remember her past properly gets put on the shelf until one of the crew gets sucked out an airlock while tracking an oxygen leak--  and ends up inside Daisy's head!  

It turns out that there is more going on than she understands, and this run to Darkside lunar base for repairs is not at all routine. What's more, she has simply got to get over her prejudice against the cyborgs on board before she dooms what's left of the human race.  

This tale is a great way to examine the nature of what it means to be human, when humans are not the species in charge of the universe and have to use every trick in the book to persist in any way at all.  Also, it's often really funny.
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Didn't finish. This isn't a science fiction novel, it's a treatment for a scifi movie or TV show. Not a particularly up-to-date one, either: all the characters seem to be white (e.g. distinguished by hair color) with similarly Anglo names. These days, that's a kind of future uniformity that needs to be explained, not assumed as "normal": it made me feel as though this was a Retro Hugo candidate.

Further, the space ship is run by an AI (as per current SF standard), but there don't seem to be the usual assortment of bots or drones, just a disconcertingly handsome robot. I also gather it's supposed to be creepy & disconcerting that most of the crew (except our Plucky Heroine) have some obvious replacement parts or enhancements. And that's not getting into the scenes that might be exciting but make no sense (you don't repair spaceships that way), or the way late-20th-C pop culture is shoehorned in so the characters can make references the audience will think are funny. But when I realized that they're heading for a base on the "dark side" of Earth's moon, I bailed. 

I received a free e-ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I really wanted to like this book. It has a strong female lid. Had echoes of Aliens and a little bit of Pitch Black two of my favorite’s movies. The only reason I finished it is because It was given by Net Galley for an honest review otherwise, I would not have bothered. Id od not think this is being advertised as YA but the main heroine felt very young. She kept on making stupid mistake after stupid mistake and no she did not become endearing in any way. Also, she had a prejudice from the get go about mechanical replacement parts on humans. They never explained why, just natural hate on her part for something different? In Aliens Sigourney Weaver as Ripely was cautions against the AI/Cyborg because in the first movie it went nuts (or programmed to go a little nuts) so we could understand why. Here they did not even bother. There are some good points. The writing and editing are good. There is a mystery and you might want to read to get to it. This is not a stand-alone book although there is a closure of sorts at the end.
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Even as a kid growing up in the 80's with all the "firsts" of space exploration, I never dreamed about being an astronaut. Oh, sure, I'm a TNG Star Trek fan but beyond that, I can't say there's anything about space or science fiction that I really geek about. (And I'm not so sure that I'm not just a Patrick Stewart fan, because, c'mon, it's Patrick Stewart.) Ya'll are probably tired of hearing me say "I'm not that big of a sci-fi fan", yet I still keep reading it, don't I? Well, here are some reasons I couldn't say no to Daisy's Run.

First and foremost, Daisy is a strong, yet flawed, female protagonist and boy, is she snarky, which I love. You get this sense of her somehow being the underdog from the start and I always like to root for the underdog. Occasionally her internal dialogue and prejudices against AI and her more mechanically enhanced shipmates got a bit dreary, but overall, she was a lot of fun. The rest of the characters are equally delightful, even the ones that are a bit more stoic and aloof. While there wasn't necessarily a lot of time spent on character growth, I enjoyed the characters' interactions. The exception to that was the inelegantly phrased "romance" scenes. Egad, those were painfully awkward.  Ahem. Moving on... 

There's an impressive amount of world-building, which sounds strange since they are on a spacecraft for the vast majority of the book. I didn't feel like I got bogged down with any of the atmospheric constructs, which I tend to find quite boring in a lot of sci-fi. There's a big distinction between being shown something and being told what something looks like. A good author excels at being descriptive without becoming tedious, and Scott Baron has this concept firmly in his grasp. I also was intrigued by cybernetic parts that many of the characters are sporting. Even with all the advanced (theoretical) technology, I never felt that it was killing brain cells just trying to understand it. Indeed, some of the technology probably isn't very far off! 

There's a lot of intrigue surrounding Daisy and her shipmates and a slow build of drama in the first half. While not a lot really happens other than Daisy's paranoia, you just know that there is a big twist coming. From there, it's a rocketship of a ride to the end. 

I read the last page only a few hours after beginning, which is always a tell of a good book, and I was sad to see it go, which is the sign of an exceptional book. Maybe I'm fooling myself that I'm not a huge fan of science fiction. Or maybe kick-ass sci-fi like Daisy's Run is steadily 
converting me.

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This just did not catch me at all. By one forth of the way though I almost quit. The book did not seem to be going anywhere. I did not see world building or any plot. Just a lot of things that you do on a day to day basis. There was some action after that but still no plot. Where were they from? Where were they going? And why were they going? All eventually were answered and then the book just ended just as it seemed to get interesting.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.
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Daisy, is constructed as a stereotypical snarky technologically-apt guru, who wakes up to find, the ship she is on, needs repairs. But, this eventuates to be the least of her worries. (Repeat after me, they’re not always watching, and they’re not out to get you……. Convincing, yeah?)

It’s not often that you see a female lead, in a Sci-Fi series, at least, not one that’s simply used as a plot device, or for love-triangle purposes. It’s fun, and yet frustrating, yet the intricacies, and the inclusions of technical jargon helped to set the scene, as a technologically based novel, rather than simply a novel, with technology. 

It’s only limitation, is the over-use of the inter-personal relationships developed by characters – I’m not, not a fan of romance, but it’s an overused trope that I try my best to avoid. 

All-in-all, I loved the futuristic-centric setting, and the technological aspects, contributing to a strong-female lead.
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Having previously read other works by Scott Baron, I was excited to pick this one up.  This one feels a bit distinct from the ones I've read in the past, as it has a lot more sci-fi elements to it.  The main plot focuses on Daisy, who has just been awoken from a cryogenic sleep on a spacecraft headed to earth.  

I think the highlight of this book is definitely the amount of attention and imagination that went into world-building.  There's a very futuristic spin on all of the technology present in this book, but it was generally described well enough that I never really felt lost.  I was fascinated by the descriptions of cyborgs and fully integrated cybernetic limbs and I think the concept of a world where not all "people" are necessarily human is kind of fascinating.

That being said, there were a couple of aspects of this book that I didn't enjoy as much:
1. The excessive sex scenes.  Don't get me wrong, an occasional sex scene would have been fine -- but in this book, they felt a bit forced and awkward.  More than once I found myself skimming ahead to skip over these scenes.  
2. The exceeeeeessively long build-up to the explanation of what has transpired to humankind.  I think Daisy spends about half the book actively running away from the other characters who are trying to explain the state of things, and then once the explanation occurs, it's a very hefty info dump at the end.  The problem that goes hand-in-hand with this is that, by the time you reach the end, the explanation is not surprising.  In fact, I was probably no more than a quarter of the way through the book before I guessed at some of the major details, and by the time Daisy lands on earth, it was fairly clear... but it was still frustrating having to wait until the end to get some greater context.

Overall, the plot pulled together some compelling ideas for a storyline, and I found the setting really intriguing.  Though I do think some tweaks would improve the overall novel, I enjoyed this one.

I received a copy of this title from Netgalley for review.
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