The Oppressed by Matt Thomas
Rating: 4/5 stars
Series: Wroth Worlds (#1)
Publisher: Wroth Worlds
Genre: Science Fiction
Pub. Date: September 3, 2018
After the Hetarek took earth, few humans survived, and those who did were enslaved. Even fewer managed to escape. The survivors that remained on the planet spitefully called them "runners".
But now they're returning to retake the earth at any cost.
Bryan Howe, leader of Free human Special Forces Detachment 8222, is tasked with taking earth back. But finding help from the survivors isn't easy. Nearly a generation of enslavement has left the two groups of humans divided- and the survivors on the surface harbor more than a little resentment to their counterparts that escaped. It'll take everything he has to unite everyone against their common enemy and retake the planet from the inside.
Meanwhile, light-years away, the forces on the ground are supported by a team working endlessly to keep a tenuous alliance with the Ahai, and keep the troops on the ground alive. With both teams working tirelessly toward bringing humanity home, they might just stand a chance.
*** thank you to Matt Thomas for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for this honest review ***
This is a story that is at its core about the tenacity and resilience of the human spirit, even when faced with impossible odds. The story is compelling, but at times I found I wasn't as emotionally invested as I wanted to be (I realize that the fate of humanity was in question, but sometimes it wasn’t quite enough.) I just didn't connect with the characters the way I wanted to.
One thing that really made this book shine, and was definitely a highlight for me, was the battle scenes. They're well written, fast-paced and easy to follow. Thomas' military knowledge was readily apparent and it definitely enriched the story. The world-building was very well executed and at no points did i find myself lost. Especially great was how none of the species were treated like monoliths, despite having features that made them easily distinguishable.
What I particularly enjoyed was the ending. Don’t worry! No spoilers, but it was one of those endings that stuck with me and I’m still thinking about it. I really want to know what happens next. Overall, a very enjoyable read and I look forward to more books in the same universe.
If you’re into military fiction, and are a fan of science fiction, definitely give this one a read!
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