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Galactic Division - Book One: Conscription by [Loddon, J E]
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As pacifist Milo turns 19, his turn comes to face the Conscription lottery. If he loses, he'll be forced to join the Galactic Division, and train to fight in an interstellar war.

If chosen, Milo will have to leave his life in ‘The Grit’, and his best friend Chris. He’ll be taken aboard the Anastasia, one of the Galactic Division’s vast training vessels. Here, the thousands of young recruits that have been torn from their homes and families must learn to work together and fight. Not just for their own survival, but for the very future of the human race.

Whether Milo is taken, or if Chris goes and leaves Milo behind, their lives look set to be unalterably changed.

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  • Print Length: 242 pages
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  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent start to a series 29 March 2017
By jannert - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I have a verified purchase sticker on the review I wrote on the site, because that's where I bought the book from. I feel compelled to share the review I wrote there, simply because the book fulfilled my desire for a compelling start to a series. It's not a stand-alone book, but it has made me eager to read the next installment, when it comes out.

Here is a copy/paste of the review I wrote on the UK site:

I totally enjoyed reading Galactic Division - Book 1 - Conscription.

I enjoy this kind of sci-fi. It's engrossing, it feels like sci-fi, yet it's also believable. The story takes place on a personal scale rather than a grandiose one, and the characters are engagingly human.

I LOVE the main character, Milo. The author has not made him into some super-guy, but has created a likeable person who is just not on top of the game—at least not yet. I sense a strength of character in Milo that I’m sure will develop through the next books in the series. Milo is able to analyze things and learn from what he sees. He remains detached, but not in the sense that he doesn't care. It's just that he's cautious and not gung-ho. He seems aware that it’s usually the second mouse that gets the cheese.

I am so intrigued by all the characters in the book. The ‘teamwork’ that is forced on these young conscriptees who would never would have chosen each other as teammates, is an engrossing part of the story. For example, it takes a while to realise that Liberty is NOT really a good leader after all. She's bossy enough, and motivated enough, but she consistently fails to motivate the rest of her team, and fails to discover and use their skills. Instead, she grumps around when things don't go well and makes her team feel inadequate. She's got a LOT to learn about leadership.

Discovering Liberty’s backstory and the backstory of the other characters made me realise there is more to this story than simple combat sci-fi. There is intriguing mystery about the Galactic society itself, which will presumably be solved as the series moves on.

(And what ARE those unappealing brown balls…?)

The pace the author sets here is just right. He takes his time to draw us in, but he also leaves us feeling that we're moving forward. This is not a stand-alone story, nor does it conclude with a gimmicky cliffhanger, but this phase of Milo's life ends in a way that makes me eager to move on. I assume that the intentionally claustrophobic world the author has set up in this Part One will open up considerably in Part Two, when the team finally leaves the conscription ship.

I very much look forward to finding out what happens next.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Different 8 March 2017
By Ed A - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is not your run of the mill space military tale. This is a story of how newly drafted or volunteer cadets trained for their part in the war their civilization is fighting. I felt no empathy towards any of the characters and their flaws. That said, I struggled to get halfway thru this story then skipped to the end.