The world of Aurora Rising is a wonderfully rich, fleshed out place with characters I fell in love with. I became immersed in it as I followed Alex and Caleb through its vast spaces and its inner workings, and wanted more after I reached the last page of the trilogy. The short stories add to its depth and only increase the need to see more of this world and its people.
It's an action story, a love story, it's about overcoming those who want to hold humanity down, it's a grand adventure and a mystery. It's epic scifi and yet it's a story about two people caught up in something unexpected. As big as the scope is I never felt lost or overwhelmed. Every character, every scene and every moment had me knowing exactly where I was in the scheme of things and whether I was holding my breath, laughing or crying, I felt like I was there with them. Its richness and wonderful crafting made me not want to put it down until I finished.
I bought the paperbacks and when this collection came out I knew I had to have it so I could read it whenever and wherever I wanted. It's just that good.
The first book introduced a lot of characters and was a bit slow and to be honest if I purchased the books individually I would never have purchased the second book. By the second and third book the characters and story blended together and was difficult to put down.