Genre: Science Fiction / Adventure
“Flotilla is crossover apocalyptic science fiction that fans of Blade Runner, Star Wars, the Hunger Games and Firefly will fall in love with. This is a story that will bring hard-core sci-fi geeks, teens and adventure fans together.” This is the quote taken directly from all retailers in reference to Dan Haight’s novel Flotilla, a story that follows the teenage Jim as he goes through life on the Pacific Fisheries Colony D, attempting to reconnect with his estranged father Rick and survive the underworld businesses like drugs and gambling at the same time. I can say that as fans of all the series listed above, I was happy with my time with Flotilla.
Haight’s novel follows Jim from a first person perspective, which I believe is the right choice. Haight does a great job of characterization with Jim. He writes all of Jim’s experiences like a fourteen year old teenager struggling with his own issues while being forced to grow up too fast on this sea-standing colony. You get to know our protagonist extremely well.
Haight’s setting is also vividly detailed that the Colony practically becomes a character in its own right. Jim’s first sight of the colony is detailed as “a floating wreckage” and a “Naval disaster.” I know we all have heard the term “don’t judge a book by its cover” but this floating wreckage mirrored its outward appearance. And little did Jim know what the Colony would have in store for him.
Flotilla is extremely well paced. There wasn’t a moment when I felt the book was lagging or seemed to be too stretched out in detail. The novel truly gets fast and furious in the last few chapters and you’re left with without so much as a clue as to what will happen to Jim next. The novel keeps you wanting more by ending with Jim saying “I’ll figure it out in the morning.”
Flotilla’s 2nd Edition comes out tomorrow on November 23 (Black Friday) in ebook as well as hard copy.