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Factory 4-80


Worth reading 😎

Loved the snappy dialogue and characters, but the plot was at times hard to follow.

Factory 4-80 really caught my attention with its premise. A female space commander and an AI alien factory? Sign me up! But even though there were elements of the story I really liked, the whole of the plot just wasn't for me. I hate to give a bad review, so first I'll talk about what didn't work for me and then end on a positive note.

At times, I found the plot really hard to follow. The basic premise was clear enough, but working through the characters' decision-making and the finer points of the action left me confused more times than not. It could've just been me, but aside from that, I often felt like I was missing information. Mostly, I felt like I was supposed to know about the ship and its technology going in.

For example, it took me until close to the end to realize what an "augment" was, or to understand why the commander had a pet jaguar (called an "auguar"), and why the pet jaguar was hyper-intelligent. I liked the jaguar, and I liked the ship's technology, but understanding how it all worked from the get-go--not necessarily in full detail, but enough to follow the concept--would have helped me feel oriented to the story so much quicker.

However, I did really like Commander O'Rourke's character. I thought she was strong and spunky, and she was a good lead. The snappy repartee with her crew was fun to read, though I think I would've liked even more genuine character moments, especially between her and her first officer, with whom she appeared to have the strongest connection.

The dialogue between the commander and Factory 4-80 was pretty fun, too, though the titular AI was not at all what I expected it to be... and without giving anything away, I'll just say that I might've been missing the point. Even if it didn't go where I thought it would, I still found the factory "character" (I mean, he is pretty humanoid) interesting enough.

Factory 4-80 had great characters and clever dialogue, but personally, it didn't deliver when it came to the plot. However, for fans of space-based sci-fi akin to Star Trek, I think it checks many of the right boxes.

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Freelance writer and content developer by day, blogger and aspiring author by night. However, my only professional goal has always been to make a living doing what I love most: reading and writing! At my core, I'm just a goof who loves a good story.


About the author

Brought up in a logging camp with no electricity, Gordon Long learned his storytelling in the traditional way: at his father’s knee. He now spends his time editing, publishing, travelling, blogging and writing Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Social Commentary, although sometimes the boundaries blur. view profile

Published on April 26, 2019

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Genre: Space Opera

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