Paraphrasing a line from this story, "Never piss off a Texan who holds the high ground."
A rather fast moving story. Typical good vs bad and shows exactly how screwed up and overbearing our government can be. Just ask anyone who has had a hostile audit by the I.R.S..
A good guy who did the right thing but was shafted by a typical know-it-all liberal bitch. Go from college student to entrepreneur to just leave me alone.
You just KNOW someone is going to screw with him.
I'm not giving anything away when I say there is a good dose of sci-fi. I wish the things that led up to the finish were different but I can see where the author was going and why.
My one Major complaint is there is no way to contact the author. Even when he says feedback is welcome he should turn on the feedback function.
Don't pass this or any other story by Refusenik. It/they, are definitely worth the read.
"Refusenik: Endings Guaranteed" would be the slogan that I used to market the author of Island Mine. Two stories in six months, both unique on SOL and both complete; I'm not sure which of these attributes is more unusual or interesting.
I usually wait a little and gather my thoughts before writing a review, but it seems that IM will join its predecessor in forcing me to write a review immediately following its conclusion. Where to even start with this bundle of excitement?
First, I suppose it's worth mentioning that readers looking for something similar to Human: Phoenix will likely be disappointed. I don't mean this as a bad thing, just that everything about this story is very different, excepting some stylistic influence from the author. H:P was the story of a troubled young boy as he grew into a slightly older boy, whereas IM is about a young man who is mostly settled on who he is but continually runs into trouble in the course of his plans for not dominating the world.
On the topic of those plans, this story's base premise reminded me of any number of other stories that I've seen on SOL. The difference, however, is that Refusenik put some work into crafting a background for it, and, as a result, it didn't just devolve into a series of mind-numbing orgies. For this, I am massively thankful, and I hope that some other authors can take note of the use of "plot" and "events" here for use in their own works.
Character-wise, I think Refusenik has improved tremendously in the course of writing this story. Waylon is still a little clumsy and robotic at times, but his personality shines through for most of the story. Other characters, however, feel fleshed-out and realistic.
My favorite parts of this story, without a doubt, were the Crystal City scenes. Refusenik managed to create a very entertaining portrayal of military and governmental bureaucracy, and I found myself looking forward to each one. The downside is that towards the end I found myself enjoying and anticipating them more than the main story. Perhaps this is a case of too much success?
Technically this was one of the best-written stories I've ever read here. An incredibly impressive effort here, and the time spent was well worth it.
One thing that I've noticed in reading the author's blog, and in the way that the story is set up, is that readers seem to be demanding that this story either go on infinitely or have a large number of sequels. Regardless of whether the author intends to write a sequel, I'm going to go on record here: Island Mine should end here. Some stories SHOULD continue, some stories CAN continue, and other stories are complete. This is one of the latter kinds. The proper response is to acknowledge your enjoyment, thank the author, and then reflect on what you've read.
This is a good, well-written story by an up-and-coming author who I hope to continue seeing more of. It has a satisfactory resolution, and I'm grateful for the chance to have read it.