November 1, 2021

Solaris Seethes (Solaris Saga Book 1) by Janet McNulty


Solaris Seethes (Solaris Saga Book 1) by Janet McNulty
Rating: 3 Stars
Release Date: December 9, 2014
Format: eBook
Publisher: MMP Publishing

Solaris Seethes, by author Janet McNulty and illustrator Robert Henry, is the first novel in the Solaris Saga series. As you might imagine from the beautiful cover, this story takes place in space. Readers follow the story of the main character Rynah as she escapes from her dying planet Lanyr on the titular Solaris. To save her planet, Rynah joins forces with four Earthlings brought together from different times and places in history. This unlikely group must work together to thwart the plans of Rynah’s former fiance, Klanor. The action revolves around a set of magical crystals. Alone, one can stabilize a planet, but together they can wreak havoc as a powerful weapon.

An immediate issue for me was the character development in this book. Many decisions by the characters seemed unrealistic and forced. For example, the most integral characters in this book were brought together from different eras in time. One would expect them to have issues adjusting to their new environment. Yet, this doesn’t happen, which is disappointing. The other issue for me was the illustrations that were included in the book, as they didn't add much value. I'm keeping in mind that it may be due to reading the e-book version, so there is no rating reduction because of this.

One thing I did love in this novel was world-building. There were components reminiscent of Scooby-Doo, the Avengers, and Star Trek. McNulty successfully employed some of the pieces that made the world-building in these universes so great and wove them into her own book. I wish she had borrowed even more elements, as a team dynamic like that of Mystery Inc. would have elevated the story to another level.


Anyone who loves traditional science fiction novels should enjoy this book. The beloved archetypal ingredients of a great sci-fi read are all present- space adventures, futuristic technology we can only dream of right now, and of course, aliens. From the start of the book, this was a very straightforward read; as a reader who gets bored easily while reading, I like to be kept on the edge of my seat. The editing was exceptional in this book, and there were no grammatical issues that I noticed. There were also no noticeable spelling issues or typos. 


McNulty and this series have immense potential to become a household name in the future, and there is undoubtedly room for improvement. I’m curious to read the next book in the series, Solaris Seeks, to see if her writing has improved or not.

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