Book Review: Sixth Prime by Dan O’Brien


I got this book send as a request to review before it’s release. It took me a while to get to it, but I finally did it and also got to interview the author! Here is my review of Sixth Prime by Dan O’Brien and underneath you will find a short interview.

Book Review: Sixth Prime by Dan O’Brien


Title & Author: Sixth Prime by Dan O’Brien
Genre: Science-Fiction, Adventure
Release Date: July 22 2016
Series: The Prime Saga


A war brews as a galaxy struggles to maintain a peace treaty signed in haste. The Commonwealth boasts sprawling cities built upon slums. The Sovereignty has placed the yoke of industry upon its citizens. Sixteen men and women are connected in a way they cannot yet understand. A murder of a prominent artist begins a chain of events that will ultimately determine the fate of the universe.

Only thirteen will remain.

In the end, there can be only one Prime.

Are you a Prime?

First of, I gave Sixth Prime by Dan O’Brien 4 out of 5 stars because I thought it was a great novel. The only reason I did not gave it it another star was the fact I did not like the end of the novel. To me multiple of the story-lines in the book did not have proper endings and it made me very sad.

The multiple story-lines make you guess at how they are connected. It liked that a lot. I enjoyed the story-line of Inmate 41E57-A the most. He is optimistic even though he does not remember who he used to be before going to prison. He gets a quest from an unknown man, which would allow him to take revenge. I am very curious how this story will play out.

The story-line I enjoyed the least was the one with Leda & Lorelei. There were a bit too many characters for it to all make sense. It made it hard to care about them.

The story is very well written. There was never a dull moment and sometimes even a lot of things going on. Pieces that I felt like: “OMG, what is going on?” and had to reread a paragraph to completely understand it. The story drew me in completely and I had a hard time putting it down. Now that I am done with it I would like to move on with the next book in the series.

The Interview

Can you tell me a bit about yourself? And something about the book? I’ve been writing for almost two decades now and managed to publish around 50 stories and novels during that time. I can’t imagine being anything other than an author; it is the perfect outlet for how I think, how I see the world. Sixth Prime is the first book in a series that I am really excited about. My hope is that readers will enjoy the book (and subsequent books) as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I just loved Sixth Prime, it has been a while since I read through a book in just a few hours. I think the world of Sixth Prime is very interesting.
How did you get to the world of the Prime Saga? It all started with psychology. I studied psychological science in graduate school, so I have an interest in the humn condition, in how people think. Also, I love math and the cosmos, so it all came together in this very interesting attempt to combine my love of space, math, and psychology. I can’t say much more without giving away where the series is going to go, but needless to say, it is very character-driven.

Did you have a hard time, figuring out how to make all of the story-lines work together? Not at all. I do a lot of outlining prior to writing; and for Sixth Prime, I made it a point to map out all six books and where the characters were going eventually. This way, I can let the characters grow organically as I write them without have to sacrifice narrative continuity.

Because it seems so real. If space travel was a real thing, at least. I would compare it to things like Star Wars, it feels very natural in the way the characters just travel between planets.
I liked most of the characters, they felt very rounded and balanced. I did not have any problems with any of the characters, I just felt the characters with Leda and Lorelei, where a bit less detailed, because they had so little to do.

Who is your favorite character to write about? I really enjoyed writing Cel Whitesun and Gloom, as they represented two very different types of characters. A lot of readers (so far) felt very strongly about Ale Euclid. Admittedly, he was also an interesting character study.

I had some problems with the ending of the book, a lot of the story-lines did not feel finished.
Are you planning to resolving all the question a reader might have after reading this book? Absolutely. The major question in Sixth Prime, the one starts out the book, is resolved; but all of the minor story-lines are building toward something much more. Spoiler alert: the remaining Primes get powers 😉

This may feel like an odd question, but
Would you buy a single trip to Mars (a non-return trip)? I would indeed if I could bring my wife and my puppy.

Let me know what you thought of this book!
If you have any requests for which book I should talk about next, please let me know in the comments down below.

For now, let books enrich your life!


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