Battlehymn by Zachary Ricks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. I don’t say that about many things, because really I don’t really enjoy a lot of them. I might enjoy them, but this one was different, this story was something special. This was a fantastic romp into a world that would have never thought that I would enjoy, and in the end I was completely wrong.
Let me see if I can explain a little better. I am not a huge anime fan, so when the blurb about the book started of with, “giant robots” I thought maybe I wouldn’t be interested. When the blurb ended with, “The power of rock-n-roll” I thought, well I like rock and roll, but being rather tone deaf I don’t know actually anything about music so stories about music don’t ever really appeal to me.
While it is true that there are both giant robots and rock-n-roll in this book Mr. Ricks does a wonderful job making the story about something else completely.
The story itself is about how a young man fresh out of the state sponsored shelters and on his own for the first time, finds himself near the center, and tangled up in a struggle that could very easily change the face of the universe as he knows it. Along the way he figured out that he is a lot more than he thinks.
This book is available at both BN.com and Amazon.com as well as at the authors website, where you can also find a free audio version, which I can highly recommend.
This is the first book 1 in a yet to be completed series, so if you are like me and like to wait until the story is complete, you might want to hold off reading this.