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Reviewed by Scott Cahan for Readers' Favorite
Digger Day by Michael Lee Kirk is a character-driven, sci-fi adventure with lots of heart. The underlying dilemma the main characters face reminded me a little of The Hunger Games. The bevy of colorful characters on both sides of the moral spectrum reminded me a little of Star Wars. Both of those influences are incorporated nicely into the completely original story world of Digger Day. The story gives us several impressive heroes to root for, male and female. In the early pages, the main characters each seem to be involved in their own unrelated story. But, as the plot unfolds we see that they are all connected in one way or another. They all have something to do with a vicious animal called a digger. Every three months, each colony sends out three of their men to hunt for a digger and try to extract a powerful serum from within the beast’s body. Very seldom do any of the men survive the hunt. When the corrupt government forces young Jaden Crusoe to go digger hunting, everything changes.
Digger Day is part one in a series called The Legend of Jaden Crusoe. Because the author is telling his story over the course of several books rather than one, he’s taken the liberty of developing multiple characters involved in multiple story lines on multiple planets. The story is complex, but Kirk does an excellent job at keeping the main focus of the story clear in every scene. I found it easy to keep up with who is connected to whom and what each person is trying to do. His characters are also well defined and very distinct from the others. Digger Day is lots of fun to read. The story world Michael Lee Kirk has created in this book is fascinating and it’s filled with characters that are enjoyable to follow. I must warn readers that Digger Day leaves you hanging at the end in hopes that you will continue the story with book 2. Digger Day is an excellent beginning to what promises to be an excellent series. Sci-fi fans who don’t mind the sex, language, and extreme violence will find much to love in Digger Day.