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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
First by Randy Brown is a space travel science fiction novel about the race for outer space that can get out of hand very easily. Lewis wished to be the first astronaut to reach another star system and get back home safely. He dreamed big, and SpaceFirst shared the same goals. However, they are not the only ones racing toward the same goal which is to reach Proxima Centauri. Lewis was excited about the journey, but nothing could have prepared him for what lay ahead. The perilous journey proved to be deadly but there wasn’t much Lewis could do about it. All he could do was face each problem head-on and struggle to survive. He had to find a way back home, or else he would be lost in space forever. With lies, deceit, and sabotage dogging his every step, Lewis needed to survive. But could he?
A space race is a theme I haven't read before, but I enjoyed First so much. Author Randy Brown created a believable world where space travel is real (even if it is terrifyingly dangerous). Lewis’s character was fantastic. I understood his passion and excitement, but I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach the moment Lewis started his journey. I knew something would go wrong, and it did. The action was relentless, the pace was fast, and the suspense was incredible. I loved how intelligent and courageous Lewis was. He was a leader through and through, and it showed in how he navigated the obstacles ahead. If you love space exploration novels, you will adore this one! First by Randy Brown was simply perfect for me. I loved the camaraderie between Lewis, Colt, Sandra, Peter, and Eve. I enjoyed the thrill the story gave me (even though I was a little scared at times), and I loved the narrative style. I hope there will be a sequel!