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Solitude’s End: Book 1 of Echo's Way by Mike Waller starts in Corros, a small human colony world loaded with a rich mineral needed by the humans in their war against the Tolleani, an alien species and the only other known advanced beings in the galaxy. Life is good in the settlements of Corros until that day, the day the Tolleani came bringing death and total destruction and leaving Echo, a young woman, the sole survivor.
For three years she survives alone, praying for rescue. Then the aliens return to set up a research base at her old home community. For another year, she hides alone in the nearby mountains wondering if the humans will ever return. One day a human ship arrives but is quickly captured by the aliens. Ben, a member of the captured crew, manages to escape and stumbles upon Echo's hideout. She and Ben must work together if they are to escape, but a series of events leaves them with only one last chance; if they can survive long enough to take it.
I’m a big science fiction fan and the sub-genre of Space Opera is one of my favorites. Solitude’s End: Book 1 of Echo's Way by Mike Waller with aliens, space ships, death, and survival did not disappoint. All in all, it’s just a good fun read. The main characters, Echo and Ben and the alien Koll, are strong and well developed. The plot is solid and the story kept my attention. I can see many sequels in the future for the Echo’s Way series. Very good book, I enjoyed it.