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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
The Osmerian Conflict is the first book in the T-Sat Missions series by Llewellyn Burgess. A science fiction adventure to whet the appetite of any alien-loving, action craving robot fan everywhere. We follow Zee and Saku as they join the TSAT crew in a new system. While most crews are larger, this is a more elite, smaller crew than they have worked with in the past. Their first day is interrupted by an Osmerian attack, but did they? As the team explores their new assignment, plots and secrets come to light that no one thought possible. There was a lot of cool world building here, with mechanical suits reminiscent of Iron Man, planetary systems that are fun to explore, and many other great elements bringing the plot together at the end in an awesome climax!
Llewellyn Burgess has a very unique writing style. It isn't so much the stark harshness of the writing...it's more of a general bleakness. Burgess says exactly what needs to be said and no more. You end up getting a complete picture, but it's one that has minimal details, minimal character descriptions. I usually enjoy much more depth to my stories, but for some reason, I was okay with The Osmerian Conflict. It was as if it didn't need any of the extras to be awesome or relevant. It stood on its own, using its own style to great effect, and I can appreciate that. Character-wise, I liked Zee and Saku from the beginning, (not to mention Burgess's creativity in coming up with names...) and they just kept getting better as we went along.