Reviews of March Upcountry (2001)
Review by clong (2005-07-12)
I had fairly low expectations for this one, and I'd have to say that it was marginally better than I expected. Set in a galactic imperial setting, it's about a good-for-nothing prince whose ship is sabotaged, leaving him stranded on a little known planet with a small crew of marines. As they make their way across the planet to the only outpost of civilization (battling sometimes-hostile aliens, as well as flora and fauna, on the way) the prince begins to grow up.
The characters are fairly one-dimensional, the romance plotline was inane, and the aliens are far less interesting than they could have been. But, the story is surprisingly entertaining, and moves along a brisk pace. And, the price was right (free through www.baen.com/library )!
Review by bkedryna (2003-11-14)
This book isn't bad, but it's not quite up to Weber's standards. It seems to me Ringo wrote it and Weber gave him some pointers, but not enough of them.
A big part of it is rather boring, the natives are way too simple and similar to humans, despite their enormous biological differences, and the characters' dialogue isn't well developed. Often I found myself re-reding conversations and asking "What? What are they talking about? This doesn't make any sense!". Maybe it's just me, but I did not have the same problem with the Honor Harrington series.
I do not recommend this book - there is a lot of better stuff out there.