Awful? By no means, Amazon says not!
4.5 stars with 8 reviews.
"A very good movie material. Call alert to Alfonso Cuaron and Scott Ridley."
"There’s even philosophical stimulation"
"you can almost see the movie this book could become"
"Good guys, bad guys, people in between"
a) $2.75 price means The Forever War or Mote in God's Eye, no?
b) The reviewers are family/friends.
c) The reviewers are
morons , easily pleased.
d) The author of _this_ article just doesn't get great SF in the tradition of Clark, Asimov, Banks and Heinlein.
(A comparison to the above authors was the key point of a glowing review of a very turgid SF novel I just read and reviewed negatively)
Advice to those buying cheap Kindle SF, methinks the proportion of lobotomized reviewers increases as price decreases and the number of guns increases. Military, apocalypse and first contact SF seem to attract a number of rabid fans who will devour anything in that field and praise turds as diamonds. I suppose that would be true of zombie SF novels too but haven't dipped my toes.
I love it when you write a negative review and you get a downvote within an hour or two on an otherwise infrequently reviewed book. A suspicious person, which I am not, might almost suspect the author.
That said, I have discovered some very very cool new authors on Kindle, and if you wait for the daily discounts, you can get them for quite cheap. Look at the bad reviews first, get a sense if they are of the "OMG... boring, like no action 4 10 pages, back 2 COD, LOL" or the "cardboard characters, unbelievable plot" variety and try to guesstimate how credible the reviewer is.