Beta Read: In Spite of the Inevitable

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Current Beta Readers: Responses are due 28 January 2023.   In Spite of the Inevitable will open for ARC Readers later in 2023.

Sign up to Beta Read the current draft of In Spite of the Inevitable, and provide your input on this Science Fiction Fantasy novel.

Hiding from his violent history as a revered Void necromancer within the Sparnell Confederation, single father Shane Lawrence has finally built a quiet life. On the freehold planet of Baden he can pour his energy into the only thing that now matters: the safety and upbringing of his precocious son, Jake.
  All too soon, the Confederation targets Baden for annexation, confronting Shane once more with his treasonous past. Worse, the invading force is led by none other than Shane's manipulative former mentor, Admiral Kydell.
  Shane's every instinct screams to run, to hide Jake even further from Sparnell – but Baden is home. This time he could choose to make a stand and defend the entire planet, not just his son. But that means turning to the very skills he swore he'd leave behind…

Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept...

You will be provided an eBook copy of the book (for your use only!) and asked to answer the following questions as best you can (on this Google Form). I will need your response by 28 January 2023 so I have time to make the edits prior to my intended release later that year.
About You
  • A few questions about your usual reading habits and preferences.
  • All answers are optional! This section is to provide me with context for your comments, and reduce the chance of clarification follow up questions.
Scenes and Setup
  • What was the first thing that piqued your interest? Where were you hooked?
  • Which scenes or moments were the most memorable? What did you most enjoy about them? What did you dislike?
  • Which setting was the most vivid for you? Which was the least? Where would you like to know more about?
  • Which character do you relate to the most, or would like most to meet in real life? Why do you feel this way?
  • Were the character descriptions sufficient enough for you to envision the characters as you read? Were there any you felt required more details?
  • Did the characters and their growth, choices, personal agency, and interpersonal relationships feel realistic and sufficient?
  • If you had to choose one character to remove or change from the story, who would you choose and why?
  • Did the dialog feel natural and hold your interest? Did any conversations feel forced?
Flow and Immersion
  • If you stopped reading or skipped ahead at any point, where and why?
  • How did you feel about the pacing of the story? Was there anywhere that felt too fast? Too slow? Did the chapter transitions flow smoothly?
  • Did you discover any inconsistencies, plot holes, confusing passages, or other moments that didn't make sense?
  • Were you pulled out of the story for any reason? If so, where?
  • What did this story do best overall? What do you feel could be improved?
  • Was the ending satisfying? Believable? What could be improved to better hold your interest?
  • What questions do you have for the next book? Any questions you'd like to see resolved or something you want to see more of?
  • Do you have any other feedback for me?


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