The Commander: Guardian of Utopia by Kevin Groh is the rags to riches story of an ordinary teenager. The story begins in Utopia Beta, a planet ravaged by the aftermath of overpopulation and war. The societal division is brutal, and the poor people live in the slums, struggling to find resources. Whereas on the other side of the planet, the riches find their fare by controlling the power through an overtly powerful army.
It is a struggle as old as the ages, and we see it come together in a fascinating Interplanetary coalition. The home base of Utopia Beta is attacked and the small ragtag group of recruits have stayed behind, refusing to accept defeat. They believe that fighting to the end is the only way. They take command of their situation and risk their lives to fight for their planet.
The book starts with the protagonist in a military facility, awaiting a bleak future of prosthetic modifications to make him into a soldier. It slowly shows us the underdog’s fight through many adventures, ending in a very satisfying conclusion. For me, this is the highlight of the book. The writer has taken every opportunity to surprise and amaze us. Yet, every plot point in the book has been neatly tied up into a satisfying conclusion. It an incredibly enriching experience.
There is a lot of action in the book, and I am struggling to find a moment when the pace of the story is “slow”. It might come as a surprise for some readers to see that the story moves through a brisk pace with little breathers in the middle, but I love the action and the story has a little bit of bite and punch. The Commander by Kevin Groh delivers the futuristic world conflicts and difficulties really well. It is utterly extraordinary yet entirely plausible.
From the start, The Commander has the building elements of a remarkable sci-fi book. There is an endearing group of misfits who struggle together and strive together to find their place in this brutal and exciting world. They are trained to become soldiers, and nothing comes easy, so it does not feel like the characters are fluffed up. The fact that the story is wrapped in a otherworldly setting is only the cherry on top. There are also many planets and interplanetary relationships to explore in future books, which is why I will be looking forward to the next installments with a lot of excitement. The mean instructors, challenging lessons, and daunting adventures make this book touch the heartstring of every reader who wants to achieve the impossible. Order your copy of The Commander on Amazon now.