Ryan Hodge, as I understand it, as had some success over the years writing short stories and the like and that this is his first attempt at a full size novel. As I am sure is the case with every author's first novel, there is some improvement to be desired, but Wounded Worlds is a very promising start and I look forward to Hodge's next novel.
Wounded Worlds: 8 out of 10
The second problem that I had reading this novel, was the constant flashbacks. Just about every other, or every third, chapter is set back about twenty years ago. This annoyed me at first, but by the end I absolutely loved it. The use of flashbacks helps tremendously to erect the world, show us who the main characters are in a much deeper, more profound manner, as well as adding more action and compelling story lines.
This book is fantastic otherwise. All of the characters are believable and their actions under strenuous circumstances are so realistic that I was impressed by the author's grasp of the human condition.
By the time I finished Wounded Worlds, I wanted to rate it with a nine. After reading through it, I decided that it was that good. But I can't ignore that it does take a little determination to get into the book. But the effort is more than well rewarded and I definitely recommend Wound Worlds. I look forward to seeing Ryan Hodge's next novel and can't wait for the opportunity.