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Animus by Matthew Risher

The Struggle for Survival 

The galaxy has been riped apart by war. Now, the people of “Proper Society” suffer under the tyrannical rule of the Civil Triumvirate. However, a band of revolutionaries fight against this evil power. They call themselves the Freedom Coalition.

Animus features monthly episode updates, along with special features via our wiki, twitter feed, and facebook page.

Note: Animus contains some graphic sexual content, graphic violence, and harsh language.


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Listed: Jan 12, 2012

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Editor’s First Impression

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Jan 26, 2014: Animus is solid military science fiction. I have listened to the first six episodes in a podcast by Galactic Spectrum, and they did a great job of bringing the story to life. So far the premise is pretty standard – rebels fighting against the tyrannical galactic government, with hints of a bioengineered super soldier. The author has clearly steeped himself in ideas of futuristic technology, warfare, and space travel, and the result is competently executed. Although only the first six episodes are available as an audio dramatization, the website holds the entire text of the completed first book and is attractive in its own right, with illustrations and extra tidbits such as character bio’s. Certainly worth checking out if you are a fan of the genre.

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Sometimes your bad guys need to be a little LESS bad

By Oniwasabi, author of The Monster They Deserve

Feb 16, 2014: I would like to first qualify this review by saying that I am only about one third of the way through the archive, and seeing how this was last updated in 2012 (which is at least the end of ‘Book 1’) I wouldn’t dive into this if you are really looking for something continuous.

That being said, most of this story is going great in my opinion. The main character (kinda by default since he was the first one we met, but we get to see a lot of other points of view as well) is a little bit cliche (I have amnesia but I’m great at EVERYTHING even if I don’t know why!) but it doesn’t play up to a ridiculous degree (nothing approaching Mary Sue or her cousin Gary as of yet). Some of the character interactions suffer from pacing problems, people deciding to trust the new guy a LITTLE bit too quickly, but for the most part the ‘protagonist’ side of the story is well written with believable characters.

Then you have the ‘antagonist’ side, where you get to see what your bad guys are up to. There are a few characters on this side that seem to be developed, have logical responses and thought processes, and overall make sense. Then you have characters that are just ludicrously awful, and the entire government system they represent seems to WANT them that way. I get the desire for REALLY bad guys as your villains, but when large scale societies and other things are involved, you really need to rationalize through a lot of the thought processes at least a little or you just create a disconnect. From what history we do get I can’t manage to completely wrap my head around the idea that THESE are the people who ended up in charge, and it hasn’t been a non-stop civil war since to get rid of them.

Overall I would recommend it as a decent sci-fi read with a militaristic focus, just don’t expect a lot from the ‘villains.’

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