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Book Review: Beer Run by John Willems

Updated: Feb 2, 2023


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It is the year 2538 in the Democratic Union of Planets. While many promising young men aspire to join the Intergalactic Navy and explore the universe, Bill Stiltson, son of the inventor of the artificially intelligent android, just wants to run a microbrewery on the moon. This is why he illegally buys an abandoned android, whom he dubs Cassandra, and covertly puts her to work behind the bar. However, Bill is thrown into a mystery when his old commander flies his ship into the sun, killing everyone on board, and Bill becomes a part of the investigation. Bill and Cassandra, along with Bill’s adopted android brother, Isaac, get drawn into a Luddite conspiracy.

My Review

Beer Run by John Willems is an entertaining novel about a man named Bill Stiltson who runs a bar and brewery on the moon. Its a low stakes science fiction novel that tells the story of a conspiracy that Bill is caught up in, and the eventual resolution.

One thing I liked about the book was how low stakes it was. This wasn't the story of some chosen-one hero. This wasn't a story of a war of galactic proportions. This was the story of a regular guy (sort of) who just ran a brewery, and happened upon a dangerous conspiracy.

All throughout the novel we are introduced to characters with their own motives and their own personalities. One of my favorites was Agent Darling, who I could never tell until end if she could be trusted or if she was one of the bad ones. The way Willems described the actions of Cassandra was also really well done, and he really did the "show not tell" rule done right when it came to her behaviors. All throughout the book, the interactions between the characters was also believable and fun. Not all the characters liked each other, where as some were close friends.

One thing I found creative and interesting about the book was the format. It wasn't divided into numbered chapters as I am used to. Instead, all throughout the book there are new headings that describe the state of the story. Such as "A moment of clarity from the Past" for instance. As an author who likes to experiment with new ways to do things in a book, I find this to be a wonderful shake up of the norm. Creativity with the way you do things should never be looked down upon, and should be celebrated.

Overall the book was enjoyable and fun. I really had a good time with it. From me I will give it 5 out of 5 stars. If you haven't already, you should pick up this book and give it a read.

On this site I tend to hand out bonus stars. Bonus stars are when an author goes above and beyond what they should do, and does something spectacular and amazing. So lets go over the list of bonus stars:

X - Outstanding level of notable diversity and representation among the characters

- Hooked from the very start

X - Extreme in-depth world building

X - Big emotional feels

X - High Levels of Excitement

⭐ - Keep on Guessing

So that's 3 out of 7 Bonus stars.

You can follow the Author on Twitter at @JackWillems1986

That's all from me fellow book lovers.

~ Caleb Teal, Author and Founder

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