Food for thought from another blogger’s review.
“Flotilla is crossover apocalyptic science fiction that fans of Blade Runner, Star Wars, the Hunger Games and Firefly will fall in love with. This is a story that will bring hard-core sci-fi geeks, teens and adventure fans together.” This is the quote taken directly from all retailers in reference to Dan Haight’s novel Flotilla, a story that follows the teenage Jim as he goes through life on the Pacific Fisheries Colony D…”
This kind of “If you like X, you’ll like Z” can be viewed in many different ways. We’re served up recommendations on so many sites that it’s become a virulent meme that can inspire new and hopeful writers to try the same technique. It gives the impression that the author (and it is the author’s claim) really doesn’t know sh-t about science fiction because the four titles listed are so dissimilar to each other that they might as well exist in different universes. And given that all four titles are movies (though Hunger Games is originally the first in a series of books), it’s possible that the author believes all science fiction should be modeled on movies. Finally, it leaves me with the feeling that 1. The book is nothing but a mashup of themes from various sources and will have little to offer anyone who’s looking for originality, and 2. The author hopes that the glow of well-known titles will somehow rub off, simply by mentioning them.