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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, June 26, 2005
This review is from: Migration (Species Imperative #2) (Hardcover)
Julie Czerneda has recently become one of my favorite authors. I'd never so much as heard of her until a couple of weeks ago when on a whim I picked up the first book, Survival. Just some light reading to keep me occupied on a boring road trip, I thought. Wrong. I was _immediately_ enthralled and read it cover to cover in two days, before rushing out and getting my hands on this sequel, which does not dissapoint.

Mackenzie Connor (call her Mac...) is one of the most likeable characters I've come across in a long time; brilliant, tempermental, and even when yanked away from her salmon research and into intergalactic politics, she has a down-to-Earth personality and perspective that helps to put even the bizzarest situation in perspective. There's a lot of humor in both of the Species Imperative books --this one had me in stiches multiple times-- but the bigger picture being an ominous, all life in imminent peril sort of thing, as well as betrayal, intrigue, and threats to the people and things Mac cares about on a more personal level, there were just as many times the books had me near tears.

Migration picks up where Survival left off and ups the ante in a big way. The last book focused mainly on the Dhryn, where Mac got to know them as individuals (in Brymn's case as good friends) and find out important information about their culture and physiology, making their sudden transformation all the more horrifying - it just wouldn't have had the same impact if they'd started out as faceless Bad Guys(tm). This time around we get to know several other aliens as they work with Mac to try to find a way to save themselves from the Dhryn. The Sinzi are wonderful, (you'll have to read it yourself to find out about the Trisulians and the Myg :D) and the Ro are more terrifying and ruthless than ever.

It was a real pleasure to follow along as the mystery of the Dhryn, how they became the way they are and who was responsible, was put together piece by piece. (I figured it out before Mac did, but only by a few pages.) Everything tied in nicely with the events of the last book, though I'm glad there are still a few details and unanswered questions that will have to be resolved in the next. The only thing I don't like is the fact that I must now begin the agonizing wait until the next book comes out. I just hope Czerneda is a fast writer...
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