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Alien Influences Paperback – June 8, 2012
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Bountiful is a sun-scorched, inhospitable planet, offering only one comfort to its small band of human colonists: the powerful intoxicant they create from native plants an export to other worlds. But an unspeakable disaster devastates the colony. Six of its children are found dead, their bodies marked in a bizarre parody of the puberty rites of the Dancers, Bountiful's enigmatic sentient race. Even more horrifying is the news that the murderers are not the Dancers--but eight other children of the colony.
What happens when small children are changed by their environment, made into something "other, not wholly human or alien? What will become of a society irrevocably torn by nightmarish acts carried out by its most innocent members? And how far will one young man go in his obsessive quest to bring healing to eight shattered children...even if he must cross the boundaries of death itself?
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I therefore read through it to discover what happened, but was in no way gripped by it or compelled to become more involved in the story. I never did understand the "souls in bottles" phenomenon and found it simply a mechanical device to support the plot.
The conclusion brought with it a feeling of hmmmmmm, okay. I much prefer a resounding AHA! or at least some tugging at my feelings and understanding.
Interesting, merely interesting.