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This book is one which I didn’t really know what to expect when I became to read it. A dystopian story at its core, set in the earth’s future in the year 2017, where the overpopulation has spread throughout the planet. And I found it interesting that Ms. Barrington had chosen to set her story in New Cairo, and that references are made to her home being called the City of the Dead. But then, again, the artifact which plays a significant is called the Vessel of Beket-Re seems to harken back to the ancient Egyptians and the pyramids.
There is a relationship which goes back years between Alekzander Brede, an amphidian from the planet Amphidia and Elecktra, who’s ekes a living on the streets by any means necessary, including stealing from others. However, it’s been she who has been madly in love with him, and he has viewed her as a pesky kid.
Yet one day she conceives his son, without telling him. And years later when he sees that child and recognizes he’s the father, his anger takes over for her not telling him and he kidnaps her child.
This starts a game of cat and mouse game between Earth and his home planet of Amphidia. While he has a warped sense of vengeance towards Elecktra, she will do anything she has to in order to save or son; as well as a search for the highly prized artifact which no one seems to know the power of.
The most distracting part I found in reading the book has been the lack of a justified right margin which, I find, makes a book easier to read, as a reader’s eyes knows when to stop on each line as they read each page.
Aside from this distraction, I’m giving this book 4 STARS for the enjoyable, page-turning experience I had.
Brede's personality has been influenced by his mixed heritage, creating a man who views any weakness as a fair reason to die. He enjoys watching as well as causing the suffering of others, including the women he is attracted to. He is friendless and his family members despise him. He has learned not to care about killing and even threatens his own son with death for his behavior. Brede is not a protagonist one will feel sorry for, love, or empathize with, and at times he acts as the antagonist in his own life story.
Because he is always at war with someone and has few (if any) he can call friends, Brede lacks any sort of understanding of how to behave like anything other than the thug is hired to be. He fails at romantic relationships and at parenting. Occasionally, but rarely, he shines with a moment of sophistication and understanding but for the most part is no more than the sum of his parts.
This story is packed with action and drama, and most of it is unpredictable, much like the characters. Barrington has created a complex world without relying too heavily on technological details. In other words, it's entertaining and descriptive without being overwhelming -something that both hardcore and casual science fiction fans can enjoy.
There is one particular "secretion" scene which is weirdly erotic...Barrington's characters are true xenophiles, and she has given new meaning to the word "sugar".
I would love to read a crossover novel with both DayStar and Brede together.
In the meantime, I'm predicting that The Brede Chronicles will be the best sci-fi novel of 2014!