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Children of Hope Hardcover – April 1, 2001
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Children of Hope, the seventh book in David Feintuch's Seafort Saga, continues the story of Captain Nicholas Seafort and sheds new light on the alien invaders known as the Fish. Seafort may have survived all manner of battles, rebellions, and ecological challenges, but the vengeance of one 14-year-old boy could cost him his life.
Randy, the angry son of Derek Carr, blames Seafort for his father's death. Derek was the Stadholder of Hope Nation, a planet struggling for survival and freedom. After Derek's death, Hope Nation was plunged into political uncertainty and young Randy was left fatherless. One defiant act against the powerful Church launches Randy into an adventure that will lead him to face Hope Nation's church leaders, alien invaders, and the man he deems responsible for his father's death, Nicholas Seafort. At stake is not only Randy's life, but the fate of Hope Nation itself.
Feintuch, the winner of the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer, continues his military SF saga by creating another complicated character. Young Randy is just as tortured, difficult, and guilt-ridden as Seafort, but he has his own story to tell. While the unrelenting action mixes nicely with the political and alien invasion subplots, Randy ends up being a little too unpredictable. Too often he seems more like an 8-year-old than a 14-year-old, and at points it's hard to sympathize with him. In fact, the event that begins Randy's adventure is so unbelievable that it casts a shadow over the first half of the book, until the action heats up and the story truly gets exciting. Even so, Seafort Saga fans won't want to miss this installment, especially to discover how the Fish figure in. --Kathie Huddleston
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Midshipman's Hope (1994), Feintuch's paperback original first novel, which helped win him the John W. Campbell award as best new SF writer, introduced Space Navy officer Nicholas Seafort, whose sense of moral inadequacy drove him to superhuman accomplishments that left him feeling even guiltier. After five books the series went into hardcover with Patriarch's Hope (1999), and the fascinating Seafort is at the center of this seventh novel, too. The narrator, however, is Randy Carr, a 14-year-old boy who first tries to kill Seafort but winds up as his adopted son. Randy is a mess. He's impulsive, overflows with teen angst and has a talent for seeing the truth and sharing it in the bluntest, most insulting manner possible. Like his adoptive father, he takes himself more seriously than anyone should. They aren't alone; everyone in this novel is obsessively driven. After a war that wiped out the alien, space-dwelling Fish, humans are struggling for control on the planet Hope. In particular, servants of the Church will do anything to rule in the name of God. Then the Fish reappear.... Amid the nonstop action, Feintuch skillfully pushes all the emotional buttons. Readers may feel like whacking Randy upside the head with a two-by-four, but they'll probably nod approvingly toward Nick Seafort. Fans of military SF will love the book, and Seafort addicts will be happy to know that there are plenty of loose ends to weave into Feintuch's next novel.
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I enjoyed Children of Hope so much that I also read the rest of the series, and I have just concluded my reread of Children of Hope—that's right, I read this book twice, and enjoyed it just as much as my first time reading through it. Children of Hope is one of the two books in the series that isn't told by Nick Seafort himself, the other being Voices of Hope. Instead, it's told from the perspective of the son of his good friend, Derek Carr. The son, Randy, is a very interesting character—he often causes some sort of chaos wherever he goes, and it's nice to read another story in the series that's not told from Nick Seafort's (often depressing) point of view.
Where does Children of Hope lie in the series? Well, I'd say that it's definitely not like Voices of Hope or Patriarch's Hope, its immediate predecessors. No, Children of Hope is more of a throwback to the first four books in the series, both in setting and the type of action you get. If you hated Voices or Patriarch, but loved the first four books, then you'll probably enjoy this one. The book also has a plot that keeps the action going. I think of it as a wave—there's some regularity, and then there's a big development that just gets you really excited. The whole book seems to be like this, up and down with the excitement. When everything's just starting to calm down around Randy and the others, something else big happens. It really makes the book a pleasurable experience and a great addition to the series. I never felt like I was bored.
If you haven't read the rest of the series, I'd say that this one is definitely one you can read alone. There's definitely some background stuff you'll miss out on, though. The reason I reread Children of Hope was because I wanted to read it with the wealth of background information I got from reading the first six books. It's definitely more fun since you know who the characters are and what they've been through. I absolutely recommend the book as well as the entire series.
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