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- Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Original edition (March 25, 2009)
- Publication Date: October 6, 2009
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0020Q3FGI
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But Kiera is even more special – because her maker messed with her DNA, making her far more than her owners ordered.
And that comes in handy when her employers send her on a mission to save a dying people on a world set to be plundered by a ruthless corporation.
This is where Allred’s story gets a little – cheesy. The people on planet are pre-technology, stone-age sort of society. With stronger than normal, unusually handsome and ….insert all the clichéd romance book descriptions. It like she tried to please both the neanderthal fetish and the sci-fi / fantasy fetish. It's too much and makes the story crowded.
The hero and heroine fall in love so damn quick – it’s stupid. I get they have mind-melding or whatever, and they are magically destined to be together, but still. It detracted from the over-all story. Which is sad, because the plot was interested, the world-building intriguing, and the secondary characters, while a bit flat, had purpose.
To conclude, this book isn’t going to win any awards, but overall, it was a great “beach” read: entertaining, mindless, and fun. Fine summer reading.
I think this books straddles the line between good and great, but it doesn't belong exclusively in either category. Overall it tells a very entertaining story, but if I start picking at some loose ends, pieces of the plot will fall apart quickly. I've decided to treat this book like a roller-coaster ride, and I'm going to throw my hands up in the air and enjoy myself without worrying it to death. It's like sci-fi lite, with a nice romance and a dash of adventure thrown in.
I do hope that author Katherine Allred will place her heroines under more duress in the future. It's hard to feel sympathy for a perfect being who is never in any real danger, especially when she gains additional omnipotent power by the end. Don't get me wrong; I love powerful, confident heroines, but if their only weakness is a desire to be `normal,' then I argue that's not nearly enough depth of character. Thor was also fairly one-dimensional, but I was happy to learn that he wasn't just a piece of cheesecake, and there was also more to the Buri than going shirtless with spears.
The story did satisfy my yen for starships, alien cultures colliding, and romance. It was a nice blend, and I look forward to more stories from Ms. Allred. The second novel in the Alien Affairs series, Close Contact: An Alien Affairs Novel, Book 2, will be released in May 2010.
I really liked that the author neatly tied off all apparent discrepancies (like why the Buri seemd so primitive).
Even the villains were well-drawn - not at all over-the-top as too many are in this sort of story.
I'm definitely looking for more.
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