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- File Size : 842 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 520 pages
- Publisher : Baen Books; 1st Edition (January 9, 2014)
- Publication Date : January 9, 2014
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00ARPEJC8
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,115 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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IMO the most important part of this sub-genre, along with several other fantasy and sci-fi sub-genres, is the way the hero understands, or fails to understand, the 'enemy' culture. Which implies that the author has to have done a good job at inventing, and then at relaying to the reader, that same 'enemy' culture.
Because for this sub-genre the important 'coming of age' for the hero has to be where they begin to understand, and then use that understanding, the 'enemy' culture. And then they use that understanding to change the relationship between the two people. This book does that superbly, alternating between the two sides, with both sides coming to understand the other. A 'must read' for sci-fi-fi people interested in this particular sub-genre, and worth reading for any sci-fi-fi fan.
I do highly recommend this book to sci-fi / fantasy readers.
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For all that, the story is plausible and quite interesting, and the second half of the book makes up for the slow start - if you can get through that 50% or so.
A fair amount of thought and planning clearly went into defining the alien species, down to the naming convention for the clans, etc., and that is certainly interesting to see.
I would read this again.
Well worth the hardback cover price.
But it does do a great job of humans encountering a more powerful alien race, without giving away to much it is pretty much how you would really expect it to go without the syrupy hollywood ending.