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- Print Length: 346 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149920406X
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- Publication Date: April 23, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JW70C32
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The inhabitants of Guan-Yu are pawns in an interstellar chess game. An alien race called the Aireni, set themselves up as “angels” over an agrarian human colony. Using the natives as breeding stock, the angels developed super-soldiers, calling them royals and setting them at the highest tier of the Aireni-imposed caste system. The royals are the Aireni’s weapon against the Great Evil, a mysterious entity that consumed the Aireni home world.
The League of Human Nations finds out about the Aireni super-soldiers. A rogue war hero, realizing the potential danger to his race, commandeers a ship and destroys Guan-Yu in a suicide mission. But the crafty Aireni have a contingency plan. They send out three groups of refugees from Guan-Yu to make a home in the wild and preserve the bloodline until the “angels” return. Together they will defeat the Great Evil.
In my opinion, what Katson does best is point of view. She buries her reader deep in the head of her characters, creating intense, emotionally developed narrators for her tale. Anchoring the action to the points of view of three different Guan-Yu refugees and one of the attackers, she hops from character to character, telling the same story multiple ways. Yeah, that’s right, she has four main characters—and she totally pulls it off.
A caution (and a whole paragraph of mixed metaphors): Crucible is a slow-burn. Katson doesn’t rush her story; this is a marathon, not a 5K. We’re not making beer here, people, we’re making brandy, and good brandy needs to be aged. While this book is a complete novel, Katson clearly intends to play out the larger story over the entire trilogy, so you will want to read these books in order.
And, when Book 2 is available, I shall.
Read Crucible. Highly recommended.
This book is well written and edited. The beginning is all about setting the scene and emerging the reader in the story via action versus dialogue. So be patient at the beginning and allow the story to unfold, you'll be glad you did. This book is 348 pages of delightful storytelling. Definitely for adults and perhaps that older teen (18 or 19 yo) because of profanity and the loss of life at the beginning. I can't wait for the next book! I want to know what happens! :) Moria Katson pulls off another winner!
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