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Humanity has been exploring the galaxy in relative piece for hundreds of years. Their only problems have been the usual poor choices of the human race which has led them to make yet another poor choice which leaves them defenceless to the new threath although most of the humans do not yet know about the nightmare that is coming their way. This book is about the few people who are about to, firsthand, experience that nightmare.
The book starts of a wee bit slow but it is quite well written and, although it is perhaps advancing at a somewhat leisurly pace it was still catching my interrest during the entire journey.
Nedless to say the humans concerned are in a for quite a surprise. The aliens are worse than their worst nightmares and, even worse, they soon learn that the very survival of the human race might actually rest in their hands. Not that it matters right now since survival is on position one, two, three etc. on their pritority list. Luckily, well they are the heroes after all, their survival is intimately tied into whether or not the human race will be exterminated or not.
The aliens are an interresting bunch. The book is nicely balanced between the human struggle and the aliens trying to fullfill their desires of following the “Grand Path”. The aliens are hugely adept at killing, by brute force, due to their millenia long selective breeding of warriors. Yet they may have forgotten that strengh alone is not sufficient. It soon turns out that they are children in some aspects of tactical thinking as well as in other matters. Matters where the humans excel.
The wast majority of the book centers around the survival of the human party that was captured. During the course of events a number of characters, of course, takes on the leadership (hero) role. There are a number of characters that are behaving like the usual political [censored] that they are as well of course. I am happy to write that the latter set of despicable people are really put aside reasonably quickly and do not really play a major role in the book.
In short this is a book about ascending heroes and humans first encounter with (nasty) aliens. It is very much a, quite long, stage setter for things to come and there are indeed a lot of promise as far as “things to come” goes. I am going to cheat a bit here and reveal that I have already read book two in the series and the next one is at least as good.
I look forward to the second book but wonder just how the rest of the human race will fare against the Krall if the effect of the gene-war is as complete as was implied. I think in general that it can't be for any number of reasons and expect that we will see a large change in human space soon.
In general I'm quite curious about the 2nd planet that was observed in the Kobani system. It was behind the star when the Fancies arrived, was it visible to the other new arrivals? You implied it could be class M, I would think it could be reachable if they fix some of their ships. You mentioned the need for a control group that could interbreed with the Kobani what better way to separate them then putting them on a 2nd planet.
I am a bit surprised that no other civilizations (while not being aggressive) were technologically advanced and defensive enough that the Krall wouldn't find them almost impossible to conquer.
Can't wait for the next book (I fell I picked this up at a good time since your discussion says it should be out before valentines day.
Bennett is an outstanding writer. I usually ask Amazon for a refund when I run into crude language in a book. For all of this series I stayed, and enjoyed the physics education and intriguing ingenuity of the main characters of all the species in defeating the bad guys.
Skip the series if you object to language (less than R-rated) and immorality (fornication is not immorality and marriage is simply a contracted relationship), yet there are strong family relationships. This is fiction and, after all, how can we have good galactic science fiction without believing there are millions of planets with oxygen, water, forests, and life? So, I include the religious, moral, and ethics of the stories as part of the fiction.
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Way too much tell, not show.
I might finish reading it someday, if I don't delete it first.
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