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“Lander” is the second book of what is now the Oberon Cycle. I was a little piqued that the ending of the first book, Skythane, was a little awkward, like the decision to make it into a series was an after-thought. But this story recovers nicely from that little faux-pax, fleshing out the newly introduced characters and introducing the plot threads that will carry the story through the next and last volume of the trilogy.
This is a rather different kind of story than the first book. While I described “Skythane” as essentially one long chase scene, “Lander” has a more layered kind of plot, as the main characters split up to pursue various objectives. We get to know the characters in greater depth, and they're all painted as multi-dimensional characters, with good points and bad. In fact, there's a lot more tension between the protagonists in this book, which adds to the drama and the depth of the characters.
The ending of this volume is a lot more satisfactory. It wraps up the story arc of of this book nicely, while setting up all the pieces that will surely play a big role in the next and final book of the series. The compelling characters as well as the solid groundwork laid for it means you'll probably be anxiously awaiting the third and final installment.
Good stuff. Kept me reading.
After the physical coming together of the half-worlds, Titania and Oberon, (in Skythane, book one), there are adjustments to the weather systems, causing widespread disruption. The joining also brings the Skythane and Lander people into further conflict, with Landers intent on eradicating the Skythanes. Heading up the Lander assault is OberCorp. Leading the Skythanes are Xander and Jameson, whose relationship was established in book one. However, was the chemical, pith, responsible for their romance or not? This detail, has them wondering what is real between them, causing strain. Regardless of their personal situation, they must soldier on to save their people.
Characters who had minor roles in book one have considerably larger ones in Lander. Events surrounding Xander and Jameson remain the main arc, but the script splits more between the others. In one way, following each group of characters made reading intricate. In another, it was nice as it gave the worlds a broader perspective. But, it also took airtime away from Xander and Jameson, who I became vested in while reading book one. As such, my interest significantly increased, during their scenes. The boys are lovely together. While I advocate story over sex in a novel, as with book one, I still felt cheated of a sex scene. Thus far, over both books, the intimacy has been fade out.
Since kissing in the house of moon, memories from somewhere have been flitting through the boys’ minds. It affects Jameson more than Xander. This aspect added another dimension to the story, which I liked. The plot is further thickened by the addition of Alix and Jessa - the boys’ exes, OberCorp wanting world domination, other romantic couplings, and the carrot linking book two to book three. There’s also the odd, weird action, like someone who decided to nibble on some bread and cheese while being rescued from under a felled tree in a superstorm. That type of detail, much like the previous sentence, seeming out of place and brought me up short.
Overall there is lovely imagery, and the technical aspects are good. There is a glossary of terms and people at the end of the novel, which may be better being brought to the front or read first. It is a significant advantage to read/re-read Skythane before tackling Lander. Ultimately, this is turning into a series that I would think is best suited to totally immersing oneself in with only breaks for food and pit stops. Anything else would require some recapping. The reason I say that is because it is almost twelve months since I read Skythane and it took me a while to get back into the characters. Concurrent reading would also work.
If you are looking for a science fiction book that gives you a 360 view of a system to lose yourself in, one that has some delightfully likeable characters, and a good dose of evil too, then this book/series, could be right up your street.
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