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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 154428327X
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- Publication Date: March 31, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XHFKLN2
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This book takes place well before the events in Fate, but this is the time period LX talks about: the time spent aboard the brutal warship of the Ksarr people. As such, this is something of a dark read. There are parts that were emotionally difficult, and some parts that I admit had me saying, "Ew! Yuck!"
But a good book makes you feel and doesn't always promise those feelings will be nice. This is a good book. It made me think. Loved it.
The book was fun! It establishes a tone and a set of parameters that let you know some of the boundaries the series is going to play within - which seem to be: horror, science, romance, and full-on imagination. The novel weaves through all of these, and future stories in the series could emphasize any particular one, or any mix, at any time -- whenever there is a cool idea to present. This story had quite a few cool ideas: there’s a moment when plentiful mold spores and chemical run off (copper sulphate) offer oxygen to the lungs of drowning cadets -- if they are brave enough to fill their throats will both. I don’t personally know if alien fungus and copper sulphate produce oxygen, but I certainly trust the author enough to accept it as a cool idea, and to watch for what happens next. (another cool idea that I personally loved, was that navigators in this story are partnered with an AI that lives in the “heart” of their ship. The Hearts are removable flash drives that allow a person to configure any starship in the fleet with their personal preferences and personal AI, thus making any ship ready to use, and possibly use well. The ships are just hardware, and getting going in a ship can be as hard or as easy as a story needs it to be. I thought it was a very shrewd idea and I thrilled a little at hearing it. (Sulu and Scotty elements in an app.)).
Atcheson’s main character is named Zhendar. He is deep undercover on a ship full of torture-loving conquerors. The character is a navigator by trade, with hints of some unusual X-men /Jedi skills and talents. His job is to pose as a crew member on a ship for a year’s tour of duty and gather all the information on the conquerors he can (so using his special powers is not something he intends to do much of). He has to fit in, and not call too much attention to himself. His hosts are psychopaths. At least on the macro level, they are psychopaths. One on one, they turn out to be fairly approachable. Zhendar can get along with them - sort-of. They are off-shoots of his race, (Human? Human-ish?).
Zhendar moves from one complication to another - trouble with his assigned mentor/roommate, trouble when his mentor’s girlfriend starts to like him, trouble when his work crew tries to throw him in an industrial garbage disposal/meat processor, and trouble when he tries to protect a race of beings currently in the cross hairs of the conquerors.
The story offers a lot of relationship chess and a lot of dangerous physical attractions, and it is with this mix of guy/girl/alien escapades that the series may win its readers. It’s fun. It’s lively. The series could be ambitious at any time, but even when it’s not, it would still be guilty-pleasure sci-fi. So if you have room for a new series, go ahead, grab some chocolates, grab a bottle of wine, and have some fun finding out which card Atcheson plays next.
- Rik Ty
Young navigator Zhendar, who will later become Lutnalind and use the name LX, is assigned to an undercover mission to infiltrate and study the vicious cannibalistic Ksarrichis. They are preparing to devastate yet another planet and its inhabitants, the Daxons, to steal the resources needed on their depleted planet Ksarr.
While Xhartan navigators are strictly forbidden to interfere and are admonished to only observe and report back (and try to remain alive!), Zhendar must constantly fight his own conscience not to save the victims of the maniacal Ksarrichis. A young Dax woman will grab hold of his heart strings, though, and not let go. That’s when Zhendar decides to part with his navigator training, and use his healing gifts and calling of the elements to try to save the Daxons from utter annihilation.
G. G. Atcheson’s ability to step outside the box and transport her readers into her vividly descriptive scenes is profound.
This book contains many scenes of violence and sex, though it does draw thought-provoking parallels to our own “human” view of the cosmos, the possibility of alien societies and that we might treat them as far less than human. Something you may “not” want to consider when on some lonely starry night you find yourself being teleported to the mothership to be probed by gnarly gray ant creatures.