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"Prophecy" starts off with a devastating alien invasion by 10-foot tall, green-skinned Anferthians that is minimally detailed. Alexandra Bock, age 22, wakes to discover herself in a prison cell aboard an alien vessel. She is one of the fortunate ones to have her younger brother Nick, age 18, with her. Incarcerated with the humans are Matirans, who are blue-skinned but biologically identical otherwise. Turns out the Matirans have been protectors of Earth for eons and the long forgotten source of Greek myths and other Western civilization cultural norms. Alex and Matiran Senior Captain Gryf quickly develop an extraordinary attraction.
Almost immediately I was struck by the lack of emotion from the survivors about the devastation of their planet. I expected loss and bewilderment. Maybe catatonia. Instead, Alex spurts first with anger. The grieving is paid lip service and I never really felt this emotion from Alex or her brother. Some side characters have sad stories, but the reader is never emotionally vested with them.
To be sure, cell mates Alex, Gryf, Nick, Graig, Dante, Zola, Juan, Dennis, and Simone (uh, did I forget anyone?), are caught up in the immediacy of their desperate situation. Kirk is very strong with the interpersonal relationships for her characters. Alex becomes friends of a sort with every single person in the cell with her.
Unfortunately, this strength did not translate equally to the action adventure portion of the story. Most violence, and therefore most of the battles for supremacy on the prison ship and later on the planet, take place off-page. There is a dramatic swell....and then the chapter ends and we find out what happens (or not) in a memory or verbal explanation by one of the characters. This happens REPEATEDLY. As a literary device it was disconcerting and disappointing. Hence, my kinder, gentler tag at the beginning. Besides the Matirans being honorable and supportive and wonderful at all times, major action scenes were just absent.
The plotting and pacing suffered from jumping over scenes. While we get copious particulars about the courtship of Alex and Gryf, details about the rebel operation are thin to the point they negated the plot. At one point I was totally lost as to the reason behind the survivor camp relocating.
Finally, I have to say something about restraint. This book would have been better with a little. There were too many characters, too many psychic powers, too many secondary love stories, too many pitiful kids, and on and on. That statement sounds more harsh than I intend because, really, the additions were all somewhat interesting and many were quite original. They were just too fast and furious with minimal impact on plot and characterization.
This book shines as it develops the romance between Alex and Gryf. It felt organic although in reality it progressed quickly for a human/alien pairing. There is a cultural norm that forces Gryf into a beta role, and that adds dimension to the courtship. Alex becomes a leader and a heroine as the novel progresses, and she is aided every step of the way by Gryf and the other Matirans. The main romance was remarkably absent of immature push-pull aspects given the relatively young age of Alex. In fact, she is an amazing, mature, admirable character. Not only are Alex and Gryf prophesied to save two worlds, but they save this book.
I love aliens. There aren't many books out there that stray from the cliche; this does.
Waking up with the few "Terrians" (Earthlings) along side of a race of aliens that is kidnapped by (other alien) traitors is scary enough for Alexandra. Then to find out the alien she is attracted to (and vice versa) is her soul mate - literally - and they are the prophecy set to heal the rift between two worlds is quite overwhelming. Once they finally get out of being held captive, they have additional problems to worry about - 7+ billion earthlings are dead and there's between two races (real races, not just skin color like on Earth). Thing is, the Matirans are a matriarchal culture and women make the first move (YES!) and Alexandra is scared. Coming from a cultures of overly aggressive alpha males and women who are too afraid to try to change things, Alex isn't sure she can claim Gryf as her mate, let alone accept responsibility for change on two worlds. Why, Alex, do you tell this race of submissive men to be more aggressive (this happens in regards to other characters)?"Terrian (Earth) women like a man who knows what he wants and goes after it". Not all of us like dominant men. You meet a race of men strong enough to have women make the first move, and want to change that?! I'd LOVE to meet a man who's actually not scared by an assertive woman! I'm so sick of our alpha male society, I was really liking this story until the women started turning the men more aggressive. Stop ruining it for the rest of the Earth women - You're turning an entire race! It already starts happening with Graig, who honestly, is kind of a dick to begin with. Yes, this kind of thing annoys me and along with the idea that "Terrian women eventually want to procreate"(not all of us thank you!) are the reasons the book went from 5 to 4 B/c I hate social programming/indoctrination.
Alex, however does well with taking charge of her self, her camp, and becoming a natural leader. She isn't afraid to fight, to learn, and to lead others even if she was reluctant at first. It just goes to show that women CAN lead and take charge, and that those actions are natural, and shouldn't be suppressed. I really enjoyed that Gryf wasn't threatened by this, and in fact encouraged her to step out of her comfort zone and be even better than she was.
I really liked her transition from scared captive, to healer, to leader/ambassador. Good character development in those areas.
The pacing is a little slow in parts, but otherwise A good sci-fi/alien read.
I love the action and adventure in this story. The sex scenes were enough to make you feel the connection between Alex and Gryf without making the whole story depend just on that. I loved how the other supporting characters were so 3 dimensional. It makes you look forward to more in this series and t
o see who is the next to have their story told. I would recommend this book to any lover of Sci fi romance or even if this is not your normal genre. Is definitely worth looking into.
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