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Most people with this pattern -- ‘Dissociative Identity Disorder’ -- develop a very large number of alters, often in a fluid pattern that changes with the needs of the situation. But I have met those with Jezlynn’s pattern of a fixed number of stable personalities.
Rhobin got the inner feel of multiple personalities right, so, to me, this is a fascinating study of how unbearable trauma can strengthen a person.
OK, OK, I know few readers are psychologists. The setting for Jezlynn is space opera. Humanity has expanded into the galaxy, and has evolved into distinct subspecies. One corrupt family dominates the United Planets Alliance, and the back story is, a son of this family is responsible for Jezlynn’s disgrace, experience of slavery, torture, despair. In this story, she rescues ex-crew members, and forges a long, clever and risky campaign of vengeance.
This of course gives plenty of scope for excitement, tension, and character development. In the end, she and her friends discover the truth: successful revenge is a poor victory.
I do have some negative reactions to this book. Some of the action and dialogue is hard to understand. The book could do with a good line edit. While science fiction has a right to imaginary technology (that’s what SF is, right?), that should be explained well enough for the reader to imagine its workings. Here it often is -- and sometimes isn’t.
All in all, however, I am happy to give the story 4 stars.