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The central character, Estlin Hume, is a plausible, 21st century, and highly reluctant, Dr. Doolittle. The opening scene, with the squirrels, is enough to propel me into the novel. Hume becomes embroiled in a first-contact, political thriller – that never loses its sense of humor. It is one of the reasons the book is so fun to read.
Reasons 2: Aliens. Creatures from another planet that are really, truly alien. They don’t look like us, communicate like us, or think like us. They are so fascinating and imaginative, you can read the book for them alone.
But you wouldn’t. Clair’s fictionalized science is deep but approachable, spanning physics, biology and psychology. Her mechanisms for interstellar travel and seemingly telepathic communication are particularly delightful.
The book has perhaps too many characters, but that’s me wanting to spend all my time with Hume and the aliens. Which I hope to do in the next book, which I’m thinking reviews like this one will help move along.
I really enjoyed this book! The characters are rich and diverse. Estlin and Harry are great, Beth and Bomani made me cry. The story is fast paced and engaging and again, completely unexpected.
Great book for fans of first contact scifi, but also fans of thrillers and mysteries. And so well-executed that I give it a solid 5 stars.
I'll just break this book down in snippets
Near Earth event takes place fascinating the scientific and military agencies around the world.
Localized event occurs in New Zealand (NZ)
Aliens (the Wae) which are very animal-like in appearance arrive in NZ
The E.T.s can camouflage their appearance to humans as exotic animals
Scientists are brought from around the world to study
Our main character of the story Estlin Hume is drafted from his hideout in Canada to assist since he has a Dr. Doolittle-like skillset
Hume's animal attraction carries out from start to finish and does provide some humor
Hume becomes the translator, maybe more like spiritual interpreter with the Wae
Various military and government agencies make efforts to take control or steal the E.T.s for themselves
Alien's agenda is mostly revealed, not entirely peace loving at a high-level view
Hume our animal specialist become a chess piece with all the competing groups
The story does wrap-up rather quickly leaving a bit to our imagination for the long-term of Earth's dealings with the Wae, but it does not end in a cliff hanger which begs for Book 2. This is a complete storyline.
I enjoyed this novel and all the various international characters that cross paths with Hume and the ETs. I rate it a 7/10 on my personal scale.
What I found difficult about the book was that it seemed to have too many characters. I found it difficult to distinguish between them. Some of the characters and their story arcs seemed to go no where and made the book confusing. I grew impatient when the action would be interrupted by yet another new set of characters and problems. Finally, I wished the author had spent more time describing or having Lindey interact with the aliens. I wanted to know more about them and where they were from.
I didn't mind the cliff hanger, because it set up what appears to be a whole new adventure.
And I love what she does with the squirrels. As an author myself, I really appreciate the way the humor of Estlin's problem is woven into the story.
The story elements do get a little disjointed in places, where the the flow could be better. I think the writer more than makes up for that with the characters and the imaginative nature of the story. I look forward to reading her other stories.
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