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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.
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'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.
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.
It is quirky. It's about math, aliens, politics, autism, and relationships. And squirrels. I laughed and I worried about the characters. I hated some of them, loved others. I kept setting the book down so I wouldn't finish too fast. Because I wanted this experience to last.
And then it stopped. It didn't end. It just stopped. A book gets thinner towards the end, but iPads don't. I turned the page, thinking here would be more but there wasn't. Like a great party where everyone weirdly picks up their stuff and goes home for no reason and you are standing there wondering what happened.
I don't know if I recommend this book or not. Like I said, I loved it. But I do dislike this trend of just randomly stopping a story, without a rational end point. Three paragraphs might have fixed this and left me begging people to buy it. Or maybe you adore this kind of story. It's been two days and I am still disappointed.
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