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Starquest Paperback – August 29, 2008
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This is the first book in the Destiny Trilogy - although it features some of the characters who also appear in the next two books, each story is a 'stand alone' and complete in itself.
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In some ways this book reminded me of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series which I love. I would heartily recommend this book. I already have the next one in the series, Children of the Mist, on my reader and can't wait to read it.
This book is AWEFUL. It starts out okay. Written in third person. Then suddenly shifts to the journal of the main character. The journel is written badly and often shifts from present tense to past tense for no apparent reason. Puncuation is awful too and I found it distracting, most notably the quotation marks. And I am not saying I am the guru of grammar and punctuation, but that is what an editor is for. However, that is only half the problem. I was not expecting brain surgery, but I was expecting to feel for the character. Simply put, I did not. I was expecting to feel what she felt for those around her, I did not. The only time I felt anything was when she was tortured and part of me wished she died there, but of course, since this is being written about in her journel, no bets there. I wish I could describe how I felt as I plowed through this horrendous peice of... I can not call it literature. It was just bad. I went on, assured by some reviews that the surprise ending was so good. It was HORRIBLE. Instead of happy with the ending I was more like, "What the hell?" and "I don't get it!" If you really, really have to read it, try to find it for free. Sorry to those who loved it, but this is how I see it and wanted to give fair warning.
It involves the adventures of Jess Darnell, missionary, who seeks to help the populace of one world when her spaceship explodes. She's rescued by the crew aboard the Destiny where she meets and falls in love with Kerry, a man rather difficult to perceive if his heart can be thawed. Yet, when they land on a planet and confront an enemy, after being hit by blaster fire, and Jess dies in his arms, well, you know the depth of his love.
From then on, the story changes from third person narrative to first person, but you understand this because the entry plainly says, "Extracts From a Journal: I have decided to keep a record of everything I remember and everything that happens to me from now on."
If someone is writing a journal, naturally they do so in the "I", first person tense.
So the reader "gets it" that something has changed and we're watching from a different perspective. When we learn this is actually Jess writing in her journal, we think, "Wait a minute. Didn't she die? How could -- hmm, but this is in the future. What if -- ?" And, intrigued, you continue on to find out how could Jess die in Kerry's arms, yet she's also writing a journal????
And Jess can't remember what happens to her, except that "to save me, they did something horrible".
Oh, yeah? What was the "horrible" part?????
Slowly, ever so slowly, as Jess's memories gradually return, you travel the universe with her and her new companion, Dahll. Though I thoroughly loved the episode in the medieval-type castle, I really enjoyed the danger and almost rigor-mortis tension that happened on the planet with the carnivorous plants! *gulp*
If you're a "Star Wars" or "Star Trek" fan, like I am, you won't be disappointed by this beautiful, exciting tale. You'll love the ending as much as I did, and this will be one of those rare love stories that'll live forever inside your soul.
Unknown to the crew who depart without her, she is taken to a healing center and kept alive. Desperate to find the man she loves once she's well again, and puzzled as to why he'd leave without her, she hires another pilot and craft so she can search for him. Thus begin many adventures where Jess and her new partner draw closer together until Jess realizes which man it is that she truly loves.
The story has some unexpected twists and turns and a satisfying conclusion. If you're a fan of futuristic romance, you might like this story that's told in a unique journal format.