- File Size: 784 KB
- Print Length: 252 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (November 12, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 12, 2012
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0092MTI9Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,577,197 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stellarnet Prince (The Stellarnet Series) Kindle Edition
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I can really visualize how this could be our society in 60-100 years.
I love the blogger jargon. It makes it real and immediate
Genny's love for the two Glin, Duin and Belloc is inspirational in its clarity. This is no angst-filled love triangle as we usually see such things written. There is no jealousy or having to choose between them. Instead, according to Glin customs, since they see no reason why one person can't love more than one other, we have a three way marriage, a sharing that makes our jealousies and narrow view of love look backward. I loved all three of the main characters, each strongly drawn and complex. Hax, head of technology at Asteria and J'ni's (Genny's) grandmother's sim are two other delightful characters.
Stellarnet Prince is world-building at its best. We have humans (US citizens to be precise) on the planet Glin, a watery world where the hunter-gatherer inhabitants have green, blue or speckled brown skin, webbed hands, eat raw fish and value equality to such a degree that they abhor anyone taking ownership of possessions (including land) or keeping knowledge to themselves. They are also polygamous and have a stronger sense of familiar relationships than Western culture. The Tikat also feature in this story, a race of intelligent, cricket-like creatures from another planet. This species has a hive based culture completely different to both humans and Glin. It's clear from this story, that although a culture like the Glin may not have technology, ownership and rulers, they have wisdom that could teach humans a lot. Some humans respect that, many don't; some humans treat Glin as equals, other don't; and Hilton makes it clear that there are wise and foolish individuals in all races. Trouble happens when the foolish have power. Glin has a precious resource that the US wants and that brings politics into the mix with along with its cover-ups and corruption.
Politics ensnare our heroic trio and complicate the story. Will these bloggers, dedicated to bringing truth to the universe via the Stellernet, risk exposing a truth that could have disastrous consequences for them all? This is the kind of decision that has caused the moral downfall of many a politician, and wondering how our three-who-are-one deal with this challenge kept me reading voraciously until the end.
This is quite simply an excellent book. I highly recommend it.
I received this free from teh publisher in return for an honest review.
I love the prologue. It's an alien version of a Greek myth origin story, and ties the books together powerfully. There's more to Belloc's and Duin's relationship than just Genny O'Riordan. Stellarnet Prince is really Belloc's story, and that perhaps isn't emphasised as much as I'd like throughout the book. There's so much fascinating stuff going on--government conspiracies, alien intrigue, family tensions--that his "once and future king" story arc does get a little lost at times. But you'll be too busy enjoying the fun characters and the sheer depth of Ms. Hilton's impressive future vision.
Surveillance, privacy, fame, empire building, sexual freedom, racial (in)tolerance, forgiveness: I had a blast exploring these and much more in Stellarnet Prince. But at the centre of it all is a sweet, quietly inspiring love story between a human woman and two alien men, who also happen to be the most loved/hated family unit in the galaxy.
Looking forward to book three.
Side note: This book made travelling so much more pleasant... I read it in the airport, on the plane, waiting for my shuttle, at a restaurant and finished it off in my hotel room.