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The story is set in an alternate present-day, where aliens arrived at the beginning of our century and invited us to become a protectorate in their consociation. Turns out Earth is the perfect location for what they call a Nor-i-nanq (basically a big stargate that ships can fly through).
The story begins on a fairly small scale, but escalates into some very large (and exciting) stakes. This is not to say the earlier parts of the book are un-interesting. I was gripped the whole way through.
For Us Humans is told from a fun first-person point of view. The protagonist, Caz, has a lot of attitude, and this really comes out in the narration.
Caz has a big character arc in this book. Several in fact. A chance encounter with his ex-fiance brings back a lot of memories and a few surprises. In addition to all that, we see that Caz is wrestling with a faith he used to have, but is now all but dead.
The books explores the idea of how Christianity would respond to the arrival of aliens. Many turn away. Caz has a big chip on his shoulder about this. He blames the aliens for the demise of his religion, but why is his alien partner so interested in learning more about Jesus?
The aliens themselves were nicely done. I love how the sense of smell is more important to them than the sense of sight, and this comes out in the way they talk.
I had a ball reading this book. This was my first Steve Rzasa book, but it won't be my last. I understand from an interview, that the author plans to write a follow-up story in this world. Personally, I'm thrilled to hear that.
“Forced” into working as teammates, the two discover idiosyncrasies about each other, which seems alien from either character’s viewpoint. As they hunt down the missing artwork, the two very different people establish a camaraderie with the other, until each one does his best to assist and help the other. At story’s end, they are friends.
Along the way, author Rzasa throws into the mix a few interesting glimpses of Terran/Ghiqasu, or, Ghiqasu/Terran misconceptions, which are entertaining, to say the least.
All in all, this is a semi-clean, Christian backgrounded, story—well, the human, an off-the-walk Christian, does indulge in the occasional sexist, escapism, typical of an out-of-control, single male. But nowhere near “X” rated. I’d rate this story as “Teen,” or older, material. Warning--some gutter language is present.
What I liked was the witty writing style, interesting vision of the world with aliens in it, and the evolution of the very flawed protagonist. Racism, what would happen to faith systems, especially Christianity should technologically superior aliens show up, and several other nuanced themes are explored. The sci-fi, such as tech, alien cultures, and details are top notch.
What I did not like is the pg 13 language. This is the main reason for 3 stars, and I'd rather go 2.5. For a Christian author, and a Christian publisher especially, there is a lot of profanity, vulgar and crass terminology, and adult situations. I don't think any of that was necessary to convey a flawed character in need of redemption. Also God and the Bible are somewhat flippantly referenced.
Minor quibbles are a few grammatical errors, Halo was never on the Playstation, not even in an alternate history of the author's own making, I've never seen a BMW referred to as a "Bimmer" only Beemer; I also believe the author indulged himself just a little too much, such as with the protagonist's choice of car, geeky references, praise of librarians (his day job) and other details I'm sure someone who knows him well would pick up on.
Overall, he's a talented author, it's a good novel with a great, creative story and I'm glad to have read it. I just wish it was cleaner language wise and more reverent like his first two novels.
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