I've waited several days hoping this review would get easier to write but it hasn't... A lot of what didn't quite work for me most likely has to do wi...moreI've waited several days hoping this review would get easier to write but it hasn't... A lot of what didn't quite work for me most likely has to do with forces outside THIS book. For example, it took me a while to read this, but at the same time I wasn't reading as much a usual. Also, the only other book I've read by the author is Games of Command. This book is shorter but took me a day longer to finish...
As to the actual book itself, the story was very enjoyable. The plot-line was very point-A to point-B in which each portion of the book was actively taking the reader toward the conclusion (in this case it's going from prison planet to jukor-breeding space-port). This lends a bit of a "bare-bones" feeling to the writing.
The characters definitely had their place. Again, each person introduced for more than a page serves a purpose to the plot development and no two characters are the carbon copy of another.
Sully was a bit frustrating at times due to his tight-lipped-ness, but at the same time, the reader can completely understand why he is as he is. Both he and Ren (his blind alien friend) put up with so much and there are times where you question which has it worse: Ren, who is judged and feared before even a word is said, but who can then take the effort to move past prejudices; or Sully, who is liked instantly once met, but who can't be close to anyone for fear they will learn his secrets and revile him...
As for Chaz (the point from whom the story is told), she is one tough cookie and when Sully and her are together you just want to go "Awwww...". She puts such an enormous amount of faith in him, especially due to Sully's half-truth's and his need for NO personal questions. Even when frustrated with her on an emotional level, the reader can't help but to find sympathy on a more intellectual one. After all, this is a woman who has learned one thing all of her life and within a month or two everything turns out to be a lie.
So, while I couldn't bring myself to give the book more than three stars, that in no way means this is a bad (or even so-so) book. My major personal "problem" was in how long it took to read, for this author doesn't write easy books. She develop's a rich and detailed universe in which she doesn't dumb the book down by giving everything a modern-day Earth equivalent or by explaining how each and everything works. Instead, the author writes a broad appeal book suitable for almost anyone who likes SF books.
So you should definitely give this book, or even at least this author, a chance. (less)
This series employs the seldom seen literary tactic of telling the same over-arcing story through the eyes of different characters. The author does th...moreThis series employs the seldom seen literary tactic of telling the same over-arcing story through the eyes of different characters. The author does this very well, blending what has already bee learned with new details so as to gain a clearer picture. It's very interesting to read the same scene as was in the previous book, but through different eyes and different thoughts on the same events. Will definitely be reading the rest of the series.(less)