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Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffrey
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Jul 22, 11

bookshelves: sci-fi
Read in July, 2011

This book generally felt like an earlier work from McCaffrey. I would have given it more of a 2 ½ star rating if Goodreads would allow—somewhere between okay and likeable.

I did appreciate the entire concept of the Crystal Singers. The planet, the profession, the resulting sub-culture... It was beautifully depicted. And the author got to flex her extensive personal knowledge of the musical arts, which gave the whole thing a more cohesive and authentic feel.

But to me the main character, Killa, was difficult to empathize with. Self-entitled and dramatically bitter, I had some trouble caring about her enough to track with her motivations. The story arc also perplexed me a bit. The tension was fairly low throughout, and I couldn't identify an obvious climax. It was almost more like reading a futuristic biography with lots of nifty scenery. Interesting, but not exactly a page-turner.
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