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(Foreigner #19)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,031 ratings  ·  129 reviews
The nineteenth book in C.J. Cherryh's beloved Foreigner space opera series begins a new era for diplomat Bren Cameron, as he navigates the tenuous peace he has struck between human refugees and the alien atevi.

Alpha Station, orbiting the world of the atevi, has taken aboard five thousand human refugees from a destroyed station in a distant sector of space. With supplies an
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by DAW
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Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We're back in the politics, or rather, we never left. That's not a bad thing in this series because the Atevi and the humans are just ripe with the social craziness. To think we (as in Atevi and Humans) are held up as a standard of getting along and making rational decisions and compromises is just too funny.

What I think is best about this book, in particular, is how Cajeiri and his mother finally bond in a trial-by-fire way. It really picks up big time from the previous novel's events, but more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2018, scifi, stars-4-0
Book 19

The narration picks up immediately from the end of the previous book, throwing us deep in the politics of Mospheira through Bren, and Atevi through Cajeiri. The paidhi is busy sorting out the details relating to the arrival of the alpha station refugees, finding proper teachers for their children, and what not - all to ensure the smooth interim and make a success of this project. On the mainland, Cajeiri is dealing with his own set of problems while staying with his great-uncle, namely re
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Bren continues to lay the groundwork for the arrival of the Reunioners, but more specifically, Cajeiri's three associates, Irene, Gene and Artur, to Mospheira. Ben continues to pull in and rely on the Mospheiran contacts he made in book 4 to ensure a safe and stable environment for the three future paidhi. Meanwhile, Cajeiri and Uncle Tatiseigi deal with the presence of Nomari, of Ajuri, and with the result of Geidaro's visit. Damiri arrives, and the outstanding questions of what her ...more
This one was like the last one, and kinda just filler. But CJC's brand of filler is chock full of interesting characters and intrigue.
The story is split between Bren's setting up house for the Reunioners on Mospheira. In particular, Cajiri's friends.
And the other part is Cajeiri's visit to his great uncle. I really liked the way Cajeiri's mother's character got a lot more attention in this one!

Looking forward to the next book ; )
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I cannot wait!!!!!! I have been addicted to this series for years.
Lisa Feld
This was not my favorite book in the series, as a significant portion is spent retreading old ground, both literally (it takes until page 29 of a 320-page book to move from pure summary of past events to any hint of present conflict or action, and that's not remotely the end of the summary we get in this book) and thematically (the conflict we do get is almost identical to the previous book, Convergence: Bren continues to hire staff for the incoming refugees, while Cajeiri helps his great-uncle, ...more
Dennis Hearon
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scif-fi
Sort of like a middling episode of a long running sci-fi TV show that you have come to enjoy and love. Not a lot of action, but a chance to revisit some characters as they continue to evolve during this consistently rewarding and satisfying series. After the last installment, a bit of a disappointment in that it seems to be just another "place holder". Certainly not a book for newcomers to the series. Hopefully, having resolved a number of issues which have served as "backstory" to the last seve ...more
Jamie Collins
This is better than the previous book. There’s a little bit of action, even though it happens at a distance: a stampede, and another bus attack! But as usual this is mostly talking, and much tea is drunk and many little cakes are consumed.

This alternates between Cajeiri, visiting his uncle at Tirnamardi as a junior participant in some political maneuvering between the clans; and Bren in Mospheira, preparing for the controversial arrival of the children from the space station.

There is the usual a
I'm getting very frustrated with the pacing of this series lately, since not much happens here. Despite the massive possibilities for conflict and drama in Bren's work in Mospheira, it's mostly been a tea party for him. Until the end of this novel, the worst thing he has to face is a hostile discussion with the linguistics department he no longer works for or has to listen to. Just judging from current events in most parts of the world right now, the Heritage Party should be giving him, the kids ...more
Jerome Comeau
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Foreigner series is two of my favourite things in one: regency-style drawing room political drama, and aliens. If you read Anne Leckie's Ancillary series and thought "that's the right amount of tea but the spaceship battles seem a bit much", then you'd do worse than reading this series, and especially this latest entry. Cherryh breathes life and humour and intrigue into her characters old and new, and I am glad to say that this is a great example of what's best about this series. I wholehear ...more
Laz the Sailor
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
The previous few books have been somewhat repetitive (but still excellent!), but this one is refreshingly unique. Tabini and Ilsidi are completely absent from this story, and most of it focuses on Cajeiri's maturation. The perspective is very tight, so come of the action happens out of sight, but is reported in detail. We learn more about how a regional lord runs his manor, and how a region in distress finds stability. This is a coming of age story for more than just the young gentleman.

Bren's p
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, audio, space_opera

I enjoyed this one quite a lot. It felt very much like the beginning of a new era for the entire series, not just a sub-trilogy. I'm expecting to see a lot of social upheaval and changes in this world coming more quickly now. We'll see if I'm correct.

19 books in a row and now I don't want to leave the world. I'm looking forward to the next.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Foreigner series fans
Shelves: science-fiction
C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner series is one of my all-time favorite science fiction series so I pre-ordered the 19th book in series months ago with great anticipation. I'm not sure it lived up to my expectations though.

Don't get me wrong, it's Cherryh, and it's a good read. Bren is on Mospheira with his security detail, making arrangements for Artur, Gene and Irene, Cajeiri's human associates, to arrive from the space station and take up residence on the island with the planet's human population. Th
Elizabeth Wallace
May 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I got through five chapters and then skimmed my way to the end. I love these characters and the story has such promise, but the constant attempts to give exposition on the previous 18 books just wears me out.

There's very little action in this story, but I understand that not every book is about gun battles and assassinations. (It's frustrating, though, that twice in this book we don't actually see the action happen, we hear about it from others, which takes away a lot of the intensity the scene
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, scifi
Another awesome installment in the world I’ve come to love!
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My heart feels such satisfaction

I have read and reread the entire Foreigner series whenever CJ has released a new book, and so I can say without a doubt, as much as I have loved each and every entry into this universe, 'Emergence' is my favorite by a wide margin.

For one, this is the first of the series I have read where, if for some reason CJ did not write another book, I would be ok with it. Sure, I'd miss new adventures in the lives of characters I love more than salad, but I would at least f
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I enjoyed this book as it adds to the saga of Brendan Cameron. However, I must say that not that much actually HAPPENS. There is so much ruminating in the minds of the 2 main characters. It's a bit maddening. It has been this way from the beginning of this series. I think that it is a device the author uses to help us understand all of the political ramifications going on with the Atevi, but I still find it irritating and, I think in this particular book, overused. Not only does each character w ...more
Gregg Wingo
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, Wow! When I picked up Foreigner in the 90s I didn't realize I was starting on a three-decade journey of SF adventure. Or that one of my favorite science fiction and female writers was going to double the length of her career with one storyline. "Emergence" is the nineteenth book plus two shorter prequels in the series. The Foreigner (or in Cherryh's personal styling First Contact) series covers the story of a lost human colony ship and its encounter with the atevi species. The main st ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Decidedly a transitional book in the series, and again there's a sense that the series is on its way to an end as loose ends are tied up- closure for the Ajuri plot line, Cajeiri's young human associates provided for on-world, a reasonable successor for Tatiseigi and old feuds in the region settling at last.

Cajeiri grows more into his official role as his father's heir, separated from Bren and his father and Ilisidi for the whole course of the book and forced to stand more on his own and comes t
Wendy S. Delmater
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are no bombshells in the 19th novel in the Foreigner series, but Emergence provides steady progress on long arc items currently in motion. POV switches back and forth between Cajeiri on the Atevi mainland and Bren and his Atevi bodyguards on human Mosepheira island. Bren is doing advance work toward getting the first of the Reunioners from the space station--Cajeiri's human friends and their families--settled safely on the human island. Cajeiri is visiting his elderly uncle, Tateseigi, the ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I hate, hate politics, but I love this series, which is much about a political situation on a make believe world. Have followed this series since the first book, and that is where you need to start to really appreciate it. If you like the Liaden Universe and David Weber books and Oscar Card's work then you should like this.

It is enjoyable to watch the characters grow and somehow the world becomes real and, oh, you do want to find out what happens next. I wish long life and prosper to my favorite
Nicole Luiken
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Wow, this series is up to twenty books now, and still going strong. Human-ship-atevi politics galore. Bren and Cajeiri had separate plotlines this time. Surprisingly, Ilisidi was off-screen, which allowed Cajeiri to interact more with his mother.

Quibble: I kinda miss Cajeiri's earlier impulsiveness. Sometimes Cherryh's bodyguard-heavy society means the main characters can be a little handcuffed when the action is occurring.
Krista D.
Soooooooooooooo good. I love this series.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable series, one of the few where I can never guess what is going to happen. While Bren manages the details need to get the reunioner trio settled on the human island, Atevi politics continue to unfold in the Padi Valley with positive results for those that Bren holds in esteem.
Molly Mcginn
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading and rereading the Foreigner series from the first volume, and so I was even more astonished that not only did Emergence make me laugh a number of times, but at one point in the middle I actually jumped in shock. It takes a master to actually surprise long time fans with a plot twist, and that's what she is. I also think that I would have loved it just as much if I were jumping into the series right here. Reading them all gives a richer experience, that's all. I always think abo ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
I will admit that I could not finish this book. I got 55 pages in and it was determined to resist me. But that's what I get for starting with the NINETEENTH book in a series, so I don't particularly blame Cherryh. I'm determined to read Cyteen soon. ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 I still am finding the ongoing story of the Atevi, the humans, the Reunioners & the Kyo fascinating, but this particular book didn't have enough action and too many infodumps by the author. I get that sorting out the clans allegiences and the political shifts in the wind on both sides of the straits are tough stuff to probably set to action, but this just read like wall to wall exposition without much break.

While I miss spending more time with Bren's viewpoint, Cajeri has at least grown old
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This felt like half a book. It took a couple of enjoyable hours to read. So a fairly quick read unlike some in the series. The cover is very deceptive. I was expecting to see hoards of people come down to the planet but we only see a snippet with the kids and their parents just at the end.
I enjoyed this but would like to see the story depicted on the cover.j
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Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Multiple sets of golden eyes lit up in anticipation. Fried fish, in the style of Mospheiran street vendors, was his aishid’s favorite of the new flavors they’d discovered on the island.

Emergence picks up immediately after Convergence ends, and neatly finishes all the outstanding problems. I'm not certain where we're going from here, to be honest.

Emergence still splits the time fairly evenly between Cajeiri and Br
Donnally Miller
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I decided to read this book even though it was described as the 19th of the Foreigner series. But I have to question if this is truly a series. A series is made up of books that are capable of standing on their own, but which have the same core characters and are set in the same space. Is Foreigner a series or is it actually one very long novel, of which this is only a single chapter?
It seems to be a bit of both. On the one hand, there is a lot of exposition, for which I was grateful not having
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Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J. Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field. She is the author of more than forty novels. Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating: she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track. She began ...more

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