I didn't really feel that this novel fleshed out anything from the short story (by the same name) which was missing. It brought the characters from the short story "The Stray" together with the characters from "A Beautiful Friendship", but it wasn't a fresh story in any sense. I am unlikely to continue to follow this sub-series in the Honorverse.
Sorry to say, this book read and sounded like something for a fussy teenage girl, not something that I would suggest for a serious "reader".
I hoped more from the cat's perspective, not exhausting teenage angst.
Teenager " issues"
Glad I got it as a special, it was hard to listen to the whole thing.
I wasn't expecting this book to be YA after having read other books by David Weber. This is obviously written for 10-14 year olds though, and I found the plot and characters oversimplified and very predictable.
The discovery of a new sapient species in a fully plausible future is and engaging tale, but the whole story is a little weak. Even so the book is thoroughly enjoyable
The world in this book has some interesting elements- specifically the native critters on the planet, which are telepathic and have some interesting tribal dynamics. However, I couldn't get past the poor writing. Repetitive and poorly edited, it pulled me away from the story too much.
Picked this up after not being able to start another spinoff series for another book series, and this one I had no problem getting into. The target audience is maybe below my age, but I still enjoyed this book. First off, the narrator is great, and that always helps a lot. Second, this is a book from the HH universe, and it ties in well with the main series while still being completely independent.
I also have to say that as far as HH universe books go, it's rather refreshing to get back to stories that are a bit less...political. I still enjoy the main HH books, but they're essentially just switching between politically stuffed conversations culminating in "my missiles are better than yours" space battles these days.
All in all, a good book. Currently on the second one, and hoping this spinoff series will stick around as long as there are stories to tell.
I would have made the last half of the book a little more exciting. The first half was great, but then I got bored before the end. I also felt like there wasn't enough of a climax at the end of the book.
She did good most of the time, but there were a few places, especially at the end, where the way she expressed the words to explain noises were a major distraction from the story.
Overall it was a good book. It's clean, great for teenagers, and has an interesting idea. It was good enough for me to get the next book, but I haven't read it yet
A great listen
a view of the honor-verse before the wars and apparently before the wealth brought in by the wormhole terminus. A story grounded on Sphinx and paced accordingly.
loved the performance
This book was really bad! The childish meandering dialog and performance combine to make this one of the most painful listens in recent memory. Both my kids (8, and 12) begged me to turn it off on a recent 2 hour road trip. I suffered through the entire listen expecting it to get better - it does not. Avoid!