Six months have passed since the reappearance of the starship Phoenix - the same ship which brought humans to the world of alien atevi nearly 200 years ago, leaving a small and vulnerable colony to struggle for survival in a hostile environment. During these six months, the alien atevi have striven to reconfigure their fledgling space program in a breakneck bid to take their place in the heavens alongside humans. But the return of the Phoenix has added a frighteningly powerful third party to an already volatile situation, polarizing political factions in both human and atevi societies, and making the possibility of all-out planetary war an even more likely threat.
On the atevi mainland, human ambassador Bren Cameron, in a desperate attempt to maintain the peace, has risked alienation from his own people by communicating with the staff of the Phoenix as spokesman for the atevi, and has arranged for one human representative from the Phoenix to take up residence with him in his apartments, and for another to be stationed on Mosphiera, humanity's island enclave.
Now, Bren has the difficult task of indoctrinating Jason Graham, a young man who has never before set foot on a planet, in the intricate, delicate, and potentially lethal maneuverings of the human-atevi interface. And this at a time when, thanks to the assassination of an atevi lord who had been one of Bren's primary adversaries, and the near-collision of Bren's personal plane with a jet manned by an unknown pilot, the relationship between atevi factions is becoming more strained by the minute.
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"Highly recommended for all sf collections." (Library Journal)
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (sci-fi) - CJ Cherryh is an amazing author. The world she has created, the atevi characters, the languages, the political situations...I don't know where she comes up with all this stuff! Just think, there is one human (Bren Cameron) who is charged with translating and maintaining the peace between a human colony and the native atevi, who are large human-like creatures with black skin (see cover art). There are all kinds of differences and extremely tense situations which are great listening. The only complaint I have is that her stories are pretty complex with all the different players and their different motives. There are lots of strange names to keep straight. Several times I wanted to back up and rehear stuff but I was driving and couldn't. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if it were simpler or maybe if I were just smarter!
Things get critical in the end and there's quite a bit of action. The current crises are over by the end of the book so it's not a cliffhanger, but there's so much to come. I'm anxious for the space program to build the atevi's ship and get them into space. It looks as if a new, evil race may be watching...
PERFORMANCE - Mr. May has a very pleasant voice. He does a good job differentiating voices for the different main characters and an incredible job pronouncing all the strange names and places in this book.
OVERALL (actual rating 3.5) - This is a great story, but it's not an easy listen. There is only a little bit of sex and no bad language, but this is definitely not for dummies or young listeneres. It is sci-fi in that it deals with human/alien relations, but the problems are all political in nature. If you're looking for little green men with magical powers and cool weapons, you will be disappointed. Each book seems to provide a pretty good recap to get new listeners up to speed, but I would definitely listen to this series from the beginning in order.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
I'm dying to tell you short summary, but to avoid any spoilers,
I'll just tell you one thing:
IT'S GETTING BETTER !!!!!:-)
Obviously, the political drama and set-piece world-building is incredible.
The ones without the constant "being tired" or passive-aggressive whining about how things are so "unfair."
An interesting series. In fact it is great in so many ways, including this alien world. She is a master of that. But I wonder if a 1970s plus female author's series can make sense with a MALE diplomat in this alien world in 2016?. She sets the world up wonderfully -- but this character feels --female. And not modern female -- 1955 female. These are older books --the narrator is great -- but the personalities can grate on your modern nerves. The nature of the main character, the relationships he has with the OTHER humans (sweet god that is NOT a typical male on male relationship -- and I am not talking a sexual nature -- just NOT male)) and the utter irritation that I am sure some of us feel when listening to that discourse.
I just wonder if it might be wrong.... Oddly enough --or maybe it figures -- her two female humans in the series so far are a shrew and a needy maniplulator.
Finally the protagonist is such a -- let's just say -- NOT tough (mildly putting it) (I recall the last book where the main character gets up late, takes a bath all morning, makes some phone calls, and then gets "tired beyond control" by evening. It makes me wonder if the author has ever had a JOB) (and I realize she is a Hugo award winner)
Without trying to sound like I do not enjoy these books (and yes, it is almost endless self-introspection narrative with brief bouts of action and world-building), I have to say I do. Sigh.
This is the last book in Sequence 1 of the Inheritor/First Contact series. It's very much a continuation of the first book, but also sets up the plot for Sequence 2.
To describe anything gives things away - but the Dowager... she is so cool. There is so much to learn about human nature when you compare them to aliens and that is why science fiction is so powerful.
Yes, I probably will as some point
The series reminds me of some of Robert Heinlein's work. Social Science Fiction as opposed to technology or action based science fiction. I find myself thinking of the social implications of the story.
Daniel May's performance is wonderful. I will look for other books he has performed.
As I write this review I am 8 books into this series. I came back to write this one. And I have enjoyed them one after the other, not wishing to leave the flow of the story as it unfolds.
How much more of an endorsement can I provide? And it is hard to say exactly what it is that draw me into the story line so strongly that I have already purchased the 9th book and am eager to start it.
Half of the book, each book in the series occurs inside the head of Bren Cameron, the main character. Perhaps that is the attraction. I find myself projecting myself into his position. And I have come to care about the characters in the story and isn't that a key mark of good writing?
If you are looking for a lot of action and explosions and battles the this might not be a series for you. But if you enjoy being intellectually engaged in the story, wondering how you would respond, then you should find yourself as addicted as I am.
The entire series is smart, exciting, a complete world and each book deepens our knowledge and continues to offer up suspense and surprises. My second time listening to it all! I highly recommend it - if you can listen carefully through the first book, the effort makes it easier to hear the rest. And so worth it!!
Anyone who love sci-fi without a pre-designated solution. This is an awesome book and is very intriguing. No pre-determined solution will elude you. It is awesome and pink clued in a way you would not expect.
I am really enjoying this series. I was taken by surprise by the first book, now I am eager to hear the next.
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