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The Best of All Possible Worlds | [Karen Lord]

The Best of All Possible Worlds

A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever. Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race—and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far-reaching ramifications.
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Publisher's Summary

Karen Lord’s debut novel, the multiple-award-winning Redemption in Indigo, announced the appearance of a major new talent—a strong, brilliantly innovative voice fusing Caribbean storytelling traditions and speculative fiction with subversive wit and incisive intellect. Compared by critics to such heavyweights as Nalo Hopkinson, China Miville, and Ursula K. Le Guin, Lord does indeed belong in such select company—yet, like them, she boldly blazes her own trail.

Now Lord returns with a second novel that exceeds the promise of her first. The Best of All Possible Worlds is a stunning science-fiction epic that is also a beautifully wrought, deeply moving love story.

A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever. Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race—and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far-reaching ramifications. As their mission hangs in the balance, this unlikely team—one cool and cerebral, the other fiery and impulsive—just may find in each other their own destinies... and a force that transcends all.

©2013 Karen A. R. Lord (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This fascinating and thoughtful science fiction novel breaks out of the typical conflict-centered narrative paradigm to examine adaptation, social change, and human relationships. I’ve not read anything quite like it, which makes it that rare beast: a true original." (Kate Elliott, author of the Crown of Stars series and the Spiritwalker Trilogy)

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    Azeezat Dubai, United Arab Emirates 04-09-13
    Azeezat Dubai, United Arab Emirates 04-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "amazing!!!"

    I read 'redemption in indigo' sometime back and was captivated by Lord's writing style and Miles's narration. So when I came across this book, I was really looking forward to listening and even bought the book before I read the reviews. After reading some of the reviews, I must admit to being put off, but, I went back and listened to redemption in indigo, to remind myself why I liked Lord's unique narrative style and vivid imagination and plucked the courage to dive into this one.
    Let's just say - wow! Definitely ranks in with the "unputdowenable"s" for me.

    The world created for her characters, the style, the depiction, the mental stimulation - just does it for me. While I do enjoy all manner of romance, sci-fi, fantasy etc, I really enjoyed this unique take on romance that doesn't have to get bawdy (although nothing against a good dash of bawdiness!) and yet, delivers more with a look and a touch, that convey so much more! The narrator (Miles) did a really bang up job of portraying the characters truly.

    I wouldn't be surprised to find out Lord herself is a descendant of some "Tishune" herself!
    Really masterful story crafting and weaving. Can't wait for her next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin St. Paul 05-05-14
    Kevin St. Paul 05-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Can't get into this one."
    What was most disappointing about Karen Lord’s story?

    Starts slow, stays slow. I never felt connected to the story line. I was bored with it, hoping for it to improve.


    Any additional comments?

    Stopped listening. Moving on to another book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne Durham, NC, United States 02-01-14
    Marianne Durham, NC, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "an incredibly sweet story"
    What did you love best about The Best of All Possible Worlds?

    I loved the slow building relationship between the main characters. They choose to be honest, decent, kind and real, and in the end discover that they've found their way to each other


    What other book might you compare The Best of All Possible Worlds to and why?

    There's something very 19th century about it. A little Jane Austen (man and woman drawn together in spite of--or because of--differences, the risk of fundamentally misunderstanding someone's character), a little Edith Warton (I was reminded of the scene in The Age of Innocence when Newland Archer unbuttons Ellen's glove to kiss her wrist--the same kind of fully-clothed slow burn kind of heat).


    Which character – as performed by Robin Miles – was your favorite?

    Delarua, the main character is a wry, slightly sardonic narrator. Miles captured that pretty well for the most part, but having read the book prior to listening, I would have read some lines with slightly different inflections. Sometimes a little too wry or teasing. Also sometimes the reader seems a little strident in tone.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I love love love this book. I have recommended it to several friends and I'm considering sending it to my sisters for Valentine's Day. It portrays the kind of grown-up relationship that people should aspire to. One of the best romances I've read in a long time, and no one even takes off their clothes.


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  • Katherine
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    9/26/13
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    "Futuristic space opera romance"
    What other book might you compare The Best of All Possible Worlds to, and why?

    A little like The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin, it's set on another world and describes different cultures and their efforts to co-exist and integrate but these are all human. No space wars or action scenes, a straightforward narrative and beautifully written for reading aloud. The book consists of a series of episodes and the relationship between the two protagonists in the romance is what keeps it moving forward. But this is more than enough to hold one's interest, as the ramifications of their relationship go beyond their personal arrangements.


    What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

    Robin Miles' very pleasant voice is controlled without ever sounding flat and expressive without leaning towards exaggeration - one of the best narrations I've heard.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J. Bardsley
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    4/7/13
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    "Disappointing"

    I was really excited about Karen Lord, Redemption in Indigo was very promising both in style and plot. This, however, fails to live up to that promise. The conversational style that worked so well before feels more like laziness here. The characters and situations are trite. This work has little to recommend it, and the reading is not adding anything either

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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