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I love the Alien series and usually can't wait to finish
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2015
I love the Alien series and usually can't wait to finish, but with this book, I have to force myself to continue. Ms. Koch seems to have lost a bit of the Kitty voice. Kitty has matured a bit, but not as likable. Before she was more endearing where now she's more annoying, bordering on arrogant. The inner dialogue, which used to be fun is now extremely tedious and overdone in this book. Ms. Koch spends way too much time on descriptions, theories w/Algar, etc. I've had the book since the release date and I'm only half way through. I've read several other books before forcing myself to get back to finish this one. Maybe it gets better towards the end of the book, but I don't know if I'll ever make to the end. Ms. Koch and her characters seem to be wandering all over the place. She also created a lot of characters to play with, but there's no depth, they seem more cartoonish rather than "Alien," and you get the sense they're not going to be memorable, either. There really is a "Separation" with the way the planet's inhabitants are treated, too. They're pointedly cared for, but that's because they seem to be viewed as less than, and victims. Being only half way through, this is a definite misstep. Maybe I'll change my opinion once I can slog my way to the end.
I would have liked a bit more re the aftermath of the last book. So much went on in the last book, that perhaps Ms. Koch didn't know where to go with it. She wrapped up the parallel world visit with a few sentences here and there, but no real treatment. She played it out like the excuse her Kitty used for the personality change - nothing to worry about it was the concussion talking. That's that. Then (a bit unbelievable even for Kitty) they're right on in to what to do about the 'Mastermind' but whoops they're transported to another world with sensient animals from big bugs to wolverines. What? OK Koch is on her usual twisty plot path, but really, Kitty not discussing her absence or truly catching up with the people she missed (Mother, Jeff, Chuckie, etc.) is out of character. Again, maybe once she saves yet another planet and gets back to the embassy she'll have her confabs and verbally gush in Kittyisms. Or not. I am definitely no longer interested, at the halfway point in the book, in Kitty or the newly introduced inhabitants or the impending civil war or where Jamie is or if the Horrors will be attacking or anything else that can be piled on to this mess. Sorry, but I am seriously feeling the aptly titled "Separation" and am not inclined to continue.