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It has all of the elements a good story should have
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2016
It has all of the elements a good story should have. The characters are well developed, plot line is smooth and progresses consistently and logically. The action is fast paced and the interpersonal relationships believable. Conflict, fear, and the rest of the human emotions are represented. I appreciate the fact that Cain and Ellies' relationship, in the end, crashed due to human failure not from outside interference. Realistically crap happens to good people, they admitted their mistake and can now move on. Cain needed to mature more to become the kind of leader he needed to be. Especially since he joined up for all the wrong reasons as most young men do. The rest of the crew will develop closer bonds. They are a team tested by fire and are a work in progress - bravo. They, unlike the earlier group were thrown together and to me had a harder row to hoe to jell into a cohesive unit. Your first books allowed Braden, G-war, and Micah to "absorb" new team members one at a time - big difference, everyone had the opportunity to get to know each other and they had the CHOICE on joining in the adventure. I'm wondering if this is why you were unhappy with the story. The first group learned to BE a team by trial and error, but had a single strong leader with a clear, uniting end goal - this group had to be manipulated into being a team and learn to function together.
I gotta tell you I enjoyed the humorous situations you put them in - mud covered Hill cats and all. Nicely dispersed through the story. This group of cats are over the top - snark taken to a new level.
I was glad to see that the respect and equality of the different species remain. Braden would be proud of his descendants.
The worldview was terrific. Well detailed with enough exploration of a possible future for Vii. I kind of got lost on some of the ship stuff, but that's just me. I could understand it, but really isn't why I read space opera books. Lots of other neat techy stuff going on too.
I also have to tell you one of things I truly enjoyed about this story was it wasn't a typical HEA ending - lessons learned were very painful. Pollyanna was on the ship and died. I did feel that they took off with stars in their eyes and a not very realistic attitude about what kind of dire circumstances, other than ship disasters they could face. They came back much wiser than when they left. Bravo - well done