Top critical review
Good book broken by bad character building and contrived plot elements
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2020
This book has a lot going for it. But flaws in the character building and plot turned this 5 star book into 2 stars.
1. All of the characters are human. Sure, the author tells us that there's a weasel type, and a wolf/bear type, and a tiger type. But they don't sound alien. They don't think alien. They don't act alien. I'm promised aliens, and the author does not deliver.
2. Several plot elements feel very contrived. Need local intel? Ok, here are some relatives for you to hook up with who happen to be on the planet. The armor suits need repairs? Ok, here's a pirate ship to capture that just so happens to have the armor parts you need.