I still question his sanity…. but Bren Cameron may not be that bad of a character after all.
Series: Foreigner Universe; Book 3
Author: C. J. Cherryh
Genre: Science Fiction
ROTS Setting: Distant-Future, Colonization, FTL, Aliens
Synopsis: Six months have passed since the reappearance of the starship Phoenix—the same ship which brought a colony of humans to the hostile environment of alien atevi nearly two hundred years ago. During these six months, the atevi have reconfigured their fledgling space program in a 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 both human and atevi political factions, 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 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. Bren himself is unable to return home for fear of being arrested or assassinated by the powerful arch conservative element who wish to bar the atevi from space. Desperately trying to keep abreast of the atevi associations, how can Bren possibly find a way to save two species from a three-sided conflict that no one can win?
Recommendation: Highly recommended!
It feels good to finish this first trilogy arc. I will definitely be continuing but now that I’ve reached a point of moderate closure, there isn’t this huge drive to read more. Breathing room, really. There is still a lot that can happen from here and we get a whole new info bomb that might destroy them all or finally unite them.
When it came to the plot there was a lot less action than either of the previous books, but I actually liked this one the most. My biggest reason was that Bren, the main character, whined a lot less. He still had to have conversations or make decisions while lacking sleep or ‘exhausted,’ but it was a little less noticeable.
We also get the inter-species culmination started in the first book…. I’ve got nothing against it, and am only interested in how this changes things.
In summary, it’s a very good continuation of the first two books and provides a decent end to many of the story lines while also setting up new ones for the latter books. I will definitely continue the series.
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