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An interesting story
on 12 January 2013
If you've read the other reviews you will see reference to the rape scene. When I first read the book I was expecting something really totally gross and disgusting. That's not to say what happens is not disgusting, but it's not as vivid and over the top as some are portraying. While you have to wonder what is going through the author's head to use such a plot device in both the gap series and *also* in the Thomas Covernant series, the actual portrayal of the rape scene isn't as awful as I feared it may be.
Interestingly, my copy has a bad 'replace all' error, where someone has changed the word 'station' to 'Station', however they did not think of the word 'manifestation' which appears throughout the book as 'ManifeStation' and confused me until I worked out what had happened. Sloppy editing.
I don't want to give too much away about the plot, but I found this, the first book(s) of the series to be somewhat frustrating at the start, but it certainly grew on me. It's very much a triangular relationship of victim, perpetrator and rescuer (as explained in the preface) and the roles of each of the protragonists change throughout the book. I found it hard to like the Davies character; I found it hard to believe that Morn would actually let him live given what had happened to her. Nick makes a cool swashbuckling space pirate and Angus a despicable rogue. I found the concept of UMC, UMCPD and GCES to be a bit confusing at first, as with the accessory characters like Min Donner, Hashi, Mios and Dios. It took me time to just work out who was who.
In the end, this book dovetails nicely with the rest of the series and I do recommend persisting with the story even if you find the rape sequence to be distasteful. I don't agree with using rape as a plot device, but the consequences of it play a large part in the story.