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Star Crash (Star Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I wasn't expecting such a steamy read, thought it would be more of a sic-fi read with romantic overtones. Not so. Get ready for a LOT of steamy love scenes with a couple that are pretty much insatiable (almost eye-rollingly so). In fact, I should have figured it out pretty quickly when the opening scene has our captured heroine going through what is basically a clinical gynecological exam conducted by her alien captors. Heh, heh. Anyway, I was thinking to myself how cliche' the alien anal probe scene is and I almost stopped reading, but I gave it a chance.
[Get ready for some discussion of the novel which includes some spoilers...]
I had more hang-ups besides that first jarring cliche'. First, the alien species. I just couldn't wrap my head around these ostrich/chicken things, despite having a social structure that fit their bird-like resemblance. It was original, I guess, but I just couldn't give them credence for some reason. It stretched my suspension-of-disbelief to the breaking point. Also, the time frame for the human colony on the planet was too short for what we see taking place. In the span of 400 years we are seeing technologically advanced humans that flew out into deep space to colonize another planet devolve into a culture that considers their Earth origins a myth and which have retained no evidence of their past besides some "ancient" texts? And which also seemed to forget that women have brains of their own? And it didn't take long to inbreed a subset of these humans into cattle, either. Hmm. (I thought we were going to get an explanation of this phenomenon--they got the tables turned on them when the native species took control of their technology and/or the planet has some kind of deleterious effect on humans, see my note below.) Next, we have C.O.I.L. law, which I found to be a very interesting concept, but which also just provided a neat little way for Cora and Alex to endure their captivity without trying to communicate with their captors, not to mention get them in lots of tight situations which would not exist otherwise. I also found the fact that Alex was used as a stud to breed in this captive human population abhorrent. I'm glad it was eventually used to develop Alex's character, but at first, I was really freaked out by the insensitivity of the hero and heroine to what I saw as a herd of Alex's children. I was especially disturbed by the baby getting killed early on. Even some species of fish and amphibians defend their young. Come on. These humans can't be that devolved yet!
Another thing that made my brain hurt was trying to make sense of the timelines involved in space travel. Despite not being bothered by planet-hopping and hyperspace travel in Star Wars, I found myself wondering how Cora could find Alex six years later, on the edge of chartered space, and still have them be the same ages they were relative to each other on Earth, how she could have known what happened to his ship six years earlier pretty much as it happened, but if she sent a message now from this planet to help the Erathians it would take four years to get there (but earlier she had been worried about the seemingly immediate consequences of sending her report after her plan to flee and the consequences of C.O.I.L. law on her, etc.) Oh, and her preflight birth control procedure only lasts three months but her travels were going to last months to years. What? Huh? None of it matched up. Again, I'm guilty of overthinking things.
The author also introduced details that I considered set-ups for events or explanations later in the story, but which were not addressed at all. For instance, why did the author mention Cora's nav system going all wonky and causing her crash, and Cora surmising from what she knew of Alex's crash that the same thing happened, but never mention it again as Cora prepared to leave the planet? I thought it was going to come to mind as a worrisome obstacle to her escape plan or just straight up prevent escape from the planet's atmosphere, or even make it unlikely that others could answer their call for help, or be mentioned as part of what happened to the original human colonists. Also, the headaches associated with trying to access her translator chip, and Alex's severe amnesia and headaches when accessing his memories. I thought, okay, this planet is going to cause these humans to regress into this herd mentality and they will have to realize it and fight it. But no. Also, the later use of chips in the Erathians...no worries about that later, either. Okay. So, they just got headaches. No real explanation of why Alex devolved so much, either. I also kept thinking from things mentioned that the Palia/Flock had "borrowed" technology that was the reason for their advanced society and was wondering if there was going to be some explanation by way of the original human colony getting the tables turned on them. But there never was any development of those thoughts. There are more examples of this un-followed-throughness I could mention, but I won't.
The resolution of this novel included a lot of neat clean-up to some serious mess. I mean, come on, we got a treaty in a day? The Flock compound that got dismantled didn't rebel and go to war on the Erathians despite the treaty? The Herd humans were just going to integrate into Erathian society with no problems? Not to mention how handy-dandy that MAT device in Cora's ship is. Geez.
Anyway, I could go on, but it is so easy to pick apart a novel that I find falls short of awesome, even if I enjoyed it. That's not really fair, I guess, so I'll quit now and just say again that I enjoyed it!
Cora wakes up in the hands of aliens on a planet she does not remember landing on. Alone with no other human companion Cora must find a way to understand the language and lay of the land she finds herself a prisoner in. Just as she thinks she is beginning to understand what is happening around her everything changes when she realizes there is another human in the prison camp. Desperate to ally with him and plan an escape she is not prepared for his reaction to her. Nothing, not even another human is what it seems.
Well written with nice editing and attention to detail this Sci-Fi is just different enough to catch some well deserved attention.
Karen Bryant Doering,
Parents' Little Black Book
It tended more to the romance side, which wasn't too bad I do like good romances. I guess I am much more conservative and would have preferred to have learned somewhere that there was very graphic sex scenes in it. The opening paragraph should have warned me what was coming within. I did continue reading it (I hate starting a book and then leaving it, I always believe that it will redeem itself.) Either I was numb from the beginning chapters or it did actually mellow some in the later chapters.
All in all not a horrible book, just not what I expected or normally read because of the graphic content.
This book was written very well to make me feel like I was being sucked into the world.
Loved this story and will keep reading from this author.
Thank you :)
Who new that someone sat and thought about what could be if chickens ruled a world....
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