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on 24 January 2011
Having read the first book (and really enjoyed it) I was eager to read the follow up. The sequel didn't disappoint. The story feels to progress in a logical manner and is exciting and tense. New character introductions were welcome and helped expand the experience, as did the new Skaintz type. The Skaintz having to adapt to different environmental conditions and creation methods, coupled with a different leader type was great and helped to bring a fresh feel to what could have been just a repeat of the first book.
A quick comment about the aliens, although the "hive" scenario has been explored many times in sci-fi literature I found the approach of making them organised in a sentient manner to be most welcome, having an insight into their insecurities was fascinating and engaging, so often "aliens" of this type are nothing more than mindless killing machines hell bent on destruction with no apparent motivations other than it being some kind of genetically driven rage. It was intriguing and scary to read about "monsters" who made concious and weighted decisions about invading and another species for there own ends.
Although I did enjoy reading (and would love another in the series), I can't help feeling that at times, there were missing details, as though I were reading an abridged version (I would also say the first one made me feel the same way). I'm torn by the feeling as I don't think it's a bad thing for the reader to be left to fill in some of the blanks, creating there own vision of what has gone on, whilst the reader has been elsewhere. At times it felt more like a film experience in that respect.
I guess it leaves me wanting more!
One more thing, the title of this series. Is it just me, or was I foolish to expect it to be more about Mechs than it is? Or have I just missed the point? The Mechs seem very much like supporting cast to the story rather than the focus of it, from which the title would have lead me to believe they would be. Or will they become more prominent as the series moves on?
All that said I really did enjoy the book, and as I said previously, would love another one. Bring it on!