The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
I was taken in by the synopsis of this book.
A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever.
Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race—and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far-reaching ramifications. As their mission hangs in the balance, this unlikely team—one cool and cerebral, the other fiery and impulsive—just may find in each other their own destinies . . . and a force that transcends all.
I've long been a sci fi fan. But I've realized lately- with the last few sci fi books I've read, that truly I am a fantasy/sci fi fan with a heavy emphasis on fantasy.
I didn't like this book from the beginning. It was waaaay too "out there", and I spent the first few chapters just trying to figure out what I was reading. The story and people were so science fiction that I didn't have very much frame of reference, and I just couldn't make sense of it. I was determined to just read it as quickly as I could and make the best of it.
Something happened, though, as I got further into the story. I enjoyed the characters, and I actually understood more of the story. As I felt like I knew more about what was going on, I enjoyed the story more. There was quite a bit of technical explanation to satisfy the more die hard sci fi fans, and there was also a sweet relationship building to satisfy the love story fans like me.
I'm still quite sure it wasn't my favorite book that I've read recently. But it was good enough to change my negative opinions from my first impressions.
I give this one 3.5 stars and a PG for content. It is pretty tame in the romance department.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.