Saturday, June 15, 2013 8:22:00 AM
The discovery of this incredible planet and it's inhabitants.
What I loved about this book was the very intricate design of the setting. The planet Cicora, in my opinion, was the unequivocal star of the show. The beautiful detail used to describe every tree, animal and insect was enchanting. I read page after page waiting for Kirk, Spock and McCoy to show up and save the day. It was such a perfect place for a StarTrek episode that I think the producers of the new StarTrek movies should grab Stuart Jaffe as a consultant!
Bach to business, the alien characters were also very well concocted. I found them to be very original in both their descriptions and abilities. My favorite was KeyCol, although very powerful he came across as unimposing in the sense that his intellect and empathy far overshadowed his formidable stature. I wish I could have chosen a better lot for him to be stranded with because he was the stand out character that encouraged an emotional connection with the reader.
What I found discouraging about the book was the human characters. Now, mind you there weren't many, I realize that the crew was stranded for an exorbitant period of time causing each to exude their best and worst behavioral sides. The problem I had was that Fiona and Birch didn't have much in the way of a good side. They began the story as self centered, difficult to approach or relate to characters, and pretty much carried that persona all the way through. Well, Birch has some moments where he's down right despicable, however I still had trouble with that because he wasn't actually a villain. Just to clarify that thought, I have had many encounters with real villains in fiction whom I have LOVED to hate. Fiona, on the other hand, was self absorbed and difficult to relate to as a person. Perhaps it is the bleakness from which her life began, but I always feel that main characters should have some hook or outstanding feature to draw readers in. In her case the only thing I can think of is her survival instinct.
All in all, This book is well worth the read just in the discovery of this incredible planet and it's inhabitants.