I must preface
this review by saying that I had just the slightest trouble getting in to the first
book in this series. I mention this because it is such a pronounced difference
from my experience with Riding the Wind.
From the first page to the last, I could not wait to find out what happened
next. This is one of those rare sequels that exceed already high expectation.
Unfortunately, I think it is also one of those sequels where you absolutely
must read the first book beforehand to get the full appreciation of the story.
Sundered by hard
choices Chleo and the altered youths left behind on Fremont must relearn their
place in society, now with their numbers and support sharply diminished; not an
easy task for Kayleen, the one left behind in the village, Aristos, amid
distrust, and even hatred. Harsh feelings are soon swept away, however, by a
mutual desire to survive.
stemming from the original colony war has landed on Fremont and threatens both altered and original
humans alike. If they are to survive and hold their homes it will take
everything they have until hated differences transform into final hope.
I will not tell
more about the events of the story itself, because I do not wish to take away
from the readerís experience, but I will say that the writing is superb and the
wordcrafting masterful. Cooper deals with many difficult topics in these 450
pages and she does so with skill and grace. I am, without doubt, waiting
eagerly for the third book.
Score: 9.5 out of 10.
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