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Title: The Silver Ship And The Sea
Genre:
Science Fiction
Sub-genre: Military

Type: Novel
Page Count: 400
Size:  Hardcover:

     9.2x6.4x1.4 inches
           Mass-marcket:
     6.7x4.1x1.2 inches
Cover: Color, art
Illustrations: n/a

Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN-10: 9780765315977
ISBN-13: 978-0765355096
Other Books In Series:

    Reading the Wind
    Wings of Creation

 

Awards:
    
2008 Endeavour Award

 

Brenda Cooper's The Silver Ship and the Sea
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Daneille Ackley-McPhail

01-31-2010
Reviewed for MilSciFi.com by,
"Danielle Ackley-McPhail"


In her first solo novel, Brenda Cooper has given us a rich world rift by nature, conflicting philosophies, and the eternal disrupter: differences. Human nature, completely unvarnished, is spotlighted in all its glory and ugliness, driving a story that will keep you turning pages long into the night…once you get past the Prologue, which did not hold my attention so well as the rest of the book.

Picture a remote colony planet without much to recommend it, other than the fact that it is remote. Two diametrically divergent groups have equally valid claims to the planet, but rather than finding a way to co-exist in peace, their radical differences cause nothing but strife, and ultimately war. Being the larger group, the unalters, colonists living without scientific or medical augmentation, overcome and devastate the alters, humans engineered for specific tasks and to overcome the harsh world they were to inhabit. The alters are virtually annihilated but for a handful that escaped the planet and seven children left behind, or so everyone thought. One lone altered survived, Jenna, living on the fringes, biding her time, waiting for the children to grow up.

The colony draws the line at slaughtering children and incorporates them into their society, dispersing them among different households and even different settlements, against the day that they would grow into their altered abilities. For some of the children, they were cherished and loved, others lived in torment, all of them proved vital to the welfare of the colony, until the day that hatred and fear on the part of a select few of the unaltereds forced the war orphans to stand up for their rights and their freedom.

To tell more would be to tell the whole tale, so let me just say, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was light on actual military presence, but not on the discipline, strategy, and capabilities. The technology was fascinating without overwhelming the storyline. I highly recommend this book, I give it an eight out of ten.

Score: 8 out of 10

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

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