I’m afraid I owe
Brenda Cooper an apology. I finished Wings of Creation months ago and just
could not express my impressions of the book before now. Do not take me wrong.
This is not to say it is a bad book --quite the contrary, in fact-- but that it is
a difficult book. Cooper takes characters you have grown to know and love and
truly asks much of them. They must face and flow with new concepts, new situations…heck,
new planets so alien to what they have experienced thus far that they never
quite have a chance to gain their footing.
This is the pace
of life, this is the pace of conflict, the precursor to war. This is the
crucible only hinted at in the first two books in this series. People grow and
change and even die, though I will not tell you who. This is the coming of age
for the six Freemont outcasts and as with any mix of personalities, not
everyone comes of age gracefully. The emotional turmoil and exploration of the
complexities of humanity in this tale leave the reader with much to ponder.
As I have come
to expect from Brenda Cooper, the landscape is lush, the personalities are
real, and nothing is black and white. As futuristic as the setting is, this is
a society we can all understand. Masterfully told, Wings of Creation is a story
developed with much skill and care. Readers will not be disappointed.
This is clearly
not the last book in the series, a realization that both delights and frustrates
me. Why? I have caught up with the storyline and must now wait with everyone
else for the next book! I give Wings of Creation a 9 out of 10.
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