In this scattered sequel to 2007's The Silver Ship and the Sea, Cooper undercuts intriguing character development with awkward pacing and a weak resolution. Genetically enhanced adolescents Chelo, Liam and Kayleen remain on Fremont, a planet colonized by unaltered "original humans" who fought and won a war against the children's genetically enhanced parents, while Chelo's brother, Joseph, returns to Silver's Home, his ancestral world, to learn about his family and get help for his wounded protector, Jenna. Cooper offers tantalizing glimpses of the genemod-driven sociopolitical system of Silver's Home and the wonderful progression of the relationship among Chelo, Liam and Kayleen, which gets complicated without ever seeming unrealistic. Once the larger threat to Fremont is unveiled, however, the pacing goes downhill, and several characters take actions that seem dictated more by plotting than by believable motivations. The result is messy and unsatisfying, and frustrating to readers who have come to like these smart, determined teens. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Reading the Wind (Silver Ship Series)by Brenda Cooper
The colony planet of Fremont was supposed to be free of all genetically altered beingsa new home for a pure race. So when Chelo and her brother Joseph, along with two other genetically altered teenagers, were abandoned on Fremont, they were not welcome. They vowed to get off the planet by any means necessary. Joseph and the others managed to escape, but Chelo
The colony planet of Fremont was supposed to be free of all genetically altered beingsa new home for a pure race. So when Chelo and her brother Joseph, along with two other genetically altered teenagers, were abandoned on Fremont, they were not welcome. They vowed to get off the planet by any means necessary. Joseph and the others managed to escape, but Chelo was left behind with her new found love, forced to live underground.
As Joseph and the others return home, they find that their planet is full of vengeance. Believing that the people of Fremont killed the teenaged castaways, they sent a technologically advanced mercenary team back to Fremont to eliminate the entire planet's population. With the help of Joseph's father, they head back to Fremont to try to save Chelo.
Though the numbers are in their favor, the mercenaries' technology is eons ahead. As the team begins leveling the cities of Fremont, Joseph and his father know that Chelo's demise is lurking, and must rally their enemies, the people of Fremont, if they hope to save her.
Meet the Author
BRENDA COOPER is a futurist who works with Glen Hiemstra at Futurist.com. She’s the co-author of the novel Building Harlequin's Moon, which she wrote with Larry Niven. Her solo and collaborative short fiction has appeared in multiple magazines, including Analog, Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Oceans of the Mind, and The Salal Review. She lives in Kirkland, Washington.
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Just as good as the first, i really loved watching the relationships of the characters change and develop and grow!
The planet Fremont was considered a dangerous place for colonization due to its odd lethal flora and fauna as much as from the meteorites that crash on its surface and it¿s volcanic and quake activity. However, in spite of a need to cooperate war exploded between the original ¿unaltered¿ human settlers and the second group bioengineered to fit the orb the purebred colonists won the sundering war.-------------- The genetically enhanced survivors are divided between staying or leaving the planet. Whereas altered teens Chelo, Liam and Kayleen choose to stay on the only planet they know as home in spite of the big and little sundering Chelo¿s brother Joseph, his girlfriend Alicia, and their friend Bryan choose to go to the ancestral orb Silver¿s Home. Jospeh wants to learn more about his roots and seek help for their broken protector, Jenna. However as Joseph navigates his way around the genemod environment of Silver¿s Home, he begins to understand an angry people who thirst for avenging the genocide on Fremont with plans to eradicate the originals. Meanwhile back on Fremont, Chelo and and Liam roam wild Fremont as two of the three only known genetically changed amidst thousands of fearful originals unaware that a new race war is imminent.----------- The sequel to THE SILVER SHIP AND THE SEA is an exciting science fiction tale that plays out on two subplots before converging into a final confrontation. When the storyline focuses on the three teens left behind or on Jospeh¿s efforts to understand Silver¿s Home society and belong, the tale is excellent. When Brenda Cooper turns to the confrontational action-packed convergence subplot it feels forced and loses some of its insightfulness into a future in which a group fears bio advacements that leave them ¿less¿ than the altered next generation. Still readers will enjoy this fine look at a future form of racism.--------- Harriet Klausner