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Sheri Norbella has everything going for her as an attractive, intelligent, but opinionated young woman of sixteen growing up on Zeslin-A colony. Her life turns upside down when her father decides to relocate to a distant settlement called Thaden- a world inhabited by less sophisticated races. Sheri experinces first hand the prejudice against her people as she's the victim of insults and attacks that ...
Sheri Norbella has everything going for her as an attractive, intelligent, but opinionated young woman of sixteen growing up on Zeslin-A colony. Her life turns upside down when her father decides to relocate to a distant settlement called Thaden- a world inhabited by less sophisticated races. Sheri experinces first hand the prejudice against her people as she's the victim of insults and attacks that become intolerable when she encounters Velsa A'Gora; Thaden's most notorious bully. As the two girls clash a dangerous boy, Jaron Loffay, offers Sheri his protection in exchange for her affections. Not trusting him she refuses, but the feud with Velsa escalates beyond a schoolyard drama just as the dreaded Namosene invade. Thaden evacuates stranding Sheri with Velsa on a desolate planet. Tempted to give into Jaron's desires Sheri must weigh her morals against her will to survive. Despite being marooned she unexpectedly discovers the answer to her mother's riddle while surrounded by cruel strangers on a savage world...
Posted March 24, 2009
This book is an enjoyable read from start to finish. It is in a science fiction setting, but still manages to do a great job with character growth and development. It doesn't get carried away with technical jargon like some sci-fi books, but plays out a story that you can connect with and you want to find out more about the characters.
This universe includes three humanoid races. Sheri is a teenager of the race that is considered to be the most intelligent and sophisticated. She is forced to move to a planet occupied by the other, in their opinion, more barbaric races. Being an outcast, she has difficulty fitting in. The typical story of a girl finding a tough time fitting in, and being saved by a guy feels like it is approaching. But this is diverted by some serious life-threatening scenarios when she gets in trouble with a tough female bully, and the drama mixes with some serious action. Just as this gets to a boiling point, the serious action hits, with an alien invasion. But the author (Bingamon) avoids getting tangled in simple battle descriptions, and focuses on how the characters cope with the attack, and each other. A testament to their character development truly comes through when they are put into this critical situation, and the choices they make. I felt myself pulling for certain ones, and that they would make some tough decisions, I don't want to pull out any spoilers, but it doesn't play out with a simple, fairy-tale ending.
BIngamon has done a terrific job on this book, and I look forward to reading more from him. This universe he created could pose well as a backdrop for future stories, but he is not just a one dimensional author.
Posted March 3, 2009
This is a really gripping novel. Once started it's hard to put down. The characters are great, the plot, the whole darn book is great. I enjoyed it tremendously. Hope he writes some more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.