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Posted June 15, 2013
This is the first in A.C. Crispin's Starbridge series. The worldbuilding is superb, and the characters are engaging. Because this is a first
contact story, those issues also have to be addressed. The clash here is not only between cultures but between species, and it’s
complicated by differences of opinion on both sides about how to handle the situation. These issues are dealt with logically, with
characters responding in ways that feel very realistic. This book has been on my keeper shelf for years.
Posted January 3, 2013
One of the best first contact stories I ever read, Starbridge is timeless. Both a YA coming of age tale of a young woman traveling on her uncle's starship amongst the stars, a romance, and a story of humans encountering new alien life forms, the story works as well today as it did when it was first written and published 20 years ago.
Mahree is on her way to study on Earth, after growing up on a colony planet, when her uncle's ship encounters a message from possible alien life. An investigation leads them to a neighboring star system where they encounter the Simiu, sentient beings who are lionesque in appearance. A culture which places great value on honor, soon the humans find themselves challenged over cross cultural misunderstandings typical to two races who have never encountered each other before.
When the Simiu imprison her starship, Mahree and her Simiu friend, Dhurrrkk' steal a small ship and head for the headquarters of The Cooperate League of Systems, a bit of an interplanetary United Nations, which the Simiu desperately want to join. Hoping League leaders will intervene, Mahree and Dhurrrkk' risk their lives escaping to set their plan in motion. As they depart, the ship's doctor, Rob Gable, stumbles onto them, forcing them to take him along.
In the course of their journey, Mahree and Rob fall in love, and all three meet a fungus-like alien they label "Blanket" who produces oxygen just as their life support systems have run out. Joining them for the final leg of their journey, Blanket wins Earth an invitation to join the League, while Mahree and Dhurrrkk' convince League leaders to mediate between the Simiu and the imprisoned Earth starship crew.
Mahree's character is extremely well drawn and complex, and we get to see her grow from a brooding teenager into a responsible woman who makes a significant contribution to diplomacy and finds a future career.
Rob, Dhyrrrkk, Blanket and several other characters are also well drawn, great additions. The story is family friendly, although Mahree's romance with Rob does involve a few love scenes.
The story does not seem dated at all. And the complexity of the world building here is fascinating.
As a long time fan of Crispin, who's used to her tie-ins more than original works, it was fun to see how inventive and gifted she can be working beyond the constraints of someone else's sandbox. Worth rediscovering if you haven't read it. A highly recommended read!
Posted January 15, 2012
Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!
I was soooo happy when I found out that this series was being release in ebook format. I first read Starbridge book one when it was first released and LOVED it. Great Story! I never had a chance to read the rest of the series but now I will be able to and have them all in ebook format. Thank you A.C. Crispin and Ridan Publishing.
Posted January 1, 2012
I am so happy to see some of my favorite books come out in this format! I have read these books too many times to count, not that I will ever replace my paperbacks but they can now stay safe from my many readings of them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 13, 2011
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