The V'Dan: First Salik War

The V'Dan: First Salik War

by Jean Johnson

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The V'Dan: First Salik War 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
shortcircuit More than 1 year ago
this book is as good as all of the books by this author that I have read 4
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
I was both prepared, and entirely unprepared for this book. The series is called, “The First Salik War”, but despite that title, the Salik (aliens whose preferred form of nourishment is live humans), have had exactly two small scenes across the two books. Which seems crazy. On the surface, one would expect “The First Salik War” books to be military space fare, but instead, as of so far, these books are very much political fiction. Based on this, as military space fiction, these books are sorely lacking, but as political fiction, these books are quite good. The entirety of The V’Dan is occupied with the challenges and political minefield establishment of a human embassy on the V’Dan homeworld. Like in The Terrans, The V’Dan is prone to LONG soliloquy-like passages that can get overbearing, and while I do like these books, I honestly think these two first books in this series could have been easily been a single really superb book. To be truthful, once I got the gist of any particular monster-passage, I skimmed through quite a bit, which made getting through the book much more tolerable. There really is a fantastic story here, but it’s also a very uncomfortable story. ***WARNING MILD SPOILERS FOR THE TERRANS AND THE V’DAN BOOKS AHEAD*** To explain why, I need to do a bit more set up on what’s happened across these two books. In The Terrans, humans on a spaceship from Earth encounter a hostile alien race (the Salik). As mentioned above, the Salik like to eat live humans. On encountering the Salik, the humans discover that the Salik are holding prisoners on their ship, and decide to rescue them. On doing so, the humans discover that the prisoners being held by the Salik are also humans. Alien humans (V’Dan). The V’Dan are actually humans from earth, but have not lived on earth for 10,000 years. They were transplanted to their homeworld (V’Dan) by someone known as The Immortal. So we have a branch of humanity that split from earthbound humans 10,000 years ago, and evolved as humans and as a society on a totally separate planet. On V’Dan, the political system is a monarchy, with a social caste system, and as part of their separate evolution, when going through puberty, the V’Dan develop markings on their bodies that look like tattoos. They call the markings Jungen. Because these markings develop during puberty, the V’Dan consider anyone without the Jungen marks to be a child, and because Earth based humans (Terrans) look exactly like the V’Dan, except without markings, the V’Dan default to treating the humans like children. This is the principal conflict in both The Terrans and The V’Dan, and this is what makes these books uncomfortable to read. The Terrans, who we as the readers are meant to identify with, are constantly being treated like you might treat a two year old child, and understandably, the humans don’t like being treated like children. The main protagonist in The Terrans and The V’Dan is Jackie MacKenzie, who is also the Terran Ambassador to the V’Dan, and every time a V’Dan treats a Terran like a child, Jackie goes into what I think of as “Condescending Adult Mode”, berating and scolding the V’Dan individual (and the V’Dan society at large) for judging people based on how they look instead of based on their actions. An important point here is that the society back on Earth has “matured” past the point of racism, treating all people of color equally. In general, the human political system and society is portrayed
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