Book Review : First Contact
In Her Name
By Michael R. Hicks
Terran survey ship Aurora finds two habitable planets in an uncharted star system. But Aurora is disabled by gigantic alien warships and boarded by blue-skin females with fangs and claws. The warriors slaughter the crew in ritual one-on-one combat. The sole survivor is returned to Earth. This Messenger bears a real-time globe device that counts down to an impending attack.
That is the way of the Kreelan Empire. For centuries before man have they waged war, seeking a prophesied savior. Soon to be extinct, the ancient species wages their last war, hoping for redemption of sins long past. (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
Here is a DNF (did not finish) review. I read about 35% of the book and will not pick it up again.I had received this book for free. I decided to read it based on others’ review, which were overwhelmingly positive. When I dread having to open up a book, that is not a good sign. Here are my top reasons for not finishing the book (a prequel to the series):
- I was bored reading it. The first climax is at the beginning of the book where the aliens take over and destroy the Aurora. So far, the rest of the book has been about trying to convince earth and the other human inhabited planets that a deadly enemy is coming.
- I didn’t connect well to any of the people. This might actually be my number one reason for not liking the book. I predicted that Sato would be the one person to survive the alien attack. He had a little more depth. We had a view into his childhood with a loving, but disabled grandfather and a horrid, abusive father. Once he gets back to earth he becomes boring too. Everyone else was pretty flat.
- The language was offensive. I am sure if earth was going to be slaughtered by aliens there would be some pretty strong language, so, even though the foul language could be considered appropriate for the situation I felt like it was used for shock value. Characters would suddenly blurt out an expletive in the course of a normal conversation, it would make better sense to be screaming when faced with death.
- The aliens felt like I had met them before. It is very apparent that the aliens are working on a hive-like mentality, have a single leader with the ability to communicate instantaneously with her people and the lives of the “drones” are not valued. Does this not sound like the aliens Orson Scott Card wrote about? By the way, the aliens are blue women, and similar in physiology to humans. A matriarchal alien society might automatically sound like bees regardless of what else the author writes.
I cannot recommend this book, and I really hate having to say so many negative things about a book I didn’t even finish. If you finished the book, or series and loved it, I would love to hear your thoughts. I wish I hadn’t made contact!
1 out of 5 stars
My go to for science fiction has always been the classic Foundation series by Asimov and short stories by Ray Bradbury. I remember reading a book in college, Inherit the Stars by James P. Hogan that I loved, but I haven’t picked it up in years.
A recent ebook that I thought was fun, though not of literary merit, was The Phoenix Conspiracy by Richard Sanders.
I would recommend just about anything over this book.