Book Review About Crossfire Part 2

Book Review About Crossfire Part 2

Appraisal

The story moves along at a nice pace, keeping you waiting to see what was going to happen next. It was pleasant to have smooth plain writing that didn’t cause you to have to try and figure out what the author is attempting to convey.

The characters are well-formed and their personalities are rock-solid in your mind as the author reinforces the characters through the eyes of his or her fellow colonists.

That notwithstanding, it was a little hard to swallow when the planet changes from Blue/Purple to Blue/Green during the novel with no explanation. The only minor reference was that near the main city of Mira, the grass was of Earth origin, therefore green. Although this may seem to be a minor point, the foliage plays an important role in the storyline as color is embedded into your mental picture from the beginning.

The action that occurs is excellently thought out and the romantic encounters are not overdone. This novel is a great read and one that we would like to see a sequel to.

Pros

The author uses detailed descriptions of the character’s surroundings, whether it is on a planet or inside of a spaceship, to give you a sense of location and atmosphere. The way that the characters interact with those environments is fluid and easily believable.

The back stories that explain the reasons that each of the groups had for leaving Earth did not seem to be just thrown at the reader all at once, but were spaced out and mixed in a little at a time as the main characters worked with each of them.

The writing was clear, concise, and flowed very smoothly at a steady, even pace. The author worked well within the genre and didn’t throw unknown objects or technologies at the reader without plausible, if somewhat brief, descriptions of their origin or use.

Cons

The author did a good job describing environments and in Chapter 19, she describes the planet Greentrees as “…placid blue lakes, and if you ignored the foliages being a dull purple instead of green…” That was from a character’s point of view, from a flying craft called a skimmer.

Yet in Chapter 32, the author describes the planet as “The planet turned slowly below him, green and blue and white with clouds…” Huh?

After the second description of Greentrees, the story became jerky as the location had to be re-imagined with green, even though it was supposed to be purple from the air.

In Cheyenne (Native American Indian) culture, a life taken was to be punished by a life lost to appease the spirit. When one of the primary characters kills a Cheyenne brave, the tribal leader releases that character to the Mira Corporation leaders, to make it easier on any young Cheyenne children that may happen to get into trouble with Mira people in the future.

No consequence is handed to that person, under either legal system, and the explanation given was not satisfactory at all.

It was noted that the water was contaminated by organisms when the scientists tested it after they arrived on Greentrees. And yet one of the characters lived in an alien village with them for a couple days. She was accepted into the village naked, carrying nothing. Where did the water come from that they drank while living in that village?

 

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