Young Midshipman Ichiro Sato joined the Terran Navy to escape a tyrannical father and find freedom among the stars. He had no idea when he boarded the survey starship Aurora for his first assignment that he and his crew would make humanity’s first contact with a sentient alien species. In an uncharted star system where Aurora’s crew discovers two planets inhabited by a non-human civilization, Aurora is disabled by gigantic alien starships before she can escape. Boarded by nightmarish blue-skinned warriors with claws and fangs, the aliens learn all there is to know about the ship, including all its stored information about humanity, before the crew is slaughtered in a series of ritual combats. Ichiro, the sole survivor, is returned to Earth as a messenger to warn of the aliens’ coming invasion of human space.
My understanding is that this is actually not the first book that was written in the In Her Name series but it is the first one in the chronological order of the actual story. It’s the book that the author recommends to start with so it’s what I did. Actually, I kind of stumbled on this book series when I found the author’s site and discovered that the first book in the series was actually a free download. I had seen them before on various sites but I had always hesitated since I wasn’t really sure that it was my style of books.
It’s a book that have a lot of things in it that I like in it. Plenty of action, both in space and on the ground, an alien invasion of giant blue amazons and some interesting characters. The action, fleet maneuvers etc. are believable and quite well written as well.
So why then did I give it a not so stellar rating? It’s because of the basic story behind the book which really bugs me. We have this race of aliens which are hugely more advanced than the humans. Okay, fine so far.
Then we learn that they are actually dying as a race but we never get to know why. Sure we might guess that it’s because their males seems to have degenerated into “something” but we never really get to know much about that.
We also find that these aliens seems to seek out other civilizations to wage war on them. I can live with that as well. However, these extremely advanced beings now downgrade their tech so that it will be a challenge to fight the humans. What the f…? This is just so nonsense to me. It’s not consistent either because when the fighting starts they quickly disable the human communication links which was now puts the humans at a big disadvantage.
This ruins a lot of the fun in reading this book. It’s not really fun to read about the efforts of the heroes when you know that every time the humans manage to get a win it’s because the aliens let them for some absurd reason.
I have marked the second book in the series as to-read as well because I ‘m kind of curious to see where the entire thing goes but I cannot say that I am in a hurry to pick it up. Especially not since the second book in the Odyssey One series by Evan C. Currie comes out today on Kindle :-).