*** Series was written before 2010 and first published in August 2012. Any similarities to today’s economic challenges are coincidental.***
Two hundred years of tender love between man and alien, political downfalls, wanton violence of unspeakable order tempered with laughter, family loyalty and hope is the thrilling vehicle by which Ms. Accinni conveys her cautionary tale of the merciless disrespect man gives his planet and the vulnerable creatures entrusted to him.
I was very excited to read this series and dived straight in, but soon enough I considered pulling out of reviewing these books altogether. I like to give good reviews – usually 4 or 5 stars, and certainly no less than 3. If I’m going to give less than a 3 star I stop reading. No author needs a bad review and I sure as hell won’t give one.
Reviews are subjective points of views, after all. They should be considered harmless observations, but can the truth is they can be harmful. This is why I must stress this is NOT bad review! If it was, I wouldn’t have written it.
With that out of the way, here’s what I thought:
It took several attempts for me to get into this series and in the end I read it mostly dispassionately. Not because this author is a hack, but because I just couldn’t ‘attach’ or feel involved for whatever reason. I still went back to it, on and off, while reading other books, trying to get through it for two reasons:
1. Because I agreed to review this.
2. Because I’m supposed to love it (it’s won all those awards and has an incredible almost 5 star average throughout the series – think there are around 6-7 books in total – I mean, people love it!) I wanted to love it.
But the truth is, I didn’t like the characters and if that ever happens with me I find little else to latch onto. I’m a character kind of gal! For this reason, although the theme of this series is an important one, I couldn’t relate on a human level enough to care about the people in this series.
Yes, I realise this is fiction, but the political landscape and overt lectures only served to rile me rather than move me. And the relationship between the alien and human – especially when the alien in my head looked like the one on the cover above – just didn’t ring true. I’ve believed in humans falling for blood sucking vampires and even rotting zombies, but not this.
Also, there’s a lot of violence. I’m not averse to violence in itself, nor am I a ‘sensitive reader,’ if it adds to the story. I’m unsure that all the violence in this series was always required in such graphic detail. Especially the rape.
What I did approve of was the idea behind the series, the quality of writing, and the message that humanity is a selfish giant who needs to take a step back before we find empty store cupboards – a planet devoid of resources – and a need for the abuse of power in all its guises (particularly against animals, as highlighted here) to desist before it’s too late. These are not easy matters to discuss in fiction, and although I think the author’s been heavy-handed with the message, it‘s still a very worthy message.
I therefore give the first three books in this 3 stars overall. But I won’t be continuing with the rest of the series.
PLEASE read some of the other reviews before deciding. Thousands of people LOVE this series, so I might just be missing something. I advise you to read the sample and if you get into it, find out what YOU think! I hope you love it like the majority of readers.
So, have you read this series? What did you think of it? Can you add a positive argument for all of the above? Please let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading. XX