Wednesday, 20 February 2013

The Best of All Possible Worlds

Sci-fi....purely sci-fi but heavy on the side. Presenting The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord.

Here is the summary of the book:

A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever. Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race—and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far-reaching ramifications. As their mission hangs in the balance, this unlikely team—one cool and cerebral, the other fiery and impulsive—just may find in each other their own destinies . . . and a force that transcends all. “This fascinating and thoughtful science fiction novel breaks out of the typical conflict-centered narrative paradigm to examine adaptation, social change, and human relationships. I’ve not read anything quite like it, which it makes that rare beast: a true original.”—Kate Elliott, author of the Crown of Stars series and the Spiritwalker Trilogy

A beautiful prose, some heavy off-world sci-fi scenarios and the cross-species romance platform. As I write this review on this valentine's day....well i'm writing this review on valentine's day ....i have no idea when I could post it so just go with the flow guys....

Well I will say this that I could not finish this. I liked the cover alright....the original reason for my attraction to request it on netgalley but i couldn't finish it. Maybe I had too much pressure on me of work and assignments that are approaching deadline but the way it droned on and on bored me as soon as I reached the middle of the book. As far as the sci-fi factor is considered.....aside from the weird off-world alien names I wasn't able to envision the futuristic world the author penned in her book.

I'd quote, Ms. Lord, I think spent more time in world building and not much in making the characters believable though at all.

"Sorry....I was expecting much more"

Genre :      Sci-fi, Speculative Fiction

Publisher: Del Ray

My Copy Netgalley and Publisher

Rate:              2/5 (It was Ok)


  1. It's a shame you couldn't finish this. I always appreciate good world-building, but that should never be at the expense of everything else. Great review!



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