Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Crossing the Line
Book 2 in the Wess'har Wars Cycle by Karen Traviss. This picks up right where the first book leaves off. As is usual in the second book of a series characters are redrawn and then progress. Some of the "identity markers" are heavyhanded in the beginning,but once again I believe that is so readers that missed the first book could keep up.
There is an escalation into the peering into the dark soul of man through the eyes of outsiders.
I certainly wish the view wasn't as close to mine!
I have long suspected that humanity is on the very bottom rung of the ladder to civilization. This book exposes the arrogance of architecture, the collector mentality, and the evils of uncontrolled population growth. Mix a little "Silent Spring" and a Vegan diet into an off-world colony, top with immortal warriors and pheromonically dominant matriarchs.
Serve with a slice of sincerity and an unblinking approach to the barbarism of man.