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After about pages, I can say I like to read about Bren's bodyguards and Ilsidi, who is my favorite character of the bunch. The universe of stars is boundless.
Or it is not. Certainly it doesn't consult us. What a lady! The structure of the book was eerily similar to the first one - the first half was slow and filled with detail, and the last pages were almost an exact replica of the first book: violence, Bren's worldview turned upside down, and a cliffhanger. It did provide a chance to see how Bren't behavior changed, but alas, deja-vu was almost too much for me. I hope the neyt book brings something new to the table, because I'm not that interested in Bren to follow his character through same situations over and over again.
There must be some action, some assertion of the legitimate human authority. Every day you spend preparing - we may lose lives. Feb 19, Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: science-fiction.
Well, the Goodreads description is about useless for book 2 of the Foreigner series. The premise of the book is pandhi Bren Cameron is hastily called back to the Atevi government and politics when the starship Phoenix suddenly appears in the sky above the planet after a year absence. Bren must now deal with an Atevi population who fears the ship is going to burst upon them with death rays, his predecessor Diana Hanks presence which is in violation of the Treaty established after Phoenix aban Well, the Goodreads description is about useless for book 2 of the Foreigner series.
Bren must now deal with an Atevi population who fears the ship is going to burst upon them with death rays, his predecessor Diana Hanks presence which is in violation of the Treaty established after Phoenix abandoned the planet the first time, and his own government which to all outward appearances has cut him off. To top off his difficulties, he finds out his girl friend has married someone else.
For starters, this is not an action filled book. The reader spends most of the time wallowing in Bren's musings about what it is to be the only human in the Atevi world, how he must constantly guard his expressions and watch his emotions because he cannot afford to mix human emotions with Atevi thoughts. However, Invader is much better than Foreigner.
It pulls the reader right along: Bren is not sitting around wallowing as he was in the first one, but seems to actually have a part in the action this time. Don't get me wrong - there is still a fair amount of self-pity wallowing going on as he tries to work though his girl friends marriage - but it has a context. My biggest complaint is Bren always asking about his guards, "Where is Banichi?
Where is Jago? Get over it! Then they are suddenly there and Bren is still asking about one or the other.
Invader: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 2 (Unabridged) on Apple Books
But overall, a delightful read, not to sloggish for a Cherryh book and I already have the next one on order. Dec 23, Shawna Coronado rated it liked it Shelves: scifi. I am interested in the characters, but find the politics difficult and uninteresting. Jul 26, Ted Cooper rated it liked it. The burn is so slow. It is strangely meditative to watch Bren freak out in paranoid circles for a while, decide he knows what's going on, and later realize he got it about half right, over and over and over again.
Names and words and ideas gain surreal intensity as they are repeated over, and over, and over again. Banichi and Jago's even-keeled wit and consistent unwillingness to take the bait when Bren tries to make things interpersonally weird soothes us time after time, whispering to The burn is so slow.
Banichi and Jago's even-keeled wit and consistent unwillingness to take the bait when Bren tries to make things interpersonally weird soothes us time after time, whispering to us that there are grown ups quietly watching over as we fumble, ready to save us from ourselves. Tabini is that dad who answers nonsense to questions he doesn't want to address and spares us from the whole truth of this harsh world, but has a wink and a fruit candy at the ready and our best interests at heart right?
We cannot let go in this firm embrace, though. Oh no. We must maintain constant vigilance for those moments where dad's incomplete grasp of the cultural interface could engender a misstep where he is blind, and we must then somehow temper his overwhelming will to keep it all from coming crashing down. There is no quarter here. Who else in the family could save us? Whose wisdom is absolute? Keep going, shit gets real in a few more books Nov 23, Minki Pool rated it really liked it. I don't know what it is with these books. Again, very little happened.
Bren obsesses about cultural differences. Bren writes letters and attends meetings. Bren obsesses more. Bren gets shot at a bit, which, again, wasn't the fascinating part of the book.
Foreigner: Invader 2 by C. J. Cherryh (1996, Paperback)
There is some travelling. Some playing of darts. Some bro-crushing on Bren's part, followed by some more obsessing about the fact that his bros can't and won't crush back because they're not human. More obsessing about politics. There is awkward I don't know what it is with these books. There is awkward and mutually incomprehensible conversation with Jago, which is ultimately unsatisfying for everyone, in more than one way.
Then there's more uninteresting violence. And through all of this I can't put the damn book down.
I love every minute of it - even the borings parts - and I'm already reading Inheritor. Because I can't help myself. Like I said, I don't know what it is about these books I thought this book was much faster paced than the first in the series. Bren still spends a lot of time inside his own hear, second guessing what he's done, but his backbone if firming! I'm listening to this series and enjoy the narrator.
The world building has been great so far. This second in the series does end rather abruptly and is a real cliffhanger. I have purchased the next two installments, but will likely let a couple of months pass before moving to the next. I am enjoying the series.