In defiance of NASA, Jane Holloway, the linguist of the Providence expedition, commandeers the alien ship that crew explored. She sets off to return that ship's marooned navigator to his home world, determined to discover who was behind the genocide that destroyed his original crew.
But when she gets there, she finds his world devastated by the same plague. The remaining members of his race, uniquely gifted at navigating the stars, are stranded across the galaxy. And someone, it seems, doesn't want those lost navigators to be found.
As Jane unravels the mystery of the plague and works to ensure the survival of Ei'Brai's race, she discovers that the life of every sentient being in the galaxy may be in jeopardy, and the clock is ticking.
©2016 Jennifer Foehner Wells (P)2016 Jennifer Foehner Wells
The use of two narrators is distracting and limits the text. This is not theatre and only serves to reduce the broader experience a reader/listener can experience. Theatre is a different language and achieves a depth by other means; this confusion of the two is a reduction in either form (theatre is written differently). The beauty of text is that it allows imagination; we are quite capable of hearing a feminine or masculine voice without it being made obvious. This does the author a disservice.
I read the first book in this series and enjoyed it, so when I found the sequel on audio I thought I'd give it a try. There were things I didn't like about the first book, but the likable characters and interesting story line carried me through, enough so that I wanted to find out what happens next. Sad to say I didn't make it to the end of this book.
This book suffers from the same issues I had with the first book... the author tends to go into too much detail, and over-explains things rather than trusting the reader to follow what's going on. I also found some of the alien technology didn't ring true. Yeah I know, it's alien, it's fiction, but even so it needs to make a certain sense, and for me it didn't. Likewise I found some of the conclusions the characters came to about what was happening seemed a bit odd.
I didn't make it that far, my issues with the narration and the pacing meant that, while I wanted to find out what happened, I didn't want it enough to listen through to the end.
I could have forgiven issues I have with the writing (as I did in the first book) if it weren't for the audio book narration. The male reader was fine, but the female read speaks *very* slowly. Even in the action sequences where the characters are frantically running around trying to stay alive she ... reads ... at ... a ... slow ... methodical... carefully... enunciated... pace. It felt like she was deliberately talking slowly to make sure she enunciated every work correctly. This made it impossible for me to get swept up by the action. Combined with the (to me) excessive detail in the text, it meant the book seemed to really drag.
About 4 hours in she loosens up and starts speaking at a more normal pace.
I like the characters and the overall story arc. I'd like to know what happens next, but I think I'll buy the eBook and read it at my own pace.
"Another Amazing Sci-Fi Masterpiece"
I must say that for such a (relatively) unknown author, Jennifer Foehner Wells is definitely one of my top 5 favorite sci-fi authors. This book series is well written, exciting, and hard to put down. This book, while slightly slower than the last, is truly a great story and a great setup for what I hope will be more than just a trilogy.
Jane takes the ship back to its origins and Ei'Brai's home. They discover that the plague that devastated the ship in the first book wrought havoc on the the technologically advanced system. While attempting to land on a moon, the shuttle crashes in the unforgiving environment where they make friends and enemies alike. Taking on several new crew members prior to departing, Jane leads the ship on a journey to rescue as many of Ei'Brai's kind as she can from presumably drifting ships. In the process, she discovers the true origins of the plague and a whole new enemy to the sentient races of the galaxy that may have allied themselves with the swarm.
The narration by Susanna Burney was as top-notch as it was in the previous book. The addition of Mark Linden to narrate Ei'Brai and Alan was a good choice and I hope that future books will keep both narrators.
I would HIGHLY recommend that anyone looking to purchase this book read the first book in the series before this one. Even though the author gives some of the backstory as a refresher, I think that most readers are going to be lost and appreciate the book far less than they would have if they had only started with the first book.
5 stars all around for this excellent sci-fi adventure!
I hated it. It ended. LOL. Seriously it is a good book and the ending and story sets things up for the possibility of many more sequels. I am looking forward to the next one. The author has a great storyline. Would be nice to see further character development of all the characters. The narrators do a good job and help differentiate between the 2 main characters making it much easier to track. Overall, enjoyable book and looking forward to next book in the series.
"I really wanted to love this book"
"Fluency" - Book 1 of the series - is a lovely book with a compelling female protagonist - something fairly rare in this genre. It is wondrously creative with a new and important voice.
But "Remanence" (Book 2) is incomprehensible.
I'm hardly a newbie to either SF or to audiobooks or to writing. But darn! This book was just impossible. For instance, the reader is left to wonder about characters/creatures/suppositions mentioned with no backstory or introduction. And if you think you'll get the same seat-grabbing Chapter One that was so effective in "Fluency", well, you won't.
Should I return the book? Normally I would. For an experienced reader, hearing ⅓ of a book is enough to make a fair judgement, to understand what the book is doing, where it is going, what the writer is saying.
In this case, though, I could be wrong.
I will take the opportunity to hear "Fluency" again - something I don't normally do without many years intervening, there being so much great writing out there. I will hear "Fluency" again, and then I will start "Remanence" from the beginning.
Ms. Wells is a talented new voice to be welcomed into the world of SF, a genre woefully short of the female point of view.
She touts her editors on her web page. Fine. I offer unsolicited advice: get someone new to read your stuff.
This is the big league.
Great continuation of the story, good character development and the love scenes were not overly graphic!
"A great read"
Couldn't put it down. A different more personal sci-fi style. looking forward to more.
"Not as intresting as the first book "Fluency""
Book is slow and not as exciting as Fluency. This book is a fill in to the next book. I hope the next one is more interesting.
"another home run"
This series has been one of the best I have listen to in a long time. Great story with equally great narration,can't wait for the next installment
"Well F*!? , S*?#, F&$!"
I don't even really know what to say about this abhorrent book. It's full of weak characters and even sillier situations. It is full of the presumably the author's political views which are at BEST tangential to the story line... such as it is. this is all accompanied by unnecessary profanity by the hollow attempt at a masculine character. All that said, the "concept" was tenable initially, but as the book continued it became less sci Fi and far more pre-teen romance novel. It was really a bad book, certainly worse than the first, which wasn't great to begin with... Oh, and if the main character cries one more time I will literally lose my lunch.
I think the second book suffered a bit of a sophomore jinx, as it seemed to totally shift from a lot of what I found refreshing in the First book. Perhaps I read too many Sci-Fi novels, but the “Humanity is the Secret Sauce” plot device is heavily overused. It is the fundamental twist is 4-5 of these relatively new Sci-Fi writers I’ve been reading, and it’s tiresome and a bit boring. The other knock is the frantic action required for every little thing. I liken this to a move with 2 or 3 action set pieces of value and significance, vice the massive conflict to get from the bedroom to the bathroom to the kitchen to the… I am hopefully for the next book, as I think the deeper underlying sci-fi universe of this world is filled with great potential, but these cliché plot devices are boring and tiresome, especially since there seems to be the SAME plot for every new sci-fi author.
"Almost better than the first, but...."
I enjoyed the two narrators. The story developed more depth in book 2, yet parts of the story tended to lag, particularly when action sequences slow down because of discussions over cultural issues (the timing and placement of these moments slowed things down) - especially the long gender tangent during an important turn of events for another main character! Seriously - the "coming of age" party stalled great plot momentum. Lost some steam at that point and didn't really regain speed. And the ending....not sure what was going on the last hour of the book. Seemed like trying to tackle too much. Could have ended the book sooner and maybe included the last bit in book 3.
However, overall enjoyed the continuance of the storyline from Fluency. Exciting series!
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