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!
"No plan survives contact with the enemy"
Remanence is book 2 of Jennifer Foehner Wells' Confluence series. Jane has defied NASA and attempted to return the alien spacecraft with the one surviving alien back to its "home" system" only to find that the other alien race that employed the squid-like alien for interstellar travel has been reduced to a pre-industrial state. After some bumbling efforts at diplomacy and cultural appreciation, her crew has become a bit larger and embarks on learning what has become of these former sentient and highly capable beings only to discover the galaxy's menagerie of destructive elements is larger than previously thought.
The sci-fi elements focus mainly on alien life forms and their unique cultural peccadilloes. Jane's squid-buddy and his race oscillates between a train pet and a megalomaniac. The humanoid race is rather unremarkable except perhaps for their rabid vegetarianism which is a bit at odds with their past accomplishments. While the plot is compelling, the story drags with too much anthropomorphic qualities among the aliens. At the same time, the number of unconsummated trysts between Allan and Jane swings between a mundane romance novel and a rom-com teleplay. Jane is the magnet and the only driver of action, while everyone else is just along for the ride, both humans and aliens so character motivation is lacking.
The choice for two narrators, male and female was a nice touch as the point of view shifts from Jane to Allan to squid. Range of voices and pacing are adequate.
"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!
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.
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.
"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
"Write faster! "
This is a great followup to a great book. I was honestly surprised by how good it is. I expected this book to be a bit cheesy. When humans are depicted as making a rapid jump in technology the result is often less than credible. Not so here. The transition was handled expertly; and, most importantly, the result is believable.
The characters are well developed, even more so than the first book. They are people, and aliens, we can care about.
The only fault I can find is in the series itself; the books are just too slow in coming. Okay, I know, I'm not the one doing the writing here. Patience, I keep telling myself. And despite the admonition, I wait impatiently for the next book in this great series.
"a nice story better than the first nothing i can"
a nice story better than the first not an epic tail but the author never wanted it to be one in the first place, my only complaint is I wish the book was longer. Now I can't wait for book 3 to see what happens next
"Loved it! I am hooked and want more now!!!"
it was an agonizing wait for Book 2, but very worth it. New characters with complex intricacies, planets with different life, Jennifer's imagination is great thing to experience. although I was not crazy about the two voice actors it didn't retract from the story much. I can't wait for the next installment. please hurry, but not too much. you have a lot to live up to.
"Change in narrator ruins an otherwise great story"
buy in print
the Shan Frankland novels crossed with farscape perhaps
The narrator changed half way through from a female narrator with a talent for accents and an extremely relaxing voice to a man who's accents all for some reason sound like a bad impression of someone from Bangladesh
I couldn't go on following the change in narrator
"Tells a good story in a bad way."
I loved Fluency. It was full of new things to experience and told a great fresh story. This book left me with mixed feelings.
The basic story is still a good one, but nowhere near as interesting as the first one. Pace is waay slower (apart for the ending). New characters introduced are a mixed bunch. Some great and interesting. Some just annoying (indeed, indeed, indeed...).
The "sex chapters" I could do without. They read like bad adolescent bodice rippers.
Narrators are doing a good job and Susanna Burney still enunciates like no narrator I've ever listened to.
I feel that I will not buy the next book in the series. Too bad really, since the core story is good. It feels like the author have created a story bigger than her writing talent can handle. Too bad. I really wanted to like this.
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