A really interesting and compelling trilogy about telepathic alien squids, intrepid deep space travel and first encounters with alien cultures. I very..Show More » much enjoyed the pacing and the sci-fi elements of Wells' work. She clearly has researched and thought out all of the concepts (from culture to society and science) she introduces. I also like the idea of humans being the legendary and mythic race in galactic history.
Unfortunately, it does suffer from an obligatory romantic sub plot that frankly drags down and distracts from the interesting stuff. The main romantic interest is written like a jerk who calculates every move to get into bed with the protagonist, and sulking when he doesn't get his way. Also I got tired of the protagonist throwing 'tremulous smiles' at him. Disappointing, as her relationship with the alien squid is far more nuanced, proving that Wells can write complex relationships. Just apparently not between humans.
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 ca..Show More »n 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.