Book Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Book Series: Probability Trilogy #1
Released: 9/16/2002 by Tor
Pages:334 Price: $6.99 Paperback
Source: I own a copy of this book
Earth is an environmental disaster area when humanity gains new hope: a star gate is discovered in the solar system, built by a long-gone alien race. Earth establishes extrasolar colonies and discovers alien races–including the warlike Fallers, the only spacefaring race besides humans. Mysterious, uncommunicative, and relentlessly bent on humanity’s extinction, the Fallers have mastered the star gates, and are closing in on earth.
Dr. Bazargan commands the scientific team sent to a newly discovered world to study its humanoid natives: beings who literally perceive only one reality. To lie is to be unreal–and condemned to death. The humans must flee for their lives across the unknown planet when they and the aliens learn the scientific mission is a lie. It’s the cover for a secret military exploration of the moon Tas, which is another artifact of the gate-makers: a superweapon capable of annihilating all life in a star system, and already known to the Fallers.
I’m going to do something I rarely do. Review a book that I did not finish. I made it all the way to page 172 in this one and just couldn’t go on even though I already own all the books in the trilogy. It simply wasn’t working for me and I’ll tell you why in a minute. I’m a bit disappointed, however, as I’ve really been enjoying the books I’ve read by this author. This one simply isn’t for me and I’m going to walk away before it turns me against the author and prevents me from picking up another book by her.
So what happened? Not a whole hell of a lot actually. That was my biggest problem. I spent much of the book waiting for something to happen. Or to learn more about this conflict with the Fallers, by the time I left there had been only one brief scene with the ‘bad guys’ in the whole book and it fell flat. We kept learning how awful they were but by all indication, there seemed to be little interaction between the two species. Instead much of what I read was read was about a scientific exploration team on this new planet as they learn about the lives of Worlders who perceive reality differently from humans. It is a less developed race technologically and I had to suppress my desire to quote Star Trek’s prime directive in regards to interfering with a less developed race. Anyway. The book was just picking up but the death of two characters soured me for reading on. They didn’t seem to have much to add to the plot beyond being sacrificial lambs that spur the remaining characters into action.
After finishing more than half of the book there simply wasn’t anything or anyone keeping me connected to the story. The characters felt stiff and I never learned their names properly. The book did start promising but simply fell apart for me. I do look forward to reading more books by this author but will not be continuing with this trilogy.
My Rating: DNF