Starbound by Dave Bara
The sequel to ‘Impulse’ is full of action, contentious ‘romance’, weird racial intimations and non system compliance. There is dull action, dull plotting and a potentially interesting space soap dies under a realm of technobabble, incoherent grievances and a preoccupation with ‘romance’. I don’t care about the wastrel characters and am expunging this series from my reading list.
“I quietly hoped she was as good at interstellar geolocation as I thought she was.”
The Planet Pirates Volume 1: Sassinak by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon
This 1990 novel is dated with talk of language tapes, videos, teaching tapes and has realms of technobabble. It also has made up languages like Neo-Gaesh, Harish, Innish-Ire and Standard that all seem to be English. Anyway in the future pirates raid colonies and either kill people or seize them as slaves. Sassinak is a child when her colony of Myriad is raided and her family killed and she is enslaved. A fellow slave named Abe is Fleet and helps her to survive. After babbling about cold sleep, Conditioning and Discipline, the Federation of Sentient Planets show up and Sassinak and Abe are rescued by page 34.
Cue more babbling about Old Terra, fluxnet and Abe calling himself a gimpy crip. Sassinak goes to the Fleet Academy with no PTSD. Human are all vegans now. At the Academy Sassinak meets various aliens and encounters xenophobia and attempted rape. The Paraden clan are obvious baddies and the Weft, Seti, Ssli, Ryxi and Thek aliens don’t do much apart from the mineral life form Thek eating transuranics. Heavyworlders moan about their lot.
From the author of the ‘Pern’ and ‘Tower and Hive’ novels comes this future that has no internet bizarre plot contrivances, a space Fleet that can’t stop slavers - which shakes the public faith a little and a cover that shows a hairdo from another century wearing 80’s-tastic shoulder pads. People show bias to aliens and trashumans and the Paraden family’s widespread participation in evil is blatantly painfully obvious. The world building makes no sense, the plot makes no sense and this is like a bad ‘Star Trek’ fanfic.
“A swarm of adults tried to overwhelm the pod with sheer numbers, even as they died, but not before Sass what had halted it. Her parents had thrown themselves into the tracks to jam them.”
“Eating fish? Eating life forms?”
“She Garvis went crazy and attacked the class with an ore cutter.”
“A good brawl intruded on common sense.”