Do you sometimes think your pet cat can read your mind? This is not an idle question in this SF story about a loner (Troy) who befriends some imprisoned animals and helps them escape captivity on a distant planet, far from earth. Troy was born on the wrong side of the tracks, but, through hard work and some innate ability, he is just starting to make his way in the world. Surprisingly, he finds he can communicate telepathically with captive animals - two cats, two foxes and an unusual animal called a kikajou. Their shared desire to escape unites them all against some unscrupulous dealers, gangsters and outland rangers.
The book begins well and reads well enough, as expected from such a popular writer. But the world it creates is never properly established. Although it's a central concept in the story, there was never any explanation as to why Troy and the animals can read each others' minds - they just can. Also, once the story establishes animal characters with the ability to communicate as if they were little humans, it automatically implies a much higher level of intelligence on the part of the animals than is normal for cats and foxes. How did all this come about? Also there are some premises set up in the first part of the book which are never fleshed out in any satisfying way. There is an intriguing buried city, built thousands of years ago, and as expected, Troy and his animal friends end up its underground caverns while they are escaping their pursuers. But nothing much happens down there, despite endless hints of the previous occupants.
Overall I was expecting more and was not satisfied at the end.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4733 KB
- Print Length: 200 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (1 December 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016LP32KM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 165 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #227,612 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)