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Falaha's Journey: A Spacegirl's Account in Three Movements Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00LGXSFAW
- Publisher : Jeno Marz; 1st edition (1 July 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 820 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 688 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,073,503 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Before I try to summarize the story line, here are the items that I found annoying, or worse. First, the social set-up that Falaha belonged to together with the other beings of human origin was complex, with a number of contrived and gibberish terms to describe them, making it difficult to follow what was happening. There was a totally inadequate glossary at the end with many of the names and terms I wished to check on omitted. Second, there were two different types of artifacts carried in the blood of certain of the characters that gave them enhanced powers; the powers were more related to fantasy stories rather than SF - more like Gandalf stretching out his hands to blast someone to eternity with internally generated power than the kind of abilities an advanced human might have. Third, the story was enthused with "romance" between Falaha and of the male characters - in itself no bad thing but I recall that Falhala as 6 years old and the romance consisted of the characters leaning on each others shoulders and repeatedly blushing when there feelings were referred to: this happened on many occasions throughout the book. Because of the ages of the characters involved, there was no sex!! Fourth, the story developed at a snail's pace, with large chunks involving descriptions of the social setups; Action Man would have done away with himself after the first few chapters - as I almost did. Fifth, I found it difficult to cope with Jeno Marz's style of writing. In particular, she had the habit of asking questions throughout the text, so that after an occurrence was recorded, there followed a list of sometimes many question (on one page, I counted 13 such questions}. I suppose that the intention was to prod the reader into considering the possible significance/cause/outcome of events. I expect that eventually, the questions were answered but by the time they were, the questions had long been forgotten.
Falaha's Journey is a series of 3 novels, loosely described as space opera. She belongs to a species of humanoid aliens, the Danna, but I am unclear whether they originally evolved from humans. The Danna are in the process of abandoning their home galaxy and making their way to a last refuge, Kan Diona. The story starts with a simple rescue mission launched from a vast spaceship but inspite of warning, the missions turns turns into a complex nightmare. The Danna, with their newly rescued companions, then attempt to save their people. Finally, a gruesome discovery draws the attention of a powerful enemy. Will they achieve their aim?
Perhaps I am simply being unreasonable as the premise of the trilogy seems sound. Perhaps you ought to try the epic yourself?
I think the greatest thing about this story is the worldbuilding. Spectacular, imaginative technology, formidable alien foes that really make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, and an intricate backdrop where cultural history mixes with the personal lives of the characters. You get it all - and more!
What I found difficult, sometimes, was to form an emotional engagement with the characters, in part because of their alien nature, in part because the story relentlessly tugs you deeper and deeper into its core, not allowing for much respite. And the worldbuilding truly is this story's strong point!
Although Falaha and her companions are memorable, what I found stuck to me even long after I read the story, were her enemies. Fantastic creatures! I strongly suggest you meet them...