I'm conflicted about rating this boxed set. For the plot of two galaxy-wide empires battling for control of Earth and then trying to influence a prophecy based upon the rise of a human empire led by Jon Pike, I'll give FIVE stars. For the recounting of battles, THREE and a HALF stars. For conversations among and between characters which appear to be somewhat simplistic or basic in their structure, TWO or THREE stars. The books did grow on me which shows that the author slowly dragged me into the possible outcome of events by the growth of the characters, the tension as events unfolded, and the improvement of the writing. I'm interested enough to continue reading the series. OVERALL 3.5 STARS.