Genre: science fiction
Length: 376 pages
Setting: An extrasolar planet, far future
Interest: A random book picked off my Kindle because the title started with a letter I didn’t have. One of the downsides of picked a random book based solely on the title is I didn’t realize (although I had some suspicions) that this was the third book in the Chaos Chronicles series. When I got to the end and saw “Continued in…”, my suspicions were confirmed. I checked, though, and didn’t even have the first book on my Kindle.
Summary: John Bandicut, a human, is traveling in a star-spanner bubble with three aliens – Ik, Li-Jared, and Antares. Each has a pair of translator stones so they can talk to each other, and Bandicut also has an alien, the quarx, residing in his brain. The star-spanner takes them to an ocean planet, where they make contact with the Neri. The Neri are an amphibious race having difficulties. Their underwater factories have inexplicably stopped working, they’ve been clashing with some land-based aliens when salvaging undersea wrecks, and there’s an anomaly in the abyss that threatens their undersea cities, as well as the surface dwellers. The group in the star-spanner is able to use their translator stone and personal expertise to solves the problems.
Final thoughts: An interesting enough story. Nothing to rave about, but it hit all its points well. I enjoyed reading about the underwater society of the Neri and watching Bandicut and his companions grapple with the new society and try to figure out why they were sent to that planet. Interludes back on Triton (where Bandicut started) and the very end hint at a larger problem the translator stones are trying to address. I think I’ll start at the beginning of the series and see how Bandicut go to this point. Just as a heads-up, there is a bit of alien/human sex in the book. It’s not too graphic, but may still bring it out of the “appropriate” column for the younger audience.
Title comes from: The planet that was setting for the book had an underwater society and lots of ocean.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 40/100 in my 100 Book Challenge, and an I in my Title Alphabet Soup Challenge
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