RogerBW's Blog

Dark Matters, Michelle Diener 21 May 2024

2019 SF/romance, fourth of of its series. Lucy Harris has also been kidnapped from Earth into an alien civilisation…

But, with the initial trilogy complete, Diener paused in writing these books and came back from a different angle. Lucy has not been rescued by a heroic captain; instead she's been helped to break out of the lab where she was being studied, and is now trying to find her way to help on an alien planet, which turns out to be the Tecran homeworld (the race that's been doing all this kidnapping, though it's still not really clear why).

Meanwhile, after the events of the first three books, a treaty party has arrived to take control of the Tecran military and government for five years (after the previous kidnapping shenanigans, not to mention building the banned AI space battleships), and various factions don't want that to happen cleanly.

The core of the series is still there, but Lucy is quite a different character from the earlier heroines; all of these protagonists have dealt with their captivity by becoming mentally able to take any small advantage that lets them rescue themselves, but she gets a lot further on her own than the others before help arrives. And rather than being in the confines of a ship with only a few people aboard or even a space station, this book's set in a city on a planet, with crowds (some of them potentially sympathetic) and plenty of ways for the ungodly to hide.

Yes, all right, the basic plot is the recipe as before, but there's enough variation here to revive my interest.

[Buy this at Amazon] and help support the blog. ["As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases."]

Previous in series: Dark Minds | Series: Class 5 | Next in series: Dark Ambitions

Add A Comment

Your Name
Your Email
Your Comment

Your submission will be ignored if any field is left blank, but your email address will not be displayed. Comments will be processed through markdown.

Tags 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 3d printing action advent of code aeronautics aikakirja anecdote animation anime army astronomy audio audio tech aviation base commerce battletech beer boardgaming book of the week bookmonth chain of command children chris chronicle church of no redeeming virtues cold war comedy computing contemporary cornish smuggler cosmic encounter coup covid-19 crime crystal cthulhu eternal cycling dead of winter doctor who documentary drama driving drone ecchi economics en garde espionage essen 2015 essen 2016 essen 2017 essen 2018 essen 2019 essen 2022 essen 2023 existential risk falklands war fandom fanfic fantasy feminism film firefly first world war flash point flight simulation food garmin drive gazebo genesys geocaching geodata gin gkp gurps gurps 101 gus harpoon historical history horror hugo 2014 hugo 2015 hugo 2016 hugo 2017 hugo 2018 hugo 2019 hugo 2020 hugo 2021 hugo 2022 hugo 2023 hugo 2024 hugo-nebula reread in brief avoid instrumented life javascript julian simpson julie enfield kickstarter kotlin learn to play leaving earth linux liquor lovecraftiana lua mecha men with beards mpd museum music mystery naval noir non-fiction one for the brow opera parody paul temple perl perl weekly challenge photography podcast politics postscript powers prediction privacy project woolsack pyracantha python quantum rail raku ranting raspberry pi reading reading boardgames social real life restaurant reviews romance rpg a day rpgs ruby rust scala science fiction scythe second world war security shipwreck simutrans smartphone south atlantic war squaddies stationery steampunk stuarts suburbia superheroes suspense television the resistance the weekly challenge thirsty meeples thriller tin soldier torg toys trailers travel type 26 type 31 type 45 vietnam war war wargaming weather wives and sweethearts writing about writing x-wing young adult
Special All book reviews, All film reviews
Produced by aikakirja v0.1