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Title: Reading The Wind
Genre:
Science Fiction
Sub-genre: Military

Type: Novel
Page Count: 450
Size:  Hardcover:
     9.2x6.4x1.4 inches
           Mass-market:
      6.7x4.1x1.2 inches
Cover: Color, art
Illustrations: n/a

Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN-10: 9780765315984
ISBN-13: 978-0765355102          
Other Books In Series:
    The Silver Ship and the Sea
    Wings of Creation
 

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Daneille Ackley-McPhail

01-31-2010
Reviewed for MilSciFi.com by,
"Danielle Ackley-McPhail"


I must preface this review by saying that I had just the slightest trouble getting in to the first book in this series. I mention this because it is such a pronounced difference from my experience with Riding the Wind. From the first page to the last, I could not wait to find out what happened next. This is one of those rare sequels that exceed already high expectation. Unfortunately, I think it is also one of those sequels where you absolutely must read the first book beforehand to get the full appreciation of the story.

Sundered by hard choices Chleo and the altered youths left behind on Fremont must relearn their place in society, now with their numbers and support sharply diminished; not an easy task for Kayleen, the one left behind in the village, Aristos, amid distrust, and even hatred. Harsh feelings are soon swept away, however, by a mutual desire to survive.

Vengeance stemming from the original colony war has landed on Fremont and threatens both altered and original humans alike. If they are to survive and hold their homes it will take everything they have until hated differences transform into final hope.

I will not tell more about the events of the story itself, because I do not wish to take away from the readerís experience, but I will say that the writing is superb and the wordcrafting masterful. Cooper deals with many difficult topics in these 450 pages and she does so with skill and grace. I am, without doubt, waiting eagerly for the third book.

Score: 9.5 out of 10.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

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