In defiance of NASA, Jane Holloway, the linguist of the Providence expedition, commandeers the alien ship that crew explored. She sets off to return that ship's marooned navigator to his home world, determined to discover who was behind the genocide that destroyed his original crew.
But when she gets there, she finds his world devastated by the same plague. The remaining members of his race, uniquely gifted at navigating the stars, are stranded across the galaxy. And someone, it seems, doesn't want those lost navigators to be found.
As Jane unravels the mystery of the plague and works to ensure the survival of Ei'Brai's race, she discovers that the life of every sentient being in the galaxy may be in jeopardy, and the clock is ticking.
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Let down by the narration
I read the first book in this series and enjoyed it, so when I found the sequel on audio I thought I'd give it a try. There were things I didn't like about the first book, but the likable characters and interesting story line carried me through, enough so that I wanted to find out what happens next. Sad to say I didn't make it to the end of this book.
This book suffers from the same issues I had with the first book... the author tends to go into too much detail, and over-explains things rather than trusting the reader to follow what's going on. I also found some of the alien technology didn't ring true. Yeah I know, it's alien, it's fiction, but even so it needs to make a certain sense, and for me it didn't. Likewise I found some of the conclusions the characters came to about what was happening seemed a bit odd.
I didn't make it that far, my issues with the narration and the pacing meant that, while I wanted to find out what happened, I didn't want it enough to listen through to the end.
I could have forgiven issues I have with the writing (as I did in the first book) if it weren't for the audio book narration. The male reader was fine, but the female read speaks *very* slowly. Even in the action sequences where the characters are frantically running around trying to stay alive she ... reads ... at ... a ... slow ... methodical... carefully... enunciated... pace. It felt like she was deliberately talking slowly to make sure she enunciated every work correctly. This made it impossible for me to get swept up by the action. Combined with the (to me) excessive detail in the text, it meant the book seemed to really drag.
About 4 hours in she loosens up and starts speaking at a more normal pace.
I like the characters and the overall story arc. I'd like to know what happens next, but I think I'll buy the eBook and read it at my own pace.