City of Pearl

Karen Traviss
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Environmentalist SF


I enjoyed some aspects of the story and characters of City of Pearl. In particular, I enjoyed following the constantly worsening political situation between the three distinct alien races and humanity. However, I disliked the way the book’s potentially persuasive message was handed down with little debate or examination. I was also frustrated with how often a deliberate withholding of information played into the plot. I also felt that there much more focus on developing the ideologies of populations than of fleshing out individuals’ personalities and views. As a result, though the main characters—Shan and Aras—were interesting to follow, few members of the supporting cast were memorable to me.

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