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am 22. Dezember 2015
Now, I have to admit space opera is not quite my favorite genre, but of course that's not a reason to subtract stars... I'm going to try to be fair while judging this book. After all, I DID read it to the end, so it's far from horrible. Indeed it is, for fans of that particular genre, a perfectly acceptable book. It's actually quite well written - not a masterpiece of language, but a smooth narrative that's easy to read.
I even enjoyed the story quite a lot. The premise of the plot - sending a linguist on a first-contact mission - is perfectly okay with a lot of potential.
So, why only three stars for a perfectly nice book?
To put it bluntly: while this is not a "bad" book in any way, it's not an outstandingly "good" one either. It hardly re-invents the genre (hey, some scientists on a spaceship, I might have seen this... once or twice... haha), the alien is not particularly original (when I think first-contact story... um, this is no Solaris, 'nuff said) and, indeed, seems to act and think surprisingly human-like, and the main character is a classical Mary Sue (from a dramatic, tragic past to the super-skill that enables her to communicate with the alien in the first place). The secondary characters - including the main character's love interest - stay flat and uninteresting.
Actually, I believe this would work far better as a movie. It was clearly written with Hollywood in mind, anyway. (It even has the inevitable love story that is otherwise completely unnecessary for the actual plot.) So, I guess, three stars is about fair for a book that proved nice entertainment but is hardly genre-defining nor outstanding in any way.