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From Publishers Weekly----- In this tantalizing prequel to Czerneda's Trade Pact Universe trilogy (A Thousand Words for Stranger, etc.), the roots of the Clan refugees are revealed. On the planet Cersi, the seven Om'ray clans coexist with the technologically superior Tikitik and Oud, who maintain peace by banning change. Aryl Sarc, a young Om'ray of the Yena Clan, hides heFrom Publishers Weekly----- In this tantalizing prequel to Czerneda's Trade Pact Universe trilogy (A Thousand Words for Stranger, etc.), the roots of the Clan refugees are revealed. On the planet Cersi, the seven Om'ray clans coexist with the technologically superior Tikitik and Oud, who maintain peace by banning change. Aryl Sarc, a young Om'ray of the Yena Clan, hides her forbidden psychic abilities, but when a UFO attacks Yena harvesters, Aryl teleports her best friend, Bern, to safety, while others die, including her brother. The Tikitik then abduct Aryl and set her to spy on the off-world Strangers who may have sent the UFO. Human researcher Marcus Bowman's fact-finding mission on Cersi becomes inextricably linked to Aryl's adolescent rite of passage. Czerneda's world-building flair and fascinating characters set this intricate story well above most SF series prequels. (Sept.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. ----The fascinating debut of the prequel series to The Trade Pact Universe This prequel to The Trade Pact Universe series begins in a time before the Clan had learned how to manipulate the M'hir to travel between worlds. Aliens have begun to explore the world of Cersi, upsetting the delicate balance between the Clan and the two other powerful races who coexist by set rules. And one young woman is on the verge of finding the forbidden secret of the M'hir- a discovery that could prove the salvation or ruin of her entire species....

Title : Reap the Wild Wind
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ISBN : 9780756404567
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Number of Pages : 464 Pages
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Reap the Wild Wind Reviews

  • Bill
    2019-06-16 06:37

    The book concerns 3 alien species on a planet being visited by alien 'seekers', exo-archologists made up of several more alien species including a token human or 2. The books strength lies in the development of the 3 indigenous species, their relationship to the planet's ecosystem and to each other. IMO, Czerneda has the makings of another CJ Cherryh in her ability to create believable alien worlds and species. They are very real and appealing.The novel has features of hard SF and of Space Opera. The relationship of the aliens to their various ecosystems reminds me somewhat of Hal Clement, though planetary conditions are less extreme than his usually are. The plot is more like epic SF, with vast empires in the far future and plenty of action. Telepathy and other mind powers play a part in the protagonist's species. These are more Space Opera constructs. The SF crossover works well and should please almost any SF fan, except perhaps for HSF purists who miss so much anyway. There are mysteries galore to be solved in later books of the trilogy, compelling mysteries. I highly recommend this trilogy

  • Lightreads
    2019-06-09 03:41

    One of those books I classify as primitive SF. You know, where some agrarian, technologically backward society comes in contact with far more advanced humans. Here, it's tribes of telepathically gifted people, the descendants of colonists, I presume, who live in precarious harmony with two alien races before they are rediscovered by a galactic exploratory force.I am always uninspired by primitive SF, and this is no exception. Partly it's just not one of my buttons, and partly I spend the entire time making faces over the way the author invariably fails to grasp the implications of all the most obvious historical parallels. Yarg. I tuned out on this one because I didn't want the mental noise, in that way where I paid just enough attention to keep moving forward, and not enough to have anything in particular to say. Lots of internal tribe politics, adventures of exploration, some romantical machinations with honest-to-God soul-bonds. Pretty much a yawn. A decently-written yawn with mildly interesting gender politics, but still a yawn.

  • Kerri
    2019-06-02 00:45

    When I first added this book to my To-read list on here, I was a little surprised at how many high ratings it had already garnered. Now that I've finished this excellent start to Julie E. Czerneda's latest trilogy, I find these high marks to be completely justified. This first volume in the Stratification trilogy takes place in the same universe as Czerneda's previous Trade Pact series which concerns Sira and Morgan, only centuries before and starring one of Sira's direct ancestors. Czerneda does an excellent job building a unique world full of beauty and danger and three completely different alien species. The plot is strong, the characters likable and relatable for the most part, and all in all I was very impressed. Looking forward to continuing with this trilogy. I'd recommend this one to any sci-fi or fantasy fans who enjoy strange new worlds and peoples. And you don't have to have read the Trade Pact books to understand and enjoy this one, though I do plan to give them a reread once I'm done with their prequels.

  • Michelle Stone
    2019-06-19 05:19

    This was my first book by Czernada. I loved it. You can read all the other reviews to get a sense of what it's about. It is a good mix of fantasy and science fiction. Czernada paints wonderful and powerful characters. Her unique grammar for her world is entirely readable. I give stars based solely on whether the book compels me to read on... to read another chapter when I should go to bed. Yes. I loved this book and it prompted me without hesitation to purchase the next in the series. I love trilogies and series. Some say that it is a rip off. NO WAY. Once I invest myself into a story line, its characters, and especially a gifted author, I truly enjoy moving to the next.

  • Synful
    2019-06-25 05:22

    Book 1 of a prequel trilogy to the Trade Pact series, I found it and its main character more interesting than its predecessor. I attribute it to the increased experience of the author now having written for 10 years and several book since. One thing I like most is while there is a mystery of where the people in this series originated and how knowledge was lost, Czerneda drops enough breadcrumbs to keep it interesting. The details are intriguing and they're keeping me reading to find out what happened to lead the species to where they are now. Plus, it does help knowing where and how they end up having read the first trilogy. A good start.

  • Jean Hontz
    2019-06-18 02:22

    A quite different look at the locals meet the aliens. A bit slow in the beginning but gets interesting about a third of the way in.Also, there are a lot of examples of locals with no real idea of what they are seeing and what it all means, which was well done.

  • Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
    2019-06-08 04:45

    Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.nikihawkes.comThis is easily one of the most unique books I’ve ever read, which is no surprise considering it’s by Julie E. Czerneda. The Stratification series was the only main sci-fi trilogy from her that I hadn’t read yet – I’d been kind of saving them for a rainy day because I knew they were going to be top-notch. And you know what? Reap the Wild Wind gave me everything I hoped for and more!The setting for this one kind of reminded me of the wonders of Pandora in Avatar. Czerneda created a complete ecosystem with all sorts of interesting flora and fauna. The jungle was so vibrant that it almost became a character within itself. The amazing thing is that the jungle is just one aspect of the epic world building within this book. Her descriptions of the world were beautiful, but it was more how the main character interacted with it that really brought it to life. It takes unique skill-sets and strong characters to survive in such unforgiving climates, and I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed reading about the Om’ray quite as much had the setting not been such a big influence on their lifestyles.The aliens introduced in Czerneda’s books are easily the most memorable things about them. To be honest, I find most of them absolutely delightful, and marvel at how believable and realistic each species is… and there are so many of them! It’s their differences, specifically how un-human they are, that makes them fascinating, hilarious, and sometimes even downright terrifying. Furthermore, the oddities of each species are incredibly well thought out, expanding to include biological influences and cultural histories and norms. It’s so well-conceived it blows my mind! What’s even better is that this is the second series I’ve read from Czerneda where the main protagonist isn’t even human. That’s a tricky thing to do well, but I found her no less relatable, and perhaps even a bit more. The cool part is that it gives readers a unique opportunity to examine our own species through the eyes of others, and really appreciate all wonderful things humanity has to offer. Czerneda manages to do all of that without sugar-coating the depth of depravity to which our species can also sink. It’s all a bit profound, if you ask me…It just speaks to how good of a writer Czerneda is. All of the wonderful examples of craft aside, my favorite thing about her is her ability to find the humor in any situation. With every one of her books, I find myself laughing constantly even though her complex storylines and emotional conflicts are as far from comedies as you could possibly get. All of her books contain some sort of struggle for survival, and the lengths to which the characters go to to save themselves or their species are what makes these stories feel so epic… but they’re still always funny as shit. Part of it is her amazing way with words, but the other part is her ability to create and capitalize on some very bizarre situations. I love it.There’s a reason Czerneda is my favorite science fiction author, and I have yet to find anything about her books I don’t love. For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out whether The Beholder’s Eye or Survival was my favorite book from her, but now Reap the Wild Wind is definitely in strong contention!

  • Angela
    2019-06-16 03:35

    Julie Czerneda is always a pleasure, and with the new Stratification series in particular, she returns to the same universe of her first book--still my favorite--A Thousand Words for Stranger. This story is set much earlier in the history of the species called the Clan, on their original homeworld, Cersi. In this timeframe, they are a people called the Om'ray, subservient to the two more powerful species of their world, the Tikitik and the Oud. An Agreement exists between all three species that forbids change of any kind of their cultures, an Agreement that until now the Om'ray of Yena Clan have scrupulously endeavored to keep. But young Aryl Sarc of the Yena Clan is discovering new and frighteningly powerful abilities. And though she tries to hide them at first, she is pushed again and again into using them, for the arrival of offworld explorers on Cersi is throwing the Agreement into peril.I quite liked this story, and was delighted to see that two of the principle explorers were a human and a Carasian; I remembered the latter species quite vividly from A Thousand Words for Stranger, and it was fun to see one here again. The primary human character, Marcus Bowman, is as likable as you can get through Aryl's eyes, given his lack of speech she can understand, both vocal and mental. We also get an interesting Om'ray male, the metalworker Enris, who has "future mate of Aryl" written all over him. ;)But there's no sign yet of any romance in this story, which is all to the good. It's interesting to see Aryl's eyes opened to the bigger picture of worlds beyond Cersi, and how the Tikitik and Oud are responding to the presence of the offworlders. There are fascinating hints that the Om'ray were once much more powerful than they are now--and that the offworlders know something about it. I'll definitely enjoy seeing where Book Two takes this. Five stars.

  • Teresa
    2019-06-04 06:48

    I've discovered that Julie Czerneda doesn't finish a story in one book. Ugh!! Now I have to go buy the next in the series...Aryl Sarc lives on Cersi with two other races, the Oud and the Tikitik. There is an Agreement between the races that says that nothing changes. The Yena Om'ray (the tribe and race Aryl is a part of) have Power (sort of like psychic power: the ability to move objects without touching them; the ability to tell where the others of their race are, even if they are far away; etc.) New aspects of Power are being discovered with the Yena tribe, at least. This is beginning to upset the Agreement.Also, some Strangers are visiting Cersi, seeking answers to unknown questions in unknown ruins on the planet. Aryl must deal with the exploding intensity of her Power and the politics of the Agreement in order to attempt to save her tribe from extinction at the hands of those they considered uneasy allies.Excellent read. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series and the Trade Winds series that comes after chronologically, but before in publication.

  • Pax
    2019-06-08 01:27

    This was AWESOME. It's not as funny or wacky as some of her others, but that's just fine. It's all rather life and death and struggling to survive. She does a great job of getting you totally hooked on the mystery of the three races sharing the planet and you really empathize with the explorers who've come to try and solve that age-old mystery, while cringing at their ridiculously poor first contact destruction.She continues to rank as my favorite sci-fi author. Book 2 just came out and it's waiting for me at the book store. Yay!

  • Tinuke
    2019-06-13 00:29

    I really like Julie Czerneda's books and this series in particular. Difficult to know how it would impact as it is a prequel trilogy to another series set further down the timeline. However the Trade pact universe is one of my favourite trilogies and I was not disappointed with the prequel. Am fascinated to see how it comes full circle when she returns to Morgan and Sira. I would recommend this series, but with the proviso that you might want to read the trade pact universe trilogy first, starting with, 'A Thousand words for Stranger'.

  • Samantha
    2019-06-25 07:45

    I haven't found a Julie Czernada book that I didn't like. It's been a few years since I read the books farther down in this timeline so I don't remember too many of the details but she seems to be doing a great job at creating the history that will shape and motivate the characters in the later series. This is the kind of science-fiction book I love. It's full of details, imagery, sympathetic and competent characters. I recommend it.

  • Terry
    2019-06-01 23:26

    I enjoy Czerneda's brand of science fiction which avoids cliches and overly predictable plots. This novel starts to provide the basis of the mental prowess of The Clan while featuring engaging characters.

  • David
    2019-06-23 04:41

    This book caught my eye just walking up and down the library aisles. I was pleasantly surprised. I loved it and cant wait to read the rest of the series.

  • Bob Cutler
    2019-06-25 04:27

    I really enjoyed Julie Czerneda's Species Imperative trilogy years ago and decided to start in on the Trade Pact universe series beginning with the prequel. That may have been a mistake but I really couldn't get into it. It seemed more like a YA novel even though it isn't marketed that way. Maybe I didn't read far enough into it (I got halfway before I gave up) but I expected to get more details or hints about how three sentient species ended up on the same planet. Was that information covered in the later books (written earlier)? I'll never know.

  • Brian Gaston
    2019-06-07 07:26

    Another good read from Czerneda. Her characters shine for me.

  • Hristyuk Vitaliy
    2019-06-27 00:43

    Not bad at all. Now I found new interesting author.

  • Christopher
    2019-06-11 06:28

    I gave up at 31%. 'Nuff said.

  • June
    2019-06-10 00:29

    I like Czerneda and her characters.

  • Robert
    2019-05-30 23:48

    I met Julie at Necronomicon 2008 in St. Peterburg,FL. Because she was one of the guest writers I usually buy a book or two to get signed. This is the one I picked up for signing. Most of the time I have never read these authors as was the case with Julie. So this was her first book I ever read and the only one by her so far. However it was good enough that I may read more by her.As stated in other reviews it is a good development of three intertwined species on the planet Cersi. The story mainly develops around the Omray Yena clan. The Omray live in groups/clans on various geologically/biologically different parts of the planet. The Yena have the toughest life living in trees above swamps that have horrendous life forms that are always looking for a good meal, especially Yena. They only come out at night so the Yena Omray must make certain they keep light available at night or they will be eaten alive. They also survive by harvesting the natural food of the planet, dresel, and thereupon the story starts.Aryl is out harvesting during that time of the season that the winds blow the dresel they collect to eat. During the harvesting at the tops of the trees an alien observation sphere disrupts the harvest and causes some Omray to die as they fall through the trees in the high winds that drive the dresel for harvesting. It also causes the amount of dresel harvested to be significantly less setting up a problem with the Tikitik who they trade the dresel with for supplies. Some of these supplies are the lights to keep the creatures of the night out of their homes. Omray can also read each others minds and have other mental capabilities that they limit due to agreements with the Tikitik. Aryl shows signs of developing even stronger mental powers which if used outside the treatise would endanger the Yena clan.There is also a parallel story of another ground based Omray clan that builds metal objects for the third intelligent species on the planet, the slug like Oud. Enris from this clan is sent on passage to Yena along this parallel story track where his life will intersect with Aryls to change their lives entirely.The primary story follows Aryl's problems after the harvesting failure and ultimate capture by the Tikitik. She is sent to spy on the "strangers" (aliens exploring Cersi) where she meets the strangers who want to learn from her and keep her safe. They take her in their flyer to return to her clan when the Tikitik attack and ultimately cause the flyer to crash with only Aryl and Marcus, a human, to survive. They almost die as well but are rescued by a group of the aliens and Oud where Aryl meets Enris. When Aryl senses that her village is being destroyed she unthinkingly uses her mental powers to transport herself and Enris to the village where they save the village from being ravaged by the swamp life. This has happened because the Tikitik removed the lighting they had given the Yena because Aryl did not return to them with the secrets of the strangers. Still the village is destroyed and another night above the swamps will result in everyone being eaten by the swamp life.The remaining members of the clan go to the Cloisters where the adepts, their leaders and most powerful mental powered Yena, decide that they must turn these criminal Yena, including Aryl, out into the wild because they have misused their mental powers in contradiction to the treatise with the Tikitik. This means certain death unless they can come up with a way to leave the swamps. That day just before night falls another observation sphere arrives and Aryl requests, through the sphere, that Marcus save them by moving them in the flyers. The group of 23 Yena are saved by Marcus and moved to the Grona clan. The clan is glad to accept them so they plan to stay there. However a young adept of the Grona clan learns of Aryl's powers and tries to obtain them so Aryl, Enris, and the others of the Yena clan leave which ends the book and leads into the sequel.I found the book to be very good and an excellent postulation of different species on another world. Czerdena being a biologist is therefor very adept at developing this world. She apparently postulates that another world could evolve a being extremely humanoid in biology and features as the Yena resemble earth humans. The interaction between the species is interesting and forms the basis for the plot line. I personally rated the book a 4 out of 5 as for some reason I had some difficulty becoming extremely enthused with it. As I got about half way through I found it getting much better and finished it rather rapidly after that but admit it took me a while to reach that point and my time spent with it was infrequent prior to that. The characters intertwined nicely and the ideas were excellent. It is likely I will read the sequels as it has gotten my interest up to see what happens next.

  • Alexandra
    2019-06-16 07:24

    I read this thanks to a recommendation from Helen Merrick, who I seem to recall being a massive Czerneda fan. I understand that this is a prequel series, written after the world in question becomes part of a wider galactic network. Not having read the later books, I can't say how an already-fan would respond; but I imagine there are some awesome moments of filling-in-gaps. Because it is indeed a wonderful novel, and I do fully intend to go and find the rest of the trilogy, and probably the later series as well.Told mostly from the adolescent (unChosen, in the parlance of her people) Aryl's point of view, this is a story of a world that - as far as Aryl is concerned - is entirely static, as it should be. One of the characters comments on Aryl and her people living in an eternal 'now' - and although that's not entirely fair, because their lives do revolve around the season of harvest, it does make sense because their knowledge of history and their expectations for the future are exceptionally limited. But this is not, overall, a bad thing: Aryl's family and friends live full, rich and generally rewarding lives. Without interference - and of course you know there's going to be interference - the Yena live. Aryl lives on Cersi, a world that is home to three different sentient species. Aryl is of the Om'ray, human-types who live in Clans in disparate parts of the world and who rarely interact with each other except when one of the boys leaves on Passage, drawn by a woman who has become sexually mature (there's some mental communication stuff which makes this basically make sense). The Oud and the Tikitik are not humaniform, and they are more technologically advanced than the Om'ray - they swap the Om'ray for some things in exchange for technology. The Agreement is meant to guarantee stability (if not stagnation) between the three. But then things change - strangers come. And strangers are not accommodated within the Agreement, which sets off all sorts of problems between the species, and within them as well.There's a lot of things going on within this book. Biological sexuality is not something that develops in Om'ray but seems to basically be on or off, which is intriguing and means that sexual tension isn't really an issue (well, it is at one point, but it doesn't overwhelm the whole story); issues of difference, and allowances for degrees of difference, are central to the Om'ray story and whether Aryl can be truly part of her Clan. In sweeping terms this is both a coming-of-age story, for Aryl, and also a first-contact story - and that part I think is done very well done, because it's neither entirely positive nor entirely negative. Part of the story is told from the perspective of a boy from a different Clan, and this allows Czerneda to show the different perspectives of the Om'ray themselves, within their general similarities. Reap the Wild Wind is well-paced, with an intriguing world and winsome POV characters. Very enjoyable.

  • Jenny
    2019-06-08 05:32

    **Spoiler alert- Don't read this if you don't like spoilers. This is not a review. I write these summaries just to keep track of what I have read. *** This is a prequel to a book I read by same author called "A Thousand Words for Stranger". There are 3 prequels, called the Trade Pact trilogy. This book features Aryl Sarc, ancestor of Sira who was the lead character in Thousand Words... Takes place on planet Cersi, with 3 races- Aryl's is the Om'Ray- humanoid with telepathy and other powers kept secret from the more powerful races; Tikitik and Oud. First half of this long book focuses on her Clan- the Yena, with alternate chapters on another clan the Tuana. Aryl's are arboreal and live and gather food in a rain forest canopy, with a large part of their harvest going to the Tikitik. The Tuana chapters focus on Enris, a young man whose clan live on solid ground. They farm but also mine metal from tunnels managed by the Oud who also take most of what they find. Aryl and her mother are able to send their thoughts to each other through the "Dark", a scary place or dimension that may snare and keep them if they are not careful. Aryl was able to transport her love interest Bern, at the beginning of the book-through the Dark to another place in her village under extreme terror.Past the halfway point in the book Aryl is now meeting the "strangers"- a group of 3 beings from another planet calling themselves Seekers. One human- Marcus, one Carasian- Janex and one Trant called Pilip. After this there is much harsh travel, escape, peril from Tikitik. Then back to Yena where the Tikitik are taking all the lights and batteries from the people thus leaving them to die from the night predators. Some are safe in the building called the "Cloisters", but many others are left outside to die. Yena and Enris save them with some help from the "stranger" human Marcus. But the leaders banish them and they go to Grona which is suspiciously peaceful and lazy. In Grona a powerful woman Adept covets Aryl's Power to transport and threatens her. Aryl, Enris and the remaining Yena decide to trek off to find the clan Vyna who may have the know-how to make the mysterious voice holder. I do want to read the next book!

  • Ashley
    2019-06-20 07:43

    I hate to give this book a low rating, since there is nothing wrong with it technically. The writing is well done, and the worldbuilding is excellent. My reasons for the lower rating are more personal. For about the first 20% of this book I had absolutely no idea what was going on because there were so many made up words and terminologies that I could not even imagine what was happening in my head. At one time this probably would have been my cup of tea. I used to love reading 600+ page fantasy and science fiction books with endless paragraphs of infodumping and minute and irrelevant details about the world. However, I think its just something that doesn't suit my taste anymore and really starts to grate on my nerves the more that authors pile too many obscure details on. I just want to get to the plot and the characters! The world is interesting, but in order for me to invest in something really complex I absolutely have to have characters that I can love. Aryl isn't a bad character. She is a clever and strong young woman, but I felt no connection to her and I didn't want to read anymore of her adventures. I liked the young male Om'ray character more. The author could have definitely filled out the characters more and made them more interesting. The plot was not that interesting either, or I don't think it was. I couldn't understand what was happening for about 50% of the way through anyhow.I think I just prefer both a more scifi-ish plot (this felt much more like fantasy than science fiction because most of it takes place in a rather primitive civilization) and more complex characters that I can relate to. Someone in another review called this "primitive SF" and talked about how it sort of invokes a lot of "noble savage" or "mystical native" type tropes and I agree. I may read other books by this author later, as she is a skilled worldbuilder, but this series is just a bit too boring.

  • Julie
    2019-06-09 02:44

    This was an excellent introduction to the series, it pulled me in from the start and kept me reading frantically until the end. In fact i enjoyed the story so much, that I started read the second book almost immediately after I finished this one.The characters were solid, especially considering this was the first book in the series, they were well fleshed out and well written, and had a steady growth throughout the story. I found there was enough revealed about them to move the story along, but a there was still a lot left out to keep me reading on and wanting more. I can't say I have a favourite character yet, but pretty much all of them make me want to keep reading, to find out more about them.The story was rather engrossing, especially coming to the end. I love the world the author has created, the parallels and differences between the races, and their homes. The setting is written so vividly, I was able to picture the bizarre world clearly in my mind. The author has done a fantastic job at creating a very realistic alien world and I'm looking forward to seeing how these stories, connect and wrap into another series, written by the author. I'm also looking forward to some answers to the history behind these races and how everything came to how it is now. I have ideas, there have been hints, but I want more, and it looks like the next two books should give me those answers. Overall, it was an amazing read and I'm looking forward to finishing the series.lso found on my book review blogJules' Book Reviews - Reap the Wild Wind

  • Edie
    2019-06-11 07:43

    Julie Czerneda writes most excellent stories. And this series is one of my very favorites, ever! I first read this series (known now as The Clan Chronicles, I think), starting with her very first novel, A Thousand Words for Stranger. She followed that with 2 more, and then wrote the pre-story of these. So, this time I read them in chronological order: Reap the Wild Wind, Riders of the Storm, Rift in the Sky, A Thousand Words for Stranger, Ties of Power, and To Trade the Stars.All of the stories have great depth of texture and character. There is adventure, both worldly and through space (and time, if I think about it), there are beings from different worlds to understand and learn about, there are beings, good, bad, ugly and wonderful, there are plots and mysteries to unravel and be surprised about.But most of all, there is the rich story, delightfully told, about how a group of beings deals with all of life's changes and challenges.Most excellent

  • Sally McLennan
    2019-06-22 07:44

    It is very rare for me to buy and read a whole trilogy, one book immediately after the other. I usually need a break between books by the same author. Not so with the Stratification series. I bought and devoured the trilogy in one go and I recommend you do the same.This series marries great characters, great communities set in a realistic and engaging world, and great story. The plot starts with a bang — or maybe a crash is the better word — and the surprises keep unfolding steadily.If you enjoy character driven sci fi, or fantasy (though it features technology I think this series is accessible to readers of either genre), pick up a copy and try this series for yourself. I have trouble choosing my favourite writing by Czerneda but I think this series may be one of my top picks.Disclaimer: I care for Julie as much as I enjoy her writing. I still stand by this review. These books are brilliant.

  • Naomi Stone
    2019-06-18 05:22

    Aryl du Sarc is a member of a race called the Om'ray on the planet, Cersi where her people share an Agreement with two other races, the Oud and Tikitik. This Agreement is key to maintaining balance between and survival of the races of Cersi. Aryl's world is threatened from within and without. On the same day that Strangers (humans) appear and disrupt a key harvest on which her people depend for sustenance, she also discovers a new power that threatens the balance between the races. This is great science fiction, involving interesting alien cultures and species and begins an adventure spanning three books.

  • Donald
    2019-06-26 23:38

    This is a difficult book, it seems, to read if one has never read any of Czerneda's books set in this world. I was constantly having to think about what was going on, as the terminology is specific to the world and each clan of people moving about. Overall, it was okay, but a bit too "mysterious" to have an idea of what was going on. Aside from the appearance of "Humans" who aren't like the humans on the planet, this doesn't seem to me to be all that sci-fi; for a great deal of it, it could be a not-too-bad fantasy. We'll have to see if the other books expand on what makes this sci-fi (having something to do with earth, please).

  • Morgan McGuire
    2019-06-25 05:25

    This is her most recent and it isn't as good as her other books. The plot and characters *are* good. However, there's too much obnoxious "sci fi" writing: for the first two chapters it is almost impossible to tell what is going on because she makes up so many words and pretends that you know what they mean. If I hadn't already read the Trade Pact books it would have been hard to care enough to keep going. The main characters are all human/Om'Ray and that prevents her from exploring some of the interesting biology seen elsewhere.The romantic tension of her other books is not present here and that would have been a welcome addition. I'm hoping this series shapes up in the sequels.

  • Brian
    2019-06-23 04:21

    What a delightful find! Truth be told, I found it in the library clearance bin for next to nothing and grabbed it on a whim. Now I'm tempted to go tell them to put it back on the shelf! I hadn't heard of this authour previously, but this first book of a trilogy has hooked me for at least two more. Wonderful world building, alien races who are aliens not the girl next door, and an action filled plot that kept me up late reading just a bit more. It really doesn't end, of course - it seems I'm a dinosaur preferring books that are self contained - but that's almost the only nit I have. Recommend!