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Invader

de C. J. Cherryh

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Sèrie: Foreigner (2)

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Nearly two centuries after the starship Phoenix disappeared into the heavens, leaving an isolated colony of humans on the world of the Atevi, it unexpectedly returns to orbit overhead, threatening the stability of both Atevi and human government. This is the sequel to Foreigner.
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Better than Foreigner, I think, and quicker to get into. I love the worldbuilding and the atmosphere. It's still kind of hard to read and the long sentences take focus to get through. ( )
  jennelikejennay | Dec 31, 2020 |
This SF series is continuing to prove itself one of the most enduring and fascinatingly social of all the hard SF's I've ever read. Book two seems to pick up very well with similar or perhaps improved pacing from the previous one, but instead of focusing so much on the linguistics issues, Bren finds himself with ever increasing responsibility and power within the Atevi world, much to the everlasting chagrin of his "people" on the island of humans.

Did he go native, selling out the other humans? Has he betrayed humanity to give all the aliens all our tech, to crowd out the advances and the possible advantage of allying with the returning spacecraft that had abandoned the humans on this world for 200 years? How dare he!

Of course, he knows he's just trying to keep the peace, making sure that all sides, both human and Atevi, work together and make sure no one gets left out. It helps that he's the only one to translate and make deals with both sides, for many good reasons not just cultural, but hard-wired in the alien psyche.

Except, the humans have factions and factions and they've sent a new translator to take over for Bren, and the two of them have never gotten along.

Politics and politics ensue, with Bren in the right and rising high in Atevi estimation, while all the while things keep getting gummed up anyway. :)

These are early days, with the Spaceship wanting the downwellers to regain spaceflight, fast, so they can man and refurbish the abandoned space station around the planet. Three sides could blow up into a real huge mess. And in the center is Bren. :)

I love this stuff. Translator-porn. :) Politic-Biology conflict. Technological parity.

Here's the interesting bit: The Atevi are born mathematicians. :) Everything boils down to associations and "good" number parity, down to all their surroundings, the number of rooms or the architecture, or the way they form their words, so you have to be fantastic at math just to speak with them, or it's "unfavorable" and they might just assassinate you for it. Details. :)

Of course, this means that the Atevi also have it in them to blow all humanity out of the water if they ever get their hands on some really juicy tech or even the knowledge that FTL is real.

Oops. Too late. :)

It's becoming extremely, extremely difficult to hold off on reading this entire series without stopping. :)

Delicious doesn't even begin to describe it. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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I swear to everything, Bren has an damn anxiety disorder, and he's giving me one in the process. I've never met a book where the main character laid in bed for hours agonizing over everything he is doing, just like a normal person. This is despite extreme lack of sleep and other problems.

There are legitimate reasons Bren has to be stressed out. There is a spaceship overhead with reasons and factions no one knows. The atevi are blaming the humans on the island that the spaceship is there at all. His backup paidhi is on the mainland causing trouble and won't go away. And he just got out of surgery and is in a lot of pain and shouldn't be making big decisions but he has to anyway. His laying awake in anxiety makes absolute sense. So would I. And that is why Bren feels so real. Even though he is so much smarter and better a person than I am, I can connect with him as a character. And love him a bit, too.

Invader follows the events of Foreigner almost immediately. We learned towards the end of Foreigner that the ship that brought the Humans to the Atevi world is back. Now in this book, the Atevi are contacting them. The goal being to assert that this is the Atevi world, and their having control over what happens in their Heavens as well as their world is a fact not to be disputed. And also a large part of the book is to calm the rest of the Atevi who fear what this spaceship means.

All of these choices the Atevi have taken have been at the direction of Bren, who understands humans. And is now setting himself to potentially be considered a traitor to the human race because he is helping the atevi as a part of the treaty the humans and atevi signed. Which is especially in true because Deanna, the paidhi's successor should something happen to Bren, came to the mainland and she doesn't feel the same way about atevi as Bren does. She does not like that Bren is helping the Atevi at all, and is (trying to) report back to maligned forces in the Human government.

All of which is happening while Bren is still really hurt from the previous book. In the start of the book, Bren just woke up from surgery, and has to take off running. He is fueled by anxiety. He is depressed. He is lonely. And for a moment in Foreigner, he belonged and now that feeling of belonging has been lost and he wants it back.

What a powerful, amazing story. ( )
  keikii | Jan 23, 2020 |
I am not going to give this book a star rating. I read half way through the book. Way longer than I ever read a book that I am not really enjoying. The reason I read so far is that Cherryh is a hell of a writer. Crazy good at putting sentences together. The problem for me was I just wasn't digging it. The story didn't click for me. This is after a book one that I barely finished. I might go back and give this another chance some day but for now I am out.

The no stars is because I don't think it is fair to mess with a book's rating just because it wasn't for me. I can absolutely see why people love this series.
  CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
I don't have much to say about this that I didn't already say in my review for the paper book and my review for the first audiobook. It was nice knowing all the things Bren didn't know this time around, and man I really wanted him to get some rest and read his post-surgery care instructions. I had forgotten how much of the beginning of the book involved Bren dragging himself from one problem to another when all he desperately wanted to do was sleep.

I continued to enjoy Daniel Thomas May's narration. As in the first audiobook, I loved him as Bren and was a bit iffier about some of his atevi voices. At any rate, I have the next four books in audio form and am looking forward to listening to them.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.) ( )
  Familiar_Diversions | Oct 6, 2017 |
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