Monday, August 13, 2012

Novel Spotlight: Remnant In the Stars by Cindy Koepp


Two hundred years ago, the Aolanian home world exploded and a remnant of survivors escaped. As their convoy combed the galaxy looking for a new world to colonize, they discovered Earth and were given permission to establish a temporary base while they continued their search for a new home world. When an Aolanian exploration vessel goes missing after transmitting a garbled distress call, the uneasy alliance between the humans and the Aolanians is put to the test as two anti-Aolanian groups jockey to use this opportunity to press their own agendas by foiling the rescue mission.

Because his daughter was onboard the Kesha when it vanished, Calonti Sora reluctantly signs on as an astrogator with the Gyrfalcon, one of the ships in the search party. There he meets up with an old human friend, Kirsten Abbott. Together, they work to overcome prejudice and political plots as they race toward an enemy no one could expect.


Remnant in the Stars is a fun science fiction read. The characters were well-drawn and believable--I especially loved Sora and his curiosity.

I loved how the Aolanian culture was so well-thought-out. The speech pattern took a little getting used to, but Cindy did a good job with making them sound alien, but not incomprehensible.

The writing style felt very simplistic and almost, at times, sparse, but it fit well with the technical-minded characters. 

The Christian element was very strong, but I didn't feel like it was really preachy. It fit well with the story, and discussions about the characters' faith felt like it arose naturally out of story circumstances, instead of being shoved in unnecessarily. 

There was no objectionable material in the book, which was pretty awesome! I'd feel comfortable recommending this to a teenager, and it might even make a fun family read-aloud.

Rating: four out of five stars

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