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The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
Cover Artist: Photo: Bruce Talbot
Review by Ernest Lilley
Del Rey Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345534057
Date: 12 February 2013 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Despite falling far short of being the book I'd hoped this would be, I enjoyed The Best of All Possible Worlds. It wasn't the LeGuin level piece of anthro-SF I thought it was going to be, but it sufficed as a science fiction romance set against a traveler's tale. I liked the characters, which is all you really need to make that work, but was disappointed at what is in the end, a lot of recycled tropes and a predictable outcome.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Karen Lord's debut novel, the multiple-award-winning Redemption in Indigo, announced the appearance of a major new talent--a strong, brilliantly innovative voice fusing Caribbean storytelling traditions and speculative fiction with subversive wit and incisive intellect. Compared by critics to such heavyweights as Nalo Hopkinson, China Miéville, and Ursula K. Le Guin, Lord does indeed belong in such select company—yet, like them, she boldly blazes her own trail.

Now Lord returns with a second novel that exceeds the promise of her first. The Best of All Possible Worlds is a stunning science fiction epic that is also a beautifully wrought, deeply moving love story.

A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever.

Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race--and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far-reaching ramifications. As their mission hangs in the balance, this unlikely team--one cool and cerebral, the other fiery and impulsive--just may find in each other their own destinies ... and a force that transcends all.

(Source: Del Rey)

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