Book Review: Vale Of Stars by Sean O’Brien

valeofstarsVale of Stars by Sean O’Brien

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Jene Halfner awaits the end of a hundred-year-long, deep-space colonization journey begun by her ancestors generations before. She has spent her life preparing for planetfall on Epsilon Eridani III, taking care of the growing number of victims of interstellar radiation aboard Ship.

What she will find upon arrival will change her perspective on life, and she and her descendants will live to face the incredible challenges their new world holds.

As generations pass, the women of the Halfner line uncover stunning secrets about their original mission, their new home on Epsilon Eridani III, and the future of the human race. Secrets that will challenge what they believe in, who they trust, and their perception of the ones the love

Received as part of LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer November 2012 batch.

This is an ebook covering a multi generational story, both of the trip to EE3, and the subsequent attempt to colonise the planet. The story focusses on a small group of people from each generation, usually a woman at the forefront and the most important people around her.

Decisions are made by people in each generation, which usually results in drastic actions being undertaken, such as expulsion from the group, and murder. Most of the women strive to recover from the decisions made in the generation before, and often hold a burning anger for those they see as having done wrong (often towards themselves in particular). The generations also encounter what it means to live with sentient beings who are different from the selves (human or otherwise), and there is also the development of religion, which is handled sensitively.

The book started out strong, although I did wonder where the burning, blinding self-righteousness of Jene came from (and I think I would have hated her if I ever knew her in real life!). I did struggle to complete it, but cannot think of any fault with the book itself. It received a slightly lower rating than other books, simply because I struggled to finish it – if I was to read again at another time (when I am in a different mood) the rating may well be higher)

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