Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Review: The False Mirror by Alan Dean Foster (The Damned, Book 2)

Synopsis: For millennia, the alien union called the Weave had been at war with the Amplitur. But only in the handful of centuries since Earth had joined the Weave had the tide of the battle been slowly turning in the Weave's favour. Then an elite unit, raised from childhood in dedication to the Amplitur Purpose and designed to match perfectly the Humans they were to fight, came of age - and it looked as if at last the Amplitur might prevail against the Weave. But when one of the elite unit, a warrior called Ranji, was captured by the Weave, a horrible truth was revealed: Ranji was in fact Human, a subject of the Amplitur's vile genetic manipulations. The Weave promised to reverse the effects and help Ranji rescue other altered Humans from the clutches of the Amplitur. But neither Ranji nor his new allies could have know that the proposed cure would result in an abomination that could tear the Weave alliance apart - and brand Ranji and his kind as the most despicable creatures in the galaxy... (from the back of the book)

Review: While the second book in the The Damned series, this story takes places at least a few hundred years after the first one and includes none of the same characters. The story centers on Ranji, raised believing he was an Ashregan, a member of the enemy. But when captured, the truth is discovered- he's human, surgically altered to look like an Ashregan.
I enjoyed watching Ranji's journey - his initial resistance, his acceptance, and the things he struggled with - his place, future, the lies - and most importantly, those he left behind. A steady pace, a good mix of action and introspection, and complex world building make this a fun and engaging read. Solid science fiction with a good dose of military action and what-does-it-mean-to-be-human philosophizing. Worth reading!

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 0-345-37575-0
Year Published: 1992
Date Finished: 4-11-2016
Pages: 314

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