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.
Whenever I come into a sci-fi/fantasy novel I go through an overwhelming sense of disappointment because they are almost always never action-y. The Best of All Possible Worlds first chapter started the book off seeming like this was going to be an action book. I’m so glad that I did not give this book a DNF when I realized it was not going to be what I though it would be. I would have missed out on the quiet subtle quality of this book.
Whenever I read this for a while I got this good feeling. It is actually pretty rare now that I get a good feeling or any feeling from a novel so it is amazing (and kind sad actually) to even look back on this. It all felt like a journey.
One of the main things I liked is the world building – learning about the new worlds and civilizations. The feeling of going on an adventure is one of the parts of fiction I miss.
Black female main character and her families dynamic was interesting.
Romance is built! You do not know how rare this is. A lot of romances in books are insta-lovey or sex=love. The romance even managed to not derail the plot.
Could not remember who half the people on the ship or what they did for the ship. This is probably completely my fault for not paying attention but I feel like the other characters were introduced sporadically or something.
Who all the crew mates were was not the only thing that confused me. I was kind of lost a lot of times to what happened. Some people on goodreads brought up that this story is episodic, picking up stories then dropping them. I think the episodicness of the story made it possibly easy to get confused. I agree that this was a slightly annoying aspect of the novel but these mini adventures felt like a journey so I enjoyed them mostly.
Towards the ending the romance went into some tropey gender roles stuff when it could have have been more progressive. I bring this up because it was progressive in other aspects of the story.
Best of All Possible Worlds is going to set me up for so many mediocre/terrible sci-fi books I will not end up liking.
[Image and synopsis of Best of All Possible Worlds is from goodreads]