A Clone Sacrifice
The second novel in the series, A Clone Sacrifice opens in the Unchartered Zone, with the three conjoined spaceships facing formidable defences arrayed against them. Torb is certain that his mental communion with a dead Drakna will provide him with the answers he needs, but for the time being, the answers aren’t coming and the power readings ahead of them are only increasing. However, if Torb survives this encounter, he will still have to deal with the emotional instability of his girlfriend, isolated in a different part of the ship—and it’s hard to tell which outcome is the more dangerous.
I have to be honest and admit that despite having read this novel and the first in the series, I remain confused as to what the ultimate aim of the story is. Much of Torb’s storyline appears to be a string of random incidents, and the unifying element of the plot wasn’t clear to me. In the meantime, much of the focus is on the male/female relationships in the crew. I found the character development a little lacking across both books, given how much time is devoted to the character interaction. There are two women aboard; each chooses a male partner early on in their acquaintanceship and promptly gets pregnant. By and large, these women have three basic responses to any situation—they scream, they weep, or they roll their eyes. The men spend their time leading, doing the heavy lifting, and doing the planning—this latter in fear of what their womenfolk will think of their plans. I felt that some more development in this area could have done a great deal for this story.
While the series remains a pleasant, light read, I’m sorry to say that the substance wasn’t quite there to draw me in and allow me to lose myself in the story.