The Silvers

J.A. Rock
The Silvers
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Riptide Publishing
Release Date
July 2016
LGBTQ, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

What humans want from the Silver Planet is water. What they find is a race of humanoids who are sentient, but as emotionless and serene as the plants and placid lakes they tend.

B, captain of the mission, doesn't believe that the "Silvers" are intelligent, and lets his crew experiment on them. But then he bonds with Imms, who seems different from the others—interested in learning, intrigued by human feelings. And B realizes that capturing, studying, and killing this planet's natives has done incalculable damage.

When a fire aboard B's ship kills most of the crew and endangers Imms, B decides to take him back to Earth. But the simplicity of the Silver Planet doesn't follow them. Imms learns the full spectrum of human emotions, including a love B is frightened to return, and a mistrust of the bureaucracy that wants to treat Imms like a test subject, even if they have to eliminate B to do it.

Book Review by Ana (reviewer)
Sep 22, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
159 people found the following review helpful
I might disagree with most readers with this one, but I couldn't get myself into this story. I was very excited about it because I love the author, but it just wasn't right for me.

B is the captain of a mission that explores the Silver's planet looking for water. He wasn't expecting to find it inhabited by human-like creatures, who seemed to be emotionless. When he starts bonding with Imms and feelings get involved, everything seemed a little more complicated. But when Imms is in danger, B makes the decision to take him with them to Earth, where a whole new adventure is waiting for him.

The concept of the plot was really good. I was very intrigued to have a non-human main character, but sadly, it wasn't developed interesting enough to keep me hook to the story.

The characters were plain; I just couldn't get any emotions from either of them. In Imms's case, I feel like it was appropriate as a known feature of his species, and it adds something positive to the story, but I was hoping it would change when the story was more advanced.

B was a difficult character to care about; I didn't only felt like he didn't transmit well his emotions, but when I finally get something from him, he seemed like a spoiled brat who couldn't care for anyone but himself, he was so frustrating.
For the romance, there wasn't too much either. I didn't feel like they spend too much time together, and that didn't help the relationship development, and it makes less believable their feelings for each other. I think Imms was the one that was more truthful about love, I just didn't feel the love from B's side.

The moments in the Silver's planet were great, I really loved the time they spent there. I wish it would be longer because it was really interesting getting to know it. Other things I really enjoy were the first scenes of Imms, when he was learning everything he could; it was so fun to read, and it was very nice to see how things that might seem normal to everyone, could be perceived differently by a foreigner (in this case from another planet).

I don't think it was a terrible book, it had some redeeming elements. But the things I didn't like about it were more important than the ones that I did. It doesn't change the fact that I love the previous books from the author, and it won't keep me away from trying her new works.
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