Author: S. H. Jucha
Page Count/Review Word Count: 306
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
Libre is the second book in S. H. Jucha’s Silver Ships series, and it’s a cracking sequel to a book that I have a lot of love for. People have complained in reviews of Jucha’s work that there isn’t enough action, but that’s not true – whilst in this book, for example, he spends a lot more time writing about war preparations and evacuation plans than on any particular battles, I find that to be refreshingly different. It’s one of the hallmarks of Jucha’s work, and it works well.
I can’t say too much about what happens in this book without risking giving away the story line, but I can say that it was a great plot with plenty of character development, and Alex Racine is forced to make some difficult choices. But that’s the price that you have to pay if you end up as the bridge between two different species when they’re under threat from an alien race. We also get to meet a lot of new characters here, including a bunch of new SADEs, which is notable because in the first book, we only got to meet one of them. SADEs are effectively giant supercomputers which are installed inside spacecraft, and I’m pleased to report that there was even a SADE called Dane!
Libre was a lot of fun, and I have the third book in the series to get stuck into, too. I can’t wait to get started on it and I’ll report back to let you know what I think, but I can tell you that the ending of Libre has left me feeling excited. Good stuff!