Author: S. H. Jucha
Page Count/Review Word Count: 398
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
It’s no secret that I’ve been a big fan of this series so far – in fact, this is the third book, and the latest one at the time of writing. I enjoyed the first one so much that the publisher offered to send me the follow-ups, and I hastily agreed.
It’s hard to know how much to tell you about the story line, here – I can give you a few hints without spoiling this book, but it might spoil the earlier ones if you haven’t read them yet. All I’m going to say is that Alex Racine finds himself being promoted again, and he tries to establish a society with all of the independents that he’s collected throughout his travels.
The silver ships are back, as well – here, we discover what they are, and how they operate, and we’re introduced to two new alien races. And guess what – they’re not necessarily friendly. I’ve always been impressed with the way in which Jucha’s incredible universe seems to be alive with detail, and his new species are easily believable and add an extra dimension to the story line.
Even three books in, I still find myself looking forward to the next one, and it’s starting to feel as though Jucha could keep this up indefinitely – I can’t help wondering how many books he has planned out, because the story line just keeps on developing over time. It doesn’t feel like he’s closing up the loops – if anything, he’s creating more and more opportunity for more story lines, and I look forward to reading more about what happens to Alex and his followers.
So overall, I’d definitely recommend reading Meridien, although I would also say that you should read the rest of the books in order first, so that you understand what’s happening. One of the interesting things about this series is the way in which each book takes you deeper and deeper in – it’s not like the Discworld series, where you can hop in and out of it at random. But that’s a good thing – it keeps it interesting, and makes readers wait for the next book with bated breath. I look forward to it!