Title: The Terrans
Author: Jean Johnson
Series: First Salik War, book 1
Source: Review copy from publisher
Born into a political family and gifted with psychic abilities, Jacaranda MacKenzie has served as a border-watcher and even spent time as a representative on the United Planets Council. Now she just wants to spend her days in peace and quiet as a translator—but the universe has other plans…
Humans have long known that they would encounter more alien species, and while those with precognitive abilities agree a terrible war is coming, they do not agree on who will save humanity—a psychic soldier or a politician.
But Jackie is both.
After she is pressured into rejoining the Space Force to forestall the impending calamity, Jackie makes an unsettling discovery. Their new enemy, the Salik, seem to be rather familiar with fighting Humans—as if their war against humanity had already begun…
Jacaranda (Jackie) MacKenzie, the most powerful telepath and telekinetic of the United Planets is ready to start her early retirement from public service, but the leaders of the government and military have other plans for her. Precognitive members of the military have foreseen encounters with new alien races and a war to come against with one of them. In all of their visions Jackie is always front and center as a key player in the events to come. Knowing this, the military assembles a team of specialists lead by Jackie and sends them to space -in the Aloha 9- to explore new areas in search for these new aliens.
During one of their trips, a big alien ship surprises them, trapping them and bringing them on board. Using her telepathic abilities Jackie realizes the intentions of the aliens (Salik) are not good at all. Thanks to her ability, she also finds five human minds inside the ship. They have been kept prisoners and if they are not rescue, soon they will be meals for the Salik.
Thanks to Jackie’s telekinetic abilities she is able to free the five humans, bring them aboard the Aloha 9 and escape the Salik’s ship.
Although these five humans are almost identical as them, they are not Terrans, they are a different race known as V’Dan. The leader of their group is Captain Li'eth Ma'an-uq'en.
The V’Dan have prophecies that told them of this day, when they will meet the Terrans, the race that will help them fight their war against the Salik.
Returning home with five aliens on board has its complications. They will need to live in quarantine until they are all clear and from there the political maneuvers will start. Including the plans to return the V’Dan to their home planet.
I loved this book, I loved it so much that I would like to tell you to trust me, buy it and read it, but I know that is not enough, so let me try to do my best to convince you.
All the characters in The Terrans are great, from the main characters to the secondary.
Jackie is a heroine easy to like, admire and cheer for. She is not only smart, she is very ethical and always does her best thinking of others first. Because of her abilities she also has to deal with discrimination and misconceptions. Her responses to this only made me like her more.
Li'eth is another character that was impossible not to like. Li'eth is more than what he appears, but he doesn’t take advantage of this. I liked how open minded, caring, and protective he was. I can’t say more about him without giving spoilers away.
There is a relationship blossoming between Jackie and Li'eth, I liked that nothing is rushed or forced. I can’t wait to see how things progress between these two.
Like I said before, the secondary characters were also great, there are many to talk about, I will just say they all made the story better, more complex and more entertaining.
Jean Johnson really surprised me with her creativity. The world she created for this series is impressive and really well thought, from the planets, to the ships, to the science behind it all. The story is also fabulous. I liked how Johnson used specific situations to give us important information about the world, politics and society. That was very smart of her. Although I liked all the information Johnson gave us, I can see some people having trouble with the amount of it.
I liked everything about The Terrans, I liked the characters, I liked the world, I liked the story, I liked the pace, I liked everything.
I liked this book so much that it was 4 in the morning and I was still reading it, that’s the problem of starting a book late at night. Luckily for me, I didn’t have to wake up early the next day, so I was able to read until my eyes were closing, sadly I had to go to bed with only a few chapters left to finish it. But do you know what was the first thing I did when I opened my eyes, ok, the first thing I did after having my morning coffee? Continue reading this book and I didn’t put it down until I finished it. And do you know what was the first thing I did after I finished it? No? I bought the first book (A Soldier's Duty) to a series (Theirs Not to Reason Why series) that is set in this same world, but 200 years later than this series. That’s how much I liked The Terrans.
The Terrans is a book I highly recommend to sci-fi fans. Saying I’m looking forward to second book in this series, The V'Dan, is the understatement of the year. I’m dying to get my greedy hands on that one, 2016 can’t come soon enough for that.
My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
Other books in the series
The V’Dan (2016)
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