The saga of the Rêveur continues in this second novel in the Silver Ships series.
The surviving Méridiens have returned to Confederation space, aided by their recently discovered cousins, the New Terrans. They expect a celebration after their 71-year absence. Instead, they're shocked to find the silver ships have destroyed half the Confederation.
The Méridiens are fleeing in advance of the horde of alien ships. But Alex Racine and his crew didn't come this far to run away from humanity's enemy. They intend to hunt the silver ships. But, to succeed, they need help. Renée de Guirnon, the leader of the Rêveur's Méridiens, reveals a sordid secret of Méridien society: Citizens who defy their House, for any reason, are stripped of their rights, declared "Independents", and imprisoned on the planet Libre. But the Independents aren't everyone's pariahs, especially if you're Alex Racine and you're looking for allies against the silver ships. An entire colony of independent, free-thinking radicals offers just the sort of people Alex wants on his side, so an alliance is struck. Soon the enemy ships will swarm off the planet Bellamonde, and the race begins for Alex and the Librans. The planet must be evacuated and the military force readied before the silver ships attack. Alex knows a battle is coming, but will they have enough time to prepare?
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I tried to like the first book, but then gave up quarter way through the second book - so probably not.
Main character is too righteous and always seems to know the answer to everything - so much so the other characters (other than the odd antagonist) dote on him and hero worship him so much I started feeling sick.
The hero saviour story and Grover Gardner's narration style made me start to think I was listening to a childrens novel at bedtime. It's the kind of stroll in the park reading style that removes any feeling of suspense or urgency - as you just know it will just all work out.
Speeding up to 1.25x helps a bit but not much.
"Great 2nd book"
Wow, what an ending! Great book, and I can't wait to listen to the 3rd book.
"An entire book about logistics!"
Really only a worth a chapter or a short story not an entire book. Endless about the logistics of evacuating a planet. Some interesting elements but not enough to redeem this installment. Some characters are beginning to deteriorate in to cringe worthy stereotypes.
"The saga continues"
Great second book. The action and adventure continues. You meet new players and the plot thickens. This is another fun book.
"If you liked the first one, you'll like this one"
There's a simplicity and an innocence to the books in this series that reminds me of "Golden Age" science fiction. If you're looking for highly complex plotting, deep and intriguing character flaws, or science based explanations for things you're going to be disappointed. This a series for fun. The good guys are very very good. The bad guys are clearly defined. The technology is interestingly imaginative and entirely unexplained. It's a fun, predictable, good guys win kind of story.
"House Alexander saves the day"
Libre is S H Jucha 's 2nd Silver Ships installment. The bulk of the action takes place in and around the planet Libre, a Meridien colony world which happens to also include the majority of Meridien independents, individuals who don't want to belong to any specific house. While Alex regroups, replenishes and builds up his forces, he also collects intelligence on the silver ships. Analysis suggests Libre is the next target which sets the main Meridien battle strategy in motion which is to flee. Losing the planet is inevitable, but the fledgling military achieves some of its objectives in straight up fighting
The sci-fi elements are in line with the 1st installment with more creative use of improvised weaponry. The artificial intelligence theme is extended with more players as well as a propensity for art and music. Alex manages to productively engaged these entities which contrasts with standard Meridien interactions that are shallow and of limited productivity. Also, Meridien society is revealed as an unfortunate result of long term complacency such that even death is preferred over minor protocol or safety deviations. Surrounded by Meridien timidity, Terran isolationism, and the Silver Ships inscrutableness, Alex has his work cut out for him, with more implants as the next step. Julian has grown with him and is now probably his best cerebral friend.
Grover Gardner is one of the grand masters of narration which a superb range of characters and a unique talent for accenting his voice to convey thoughts versus spoken words. He also deftly handles the artificial intelligences extremely well and avoids "robotizing" them, while also steering clear of simple anthropomorphism.
I am enjoying the Silver Ship Series, they are both entertaining, and captivating. my only complaint is that the books aren't longer.
"Great follow up to Silver Ships"
This is a great follow-up to Silver Ships. Once again S.H. Jucha provides a story that engages the listener. I especially appreciate Jucha's decision not to use coarse language or contemporary expletives. These books are about the most family friendly contemporary sci-fi that I have found...and yet they lack nothing. Well done and keep it up Mr. Jucha! Can't wait for the next installment to hit Audible.
"A total bore compared to the first book"
boring- could not keep concentration on the story
no just to the author - I still enjoy a good space story
no he just read the words
was a waste of my time completely
"I still love the entire series"
the storyline and the characters within have that familiar feeling like you know the people the details and personal connections that are expressed in the story make it all feel so real
"Entertaining action/adventure in space"
The Méridiens of the ship Rêveur have returned to Confederation space with their new allies, the New Terrans, expecting to be welcomed delightedly after their long absence and presumed loss. Instead, they find that the same silver ships that nearly destroyed Rêveur have destroyed half the Confederation, and the surviving Méridiens have no plan except to flee, abandoning their long-settled worlds.
This plan does not sit well with the crew of Rêveur, neither her surviving Méridien crew nor her new captain, Alex Racine, and his fellow New Terrans. Having proven the silver ships can be fought, they want to take the fight to the enemy. To do that, though, they need help, resources and volunteers who will have to come from the Méridiens, who for the most part don't believe either that fighting can be effective, or that killing is ever justified.
But Confederation society has a dark secret--a whole prison colony of "independents," people unwilling to conform to peaceful, prosperous, but mostly quiescent Confederation society.
A whole planet of independent free thinkers.
This is good, old-fashioned, space adventure, with battles with aliens, ingenuity, derring-do, and culture clashes among the different societies--the Confederation culture of most Méridiens; the "independents" of Libre, and the new society that's forming on Rêveur, blending the customs and viewpoints of both New Terrans and Méridiens, constructing a new culture capable of fighting the threat to all humanity that the silver ships represent. There's lots of danger, challenges, on-the-fly can-do engineering...
What's different from "the good old stuff" is that Jucha is writing from the social assumptions and dynamics of the 2010s, not the 1950s. Or 1930s. Both smart characters and stupid ones, good and bad, come in both male and female, as well as the range of ethnic options represented in the populations of New Terra and the Confederation. in a way that feels natural and realistic.
It's just a good, solid, enjoyable story, with pretty good characters and world-building. Both have gotten stronger since the first book, The Silver Ships, although Alex Racine is still improbably capable. Overall, this is a lot of what I want when I wish for some of "the good old stuff," without the baggage that makes me hesitate to pick up a Golden Age old favorite for fear it won't be as good as remembered.
I bought this book.
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