Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Review: We Are the Destroyers by D. K. Lindler

Many thousands of years ago on a planet in the Belt of Orion, Captain Bel'lar accepts a monumental task. Overconsumption is destroying his home planet, and synthetic foods are turning his people into degenerated mutants. As one of the few remaining but persecuted Organs, Bel'lar and his small crew are sent to find the semi-mythical blue-white planet and discover if it is really a place for humanity to begin again. But the visions of his beautiful companion Ry Sing, a mystic and seer shake Bel'lar. She tells him that eons ago, 

Bel'lar was faced with the burden of saving his people from their own greed. Only then he was the Great One, the sacred head of their religion. He had seen no other way to liberate them than to destroy the planet in a great cataclysm. . . But could this vision be true? Bel'lar and his crew find the blue-white planet, a wonderful, habitable place. They return home but 350 years have passed. The Synthetics have taken over the planet and Organs don't exist anymore. Searching for anyone to take back to the blue-white planet, Bel'lar is captured and taken to the Compound of the Congress where he learns he will be sacrificed at the Last Rites of Ester. When Bel'lar is brought out to be sacrificed, the truth of Ry Sing's vision begins to reveal itself. Will he be able to avoid his destiny this time? Or is he fated to live the vision once again?

Received for review.

This had an interesting premise but the message it was trying to convey quickly took over the story and left me feeling like the author was trying to beat it into my head that big agriculture (and in fact all big corporations) are bad and that everyone should live a crunchy granola lifestyle.  Now, that's fine if it's a non-fiction book, but this was supposed to be a science fiction novel.  Obviously it still was since the characters are traveling through space and such but the heavy handed approach the author took to promoting her agenda ruined any sort of enjoyment I may have had in reading the book.

The story is interesting but the characters really have to depth to them beyond showing how evil it is to eat McDonalds and purchase the newest iPhone.

So, while well written the author's blatant agenda is too overwhelming to make this something I can really recommend, unless you enjoy reading about crunchy granola space travelers, in which case this should be a perfect fit.

★★☆☆☆ = Just Okay

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