After reading two books in the last couple months that fit firmly in the realm of science fiction, I have decided that I like my science fiction with a large side of feelings. I’m not sure if I’ve ever encountered science fiction books like A Tangle of Fates or First Sun before. Ones that seem to appeal more the my female sensibilities and less to my male sensibilities. You see, I don’t understand (or even like) the militarized version of science fiction with its “carefully” thought out strategies and quest for species domination. (I’m looking at you, Ender’s Game.) A Tangle of Fates by Leslie Ann Moore certainly fits my need for science fiction with feelings.
A Tangle of Fates takes place on a planet colonized by humans which they have already destroyed and are working to rebuild. There is political intrigue and machinations that has a caused a resistances to form providing the reader with a bit of indecision on who is in the right. These things provide a basis for propelling the plot forward and creating a bit of struggle for Deanna, the main character, and Zander, her closest friend.
The struggles facing Deanna and Zander are real as is the world of Neuteirra. Moore does a fantastic job blending known elements of Earth and the unknown of Neuteirra. By using Spanish language and culture with strong descriptions that reference known earthly connections, Neuteirra feels unfamiliar yet familiar. A world and history you can’t wait to discover and new friends you can’t wait to fight alongside.
A Tangle of Fates by Leslie Ann Moore gets a thumbs up for constructing a new world from a known world and dreaming into being a society of characters that I would consider friends and fight to the death with.
“When there is a grand cause to be won,” he said, “sometimes, there are unavoidable casualties. None of us are happy about that, but it’s a painful reality.” He paused and added, “We’ve all accepted our culpability…”
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