Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Cold Minds - Kristin Landon


The Cold Minds
Kristin Landon
Ace

Science Fiction

Centuries ago, the nanobot civilization known to humans as the Cold Minds destroyed Earth. Humans survived by fleeing to the group of planets called The Hidden Worlds. After so much time, most people believed that they were safe. The Pilots, the top echelon of society in terms of both power and wealth, believe that humanity is safe from the machines. But there are those who have their doubts.

Iain sen Paolo, a Pilot Master of the Line, has first-hand knowledge that the machines are near. He and Linnea Kiaho were held prisoner on an outer world infested with machines and barely escaped with their lives. Because of their beliefs, and public statements, Iain has been banished from the Line. He has trained Linnea to pilot in otherspace; a feat thought impossible for any man not of the Line, much less a woman. They realize that, if the machines come, humanity is going to need a lot more ships and a lot more pilots. As the two work against overwhelming odds and official resistance, the machines are even closer than they imagine.

This is the second in a series. If you haven't read the first book (THE HIDDEN WORLDS) you should have no problems jumping in at this point. The author sketches in the pertinent background material as needed. And, although there is a sequel, this book can be read as a self-contained story. Clearly, there’s more to come, but the ending here is satisfying. The setting is futuristic, but there are characters here that could have been transplanted directly from anyone’s life. There are those willing to do or say anything to retain their power; those who are willfully blind to the realities of conflict; and those who are willing to get their hands dirty and work for a better tomorrow for everyone. This book is a great blend of character study, action, and intrigue. I’m already looking forward to the next one.

Rating: 8
July 2008
ISBN# 978-0-441-01609-9 (paperback)

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