Alliance Rising

C. J. Cherryh
Years after Sol has lagged behind other great megastations like Pell and Cyteen, Alpha station receives news of an incoming ship with no identification. The denizens of Alpha wait anxiously for news on the outsiders, each with their own suspicions. Ross and Fallon, crew members of the Galway, believe the ship belongs to Pell, which has an interest in The Rights of Man, another massive ship docked at Alpha. It is under the command of the Earth Company, but it is not quite ready, and its true purpose is shrouded in mystery. James Robert Neihart is captain of Finity's End, a Pell ship flown by one of the Families. He has heard whispers of The Rights of Man, and wonders at its design and purpose, especially as Sol struggles to rival the progress of the Farther Stars. Now stationed on Alpha, he must convince the crews that more is happening with the megastations than meets the eye. For the reasons behind the creation of The Rights of Man, and its true plans, could change everything--not just for Sol, but for the First Stars and the Beyond itself.


Reviewed: 2019-01-23

I'm super biased because C.J. Cherryh's particular form of introspective, nuanced, dense political drama is my happy place. Seriously, sitting down and reading one of her books feels like drinking hot tea in front of a fire wrapped in a blanket to me. Gimme every single detail of a character's decision making process. Make me understand in detail the political ramifications of every option that they consider. Make it take forever to get anywhere so I can just sort of wallow in C.J. Cherryh's lovely worldbuilding. I want all of that. It's my happy place.

Given, this type of slow, detailed writing is probably not everyone's happy place, or even most people's happy place. If you're the type who wants action! And flashy drama! And to have it all happen *right now*, this probably won't be for you. But if you're a Cherryh fan... she did a good job on this one, you guy. I enjoyed it immensely.


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