by Karen Lord
A major disaster has hit the Sadiri homeworld caused by an unprovoked attack by their enemies leaving the survivors reeling and without any kind of home. Delarua is saddled with the task of helping Dllenahkh, a Sadiri diplomat trying to find compatible people with whom the Sadiri can rebuild their lives. You would think that this book would be another bummer post-apocalyptic book but it’s not. Narrated by Delaura who is impulsive, irreverent, and whip smart, you journey around Cygnus Beta with a team of scientists studying the various people and cultures. The examination of social structures and how one planet came to be home to so many different cultures really give this book a richness that is wonderful to behold. Lord’s storytelling lush, the pacing is really quite lovely, and her characters are interesting and nuanced.