Convergence by C.J. Cherryh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love writers who make me think. This series of C.J. Cherryh's could so well apply to our migrant problems today and how to and how not to deal with influxes of different cultures. I looked forward to book 18 in the series and chuckled when I read reviews whilst waiting for my copy to arrive. The hard core SF, Bang you're dead, Chase the baddies fans were complaining about too much politics and not enough action.
Well, fans, the title tells it all. Bren's role now is to see to the convergence of knowledge of the languages and scientific, technological and cultural heritage of three different groups of humans, the planet's native peoples and the strangers they met in space. He has to drag the group of Mospheiran humans into the current century and stop them living by 200 year old rules of cultural interchange and resettle the humans who were rescued from a space station.
Bren is sent, with his faithful four ashid, to sort out the humans on Mospheira. He does so as a Court official of the Atevi. Naturally he has to face complaints but generally he has a smooth ride thanks to the president being a realistic humane individual and old friend.
Back on the mainland the young heir sets off on his first official visit and lands himself in a situation where he might be able to solve one of his father's problems.
It has been fun travelling with Bren through the novels, watching him grow older and wiser and this novel is a satisfying tying up of loose ends and political snarls, getting ready for all the new problems which are about to arrive. Cherryh has given us clues, I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens next.
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