Written by: Kristin Landon
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 293 (Mass Market Paperback)
The premise: in this second book of Landon's series, years have passed since Linnea Kiaho and her lover Iain sen Paolo escaped the Cold Mind infestation on the planet Freija, since they learned that Linnea had the talent to fly. Now, they must recruit and train other Pilots, outside of the Line, because the Line refuses to acknowledge the Cold Mind invasion, and is content to let the poorer worlds rot. Linnea, who pines for her home, won't let that happen, even though the situation seems hopeless with an enemy that's impossible to destroy and allies who are content on destroying themselves.
Give It Away: if you enjoyed the first book, The Hidden Worlds, then this is worth the cash. But if the first book gave you serious problems, I'm not sure you'll want to keep reading. There's no doubt that Landon is more comfortable here with her setting, her characters, and her story (and I do love the sense of hopelessness that pervades the story), but overall, the book didn't click for me, and it's because I had trouble buying character motivation and swallowing the supposed changes the characters underwent during the course of the book. Maybe it's middle-book syndrome, if this is in fact a trilogy (I don't know, but the third book, The Dark Reaches will be released June 30, 2009), and I do like the fact that while I don't buy the character changes, I do buy the changes made in the overall world and political system. Also notable, but not affecting my enjoyment in a negative manner, was how this second installment doesn't count at all as SF-Romance, whereas I felt the first book, The Hidden Worlds, did. The relationship between Linnea and Iain is far more strained and also more believable in this book, and that was refreshing, as it allowed the author to really focus on the bigger picture. And while this book didn't click for me, I'm still interested in reading forward, in getting the third book, especially since its premise looks like it'll really push the story forward. And I will also say that this is a trilogy (or series) worth checking out, but you definitely need to start with the first book, The Hidden Worlds, because while The Cold Minds tells its own complete story, I feel readers will be lost without the first book under their belt.
Review style: this review is divided into two sections, what I liked and what I didn't. I'll avoid specific spoilers. So, if you want to read the full review, just hop over to my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.
REVIEW: Kristin Landon's THE COLD MINDS
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