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When Bren Cameron is rushed from surgery back to the high court of the alien Atevi, he knows there has to be something drastic going on. And he's right. The woman who replaced him, Deana Hanks, is not at all qualified to work in the position of Paidhi. Her interests are purely and politically human, and Bren can't decide if she's incompetent or malicious. Whatever the answer, she's stirred up a hornets' nest with her off-hand remark about faster-than-light travel, something that the Atevi, with their strong numerical instincts, are already having a hard time working into their culture.

And there is the human spaceship, returned after two hundred years, and the crew worried because they've found the station abandoned and the humans -- and Atevi -- not technologically ready to take to space again. Can the Atevi trust the new humans? They are more than aware they can't trust most of the humans who already live on the world.

Bren has moved up in the Atevi society. He has a historic apartment next door to Tabini, the leader of the Western Association -- the most powerful man in the Atevi world, and ... well, one can't say he is a friend (a word that doesn't exist for the Atevi) but he is at least a protector for Bren.

Invader takes us farther into the Atevi culture, which Bren only thought he really understood. It's obvious there are far too many things a human just isn't qualified to experience, much like the Atevi can't experience friendship and love. Man'chi takes its place in their psyches, and Bren almost begins to understand it -- or at least to see how it works.

He is, however, losing contact with the human population, both in a physical and a mental capacity. He's not as comfortable changing for the Atevi mindset to the human one these days. His failed love life, the pressure from his family who are being harassed by the same people who back Deana Hanks, and his own government department is no longer truly backing him.

Bren Cameron is on his own, fighting against Deana Hanks and her influence with fringe Atevi, and trying to prepare for the arrival of two more Paidhi -- these from the ship, one for the humans and one to train under him for the Atevi.

People are still trying to kill him. Life is not going to get any easier.

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Zette's Reading Challenge [View all] , zette, Tue Dec-15-09 08:06 PM
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