The Best of All Possible Worlds

The Best of All Possible Worlds

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Now Lord returns with a second novel that exceeds the promise of her first. "The Best of All Possible Worlds "is a stunning science fiction epic that is also a beautifully wrought, deeply moving love story. A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever. Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race--and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far-reaching ramifications. As their mission hangs in the balance, this unlikely team--one cool and cerebral, the other fiery and impulsive--just may find in each other their own destinies . . . and a force that transcends all.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 307 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780345534057
0345534050
9780345534064
0345534069
Branch Call Number: Lord

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mslibrarynerd
Oct 19, 2016

This was a slow paced, but well written and curiously thought of story about intercultural interactions and the cultural ramifications of a catastrophic event on a culture of people. I really loved it.

cmlibrary_myork Dec 14, 2015

I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I wanted to from the effusive reviews about its originality. I first picked up the sequel and then chose to start with the first book, even though the second can be read as a stand-alone.

The book's exploration of the cultural adaptation of an endangered society is interesting, but short, I felt, on plot. The reticence of one of the main characters (who is also one of the two narrators), though an integral aspect to his personality, did not lend itself to an intimate perspective for the reader.

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sat7
May 14, 2015

SiFi romance. Well done great timing. Worthy read indeed.

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PennPal
Aug 08, 2014

thoroughly enjoyable. did not want to put down as the prose flowed effortlessly.

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lostintheshelves
Aug 11, 2013

Karen Lord won a well-deserved Frank Collymore Award for the best work of fiction in Barbados for her first novel, the quietly stunning Redemption in Indigo.

Though not as good as her first, her second novel is well-worth your time, especially if you like sci-fi, chapters with self-contained plots, or romances with black women in the lead role.

It's basically a fun little sci-fi romance, but there's also some very smart playing with classic science fiction and fantasy tropes. The hero and heroine visit a different sci-fi setting in each chapter and have varied adventures as their friendship slowly deepens into love. There's also some subtle but lovely imagining of future worlds based in Caribbean culture.

A good choice when you want to read something light but not dumb, and especially interesting for those of us interested in more racial and ethnic diversity in science fiction.

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