On a medical starship not far away, Dr. Pik is ordered to find a cure for the plague – an unlikely assignment, given his inbred hatred of the whole Gannahan race. Duty trumps prejudice, however, and he succeeds… but that’s just the beginning of the story.
Dassa and Pik survive attack by space pirates, food poisoning, savage Gannahan beasts, and a plane crash. The hardest part, though, is enduring one another’s company.
The Creator who wrote the story of redemption in the stars has commanded her to share it with her reluctant savior. That’s not all He requires of her, but the rest is unthinkable.
The Story in the Stars by Yvonne Anderson was an interesting tale. The book alternates viewpoints between Dassa, Gannahan sole survivor of a planetary plague, and Pik, a doctor from a race of people nearly exterminated by the Gannahan centuries before. And yet Pik, as half-human – the only one of his kind – is capable of identifying with Dassa more than anyone else.
I loved Dassa and her world. She was strong, capable and amazing. Gannahan’s were a fascinating race with neat abilities. And their planet was a simultaneously scary, beautiful place that I could have read about endlessly. Everything to do with Dassa and her planet was colorful, vivid and lively. Pik, however, was a bit more uneven. He started the story with quite a chip on his shoulder but, over time, came to know Dassa and they even seemed to develop a bit of a comradery. But then he would suddenly regress a bit so I had a hard time feeling like I ever really got to know him.
The story is very religious – I liked the idea that God arranged the constellations on every single planet as a story of His love. (And the one negative review on Amazon amused me with it’s accusations of heresy – um, it’s a fictional what-if!) In many ways the story was more about Pik than Dassa – getting past his pride, prejudices and misconceptions to surrender himself to the Lord. Meanwhile Dassa struggled with the burden of being the last of her kind and the violent inclinations of her race (everyone has a thorn to battle, right?). So most of the book was focused on Dassa sharing God with a resistant Pik, throughout all their adventures.
While I loved the Gannahan’s, there was one small aspect of them that I didn’t think quite made sense. But it’s difficult to go into without being slightly spoilery. The Gannahan’s have an ability to tap into their spiritual connection – their Meah. So while all Christians have the Holy Spirit, they literally have a direct line of communication. It was an interesting concept (wouldn’t it be great if God spoke to us as regularly and literally as He does to them?). And when they are about to die, they drive out to a holy place, deep inside a mountain, and walk through a portal into Heaven. Their family, watching them leave, literally sees them welcomed into Jesus’ arms. (This may only be for their king’s – I wasn’t clear on that part.) But if the Gannahan’s only discovered God after their almost-invasion of earth so many centuries ago, where did this holy room and portal come from? It’s not a critical plot point, but it niggled at me.
The one aspect that I really didn’t like was that, almost from the beginning, Dassa felt God telling her she is eventually supposed to marry Pik. And so all her interactions with him felt slightly tinged with ulterior motives – bringing the guy who frequently acted like a slimeball to salvation so she could stomach to marry him (and so he’d even want to). And then the book ended before any hinted romance. After putting up with his attitude for the entire book, I was expecting a little romantic payoff! 😉 I also didn’t understand the one-year time jump at the very end. Why the gap?
All that being said, I found Gannahan such a fascinating place that I look forward to reading the next in the series. And hopefully getting to like Pik now that he doesn’t have a chip on his shoulder! 😉
Do you expect a little romance in most books?
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