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Book Review: Collision by Michael Phillip Cash

Collision by Michael Phillip Cash

Publication Date: March 3rd, 2014

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Genre(s): Science Fiction

Series Status: The Battle for Darracia Saga #2

Pages: 260

Format and Source: Paperback, Sent from author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Darracia saga continues with all the key players spread out and searching for answers throughout the solar system. Prince V’sair struggles to hold his fractured kingdom together without help from his family. His stepbrother Zayden is on a vengeful hunt for his evil uncle Staf Nuen. Tulani navigates her two worlds trying to bring them together. Staf Nuen, the orchestrator of the original coup, is making unholy alliances with nefarious new allies. Like the comet zipping across the horizon, all the different factions are heading for a collision course that will test both their faith and power.

WARNING: Spoilers for previous book in the trilogy, Schism.

Collision starts a year after the last book, Schism. V’sair has been king for a year in a broken kingdom, a heartbroken Zayden is slowly learning to deal with the loss of his eye and his girl, evil uncle Staf Nuen is on the run and hiding among a king who is Darracia’s enemy, and peace is still far off between the two native species – the Darracians and Quyroo. In the first book the latter was mentioned in great detail, but it still wasn’t the main focus. But in this book, now that it is the main protagonists issue, it is touched upon more. We are able to see more of what is happening politically to try and achieve equality between the two species, and the (many) issues that arise which stop this. I like the political aspect of this as it shows how complicated it is to form rues and laws around people who have entirely different opinions of what is right and what is wrong.

Compared to the first book in the series this is so much better. My main issue with the last book was that it was too fast paced, and it came to conclusions too quickly. Due to the fact that this book was set a year after the last any conclusions made are a year in the making, meaning it is a lot more realistic.

One thing I love about this book trilogy is the view it has on beauty. Due to the fact that most characters in this trilogy are entirely different species from one and other, the fact that they still find each other beautiful for being who they are is something we don’t do a lot of. Something that we might consider an imperfection is what these species consider beautiful, and it’s recognised as such. I really enjoy that aspect.

There are many subplots in this book, so I can’t cover them all. But the main plot is one that combines many aspects – politics, revenge, a dying planet, and hatred – and they all give reason to the horrific crime Lothen plans, the king of Planta and the brother to Queen Reminda of Darracia, commit. To me this adds a lot of realism to the plot line, and also the fact that did I definitely did not see that coming did make it more enjoyable.

Overall this book was certainly better than the previous, and carries on well from there. It portrays the struggle of each character well as they all try to find themselves, and has interesting politics and back-history involved too. Paired with the diversity of the story, species, and beliefs portrayed makes this book a very interesting read.

To check out my review for the first book in this trilogy, Schism, click here.

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