Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pg. 99: Brenda Cooper's "Reading the Wind"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: Brenda Cooper's Reading the Wind.

About the book, from the publisher:
The colony planet of Fremont was supposed to be free of all genetically altered beings--a new home for a pure race. So when Chelo and her brother Joseph, along with two other genetically altered teenagers, were abandoned on Fremont, they were not welcome. They vowed to get off the planet by any means necessary. Joseph and the others managed to escape, but Chelo was left behind with her new found love, forced to live underground.

Joseph and the others find that their homeworld is full of vengeance. Believing that the people of Fremont killed the teenaged castaways, they sent a technologically advanced mercenary team to Fremont to eliminate the entire planet's population. With the help of Joseph's father, the youngsters head back to Fremont to try to save Chelo.
Reading the Wind is the second book in The Silver Ship trilogy.

Reading the Wind earned a starred review from Booklist, and Paul Di Filippo wrote in SciFi Weekly that "Cooper's achievements here are quiet and smaller in scale than many other showoffish books, but highly laudable.... [E]asy and smooth and very worthwhile."

Learn more about Reading the Wind at the publisher's website, Brenda Cooper's website, and her LiveJournal.

Brenda Cooper is the author of The Silver Ship and the Sea and the co-author of the novel Building Harlequin's Moon, which she wrote with Larry Niven. Her solo and collaborative short fiction has appeared in multiple magazines, including Analog, Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Oceans of the Mind, and The Salal Review.

The Page 99 Test: The Silver Ship and the Sea.

The Page 99 Test: Reading the Wind.

--Marshal Zeringue