Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Best of All Possible Worlds, by Karen Lord (author), Robin Miles (narrator)

Audible Studios, February 2015

Sadira's enemies have wiped out all life on Sadira, in a shocking genocidal attack. The only survivors are those who were off planet at the time. Most of the survivors have settled on New Sadira, but there was a gender imbalance. The surplus males created stress and conflict, so they have traveled to the planet of Cygnus Beta.

Cygnus Beta has a very mixed population, with the varied human races and cultures from all over the galaxy who themselves settled there as refugees from their own past disasters. The surviving Sadiri want to preserve as much of their culture by recruiting potential wives from the cultures that preserve Sadiri genetic traits, including telepathic abilities, as well as cultural traits.

Counselor Dllenahkh is one of the leaders of the Sadiri refugees. Second Assistant Biostatician Grace Delarua begin to work closely together as part of an expedition to survey the cultures on the planet that preserve a significant degree of Sadiri genetics or culture. The Sadiri are very reserved and don't display a lot of emotion. Delarua's culture, one of many on Cygnus Beta, is more openly expressive. Telepathic abilities are an important part of Sadiri culture. Delarua has always tested negative for psi abilities. And yet she is very, very perceptive, and very good at calming people around her....

This is anthropological science fiction. It's a travelogue on an alien planet. It's a slow-paced romance between two mature adults. It won't appeal to everyone.

I loved it.

I bought this audiobook.