book reviews by Althea

Little Sisters – Vonda McIntyre *****

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Little Sisters
Little Sisters by Vonda N. McIntyre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Boy, did this one squick me out.
I think that’s why I started out with 4 stars, but after letting it coagulate, I think it deserves 5. The fact that’s it’s truly disturbing is a good thing.

At the outset, we see a soldier, retrieved and brought back home long after a dangerous and successful solo mission. He anticipates congratulations, honor, and tangible reward for his accomplishments… but not everything transpires as he expects.

Saying too much would be spoiling the well-crafted way in which McIntyre reveals the deeper aspects of the story, but with lean and concise prose, she conjures a strikingly original alien species with a social agenda, power structure and ideals that a reader is likely to find both troubling and believable.

Vonda McIntyre, in my opinion, is an author who has not received the prominence she deserves – and this story shows that she’s still at the top of her game.

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