We Are The Destroyers by D.K. Lindler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Summary: Many thousands of years ago on a planet in the Belt of Orion, Captain Bel'lar accepts a monumental task. Overconsumption is destroying his home planet, and synthetic foods are turning his people into degenerated mutants. As one of the few remaining but persecuted Organs, Bel'lar and his small crew are sent to find the semi-mythical blue-white planet and discover if it is really a place for humanity to begin again. But the visions of his beautiful companion Ry Sing, a mystic and seer shake Bel'lar. She tells him that eons ago, Bel'lar was faced with the burden of saving his people from their own greed. Only then he was the Great One, the sacred head of their religion. He had seen no other way to liberate them than to destroy the planet in a great cataclysm. . . But could this vision be true? Bel'lar and his crew find the blue-white planet, a wonderful, habitable place. They return home but 350 years have passed. The Synthetics have taken over the planet and Organs don't exist anymore. Searching for anyone to take back to the blue-white planet, Bel'lar is captured and taken to the Compound of the Congress where he learns he will be sacrificed at the Last Rites of Ester. When Bel'lar is brought out to be sacrificed, the truth of Ry Sing's vision begins to reveal itself. Will he be able to avoid his destiny this time? Or is he fated to live the vision once again?
I'm a huge science fiction fan but I must admit that I'm not entirely sure that this is science fiction. It read more like a fantasy with some scifi elements added in. Also, while a lot of things happened in the book with Bel'lar & Ry and their team who are in search of a new home for humanity after they've brought yet another world to the brink of destruction, I didn't feel like there was much of a story here, insofar as an actual plot. I do suppose that as a cautionary tale of humanity's propensity to extract and use up any viable resource and our tendency to repeat such actions over and over, that may be story enough but I was looking for something else or thought I would get something else when I read the summary that made me want to read this. The characters were okay but not a one of them will stay with me for any length of time. The author clearly has a vision for this world she's set out and perhaps it comes across more clearly in subsequent books (first in series books are often quite a lot of set up for the rest, so perhaps that's where some of my disconnect with the story came from). . I was satisfied enough with the ending that I don't feel a deep need to continue on with the series but I'm not sorry that I've read this either. Three stars as there are no half stars here, it's more than just okay but just short of a strong "like" for me.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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