Convergence (Foreigner, #18)

Convergence (Foreigner, book 18)

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Genres: Science Fiction, Fiction, Aliens

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Convergence is the eighteenth book in C.J. Cherryhs beloved Foreigner space opera series.

Convergence marks a new phase in the Foreigner Universe: knowledge about the dangerous situation in adjacent space rests only with Bren Cameron, the human diplomat to the alien court of the atevi, four starship captains, and the two chiefs of state—both the human and the atevi, who share the planet.

Bren is obliged to carry the just-signed treaty to the human government on an island some forty miles off the shores of the atevi-ruled megacontinent, and—without explaining the dire situation that would send the people into chaos—to arrange for the human refugees who are crowding the space station to be landed on the island, since the atevi will not grant more land to the human residents of their planet. Bren, a native of this island, is now an atevi official—trying to prepare the human inhabitants for the arrival of many more desperate human refugees from space.

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  •    Jukora Maruchtchak
    2020
    I really like these books, and I was glad to visit again with the characters and become immersed in the language style. However, this is perhaps the weakest entry in the whole series (aside from the first book which is weak for entirely different reasons).

    It’s 90% talking. That might not be so bad, but most of the talking is either rehashing of previous events, or even worse, Bren explaining the current Situation over and over again. Even that might have been tolerable if there was the usual bit of suspenseful action at the end, but this absolutely just peters out.

    The Situation is the same as at the end of the previous book: the alien kyo have signed a treaty of good will and are leaving the solar system; there are 5000 people on the space station who need to be relocated to the planet as soon as possible; and the human children whom Cajeiri befriended on the station would be good candidates for future paidhi.

    I have all that memorized, because Bren explains it, at length, at least a dozen times. He’s making a formal visit to the human island with his entire atevi entourage, and it should have been fun to see their reaction to the human region, and the reaction of the locals. Unfortunately Jago and Banichi speak hardly a word, and all Bren does is meet with various people and explain the aforementioned Situation again until you're ready to scream. The humans merely nod and agree with Bren entirely, unless they are small-minded conservative bigots who embarrass themselves by spluttering weak arguments.

    Cajeiri’s part of the story is only slightly more interesting. He visits his uncle, gets assigned more bodyguards, and meets a distant cousin with some information about the tense political situation. At one point I thought there was potential for a good gun battle, or at least one hasty evacuation by bus, but no such luck. Cajeiri doesn’t get lost or kidnapped or even thrown off his mecheita. The only nice bit is that he's gradually accepting his role as a future leader.

    I like Cherryh’s work enough to put up with a certain amount of repetition and slow pacing, but this book is a disappointment. This series has been fascinating and exciting at times, and I hope the next book will be much better.
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  •    Aragami Kohmuench
    2020
    It almost feels like Cherryh is coasting on the strength of characters developed over the course of twenty-three (!) years and eighteen (!!) novels. It's disappointing that she couldn't find more for them to do: as much as it's fun to follow Bren, his lengthy testimony to the Linguistics Committee of the University of Mospheira does not really pack quite the same punch as alien feudal intrigue or looming inter-species space war.

    It was enjoyable to see Cajeiri's character develop as the "young gentleman" grows into his role of heir, though his sub-plot suffers from overlong description of complex atevi clan relationships: one can understand that Cherryh is proud of all the work she put into world-building, but one finds oneself wishing she would get on with the story! Very little actually happens in this novel, with the most compelling characters - Ilisidi, Banichi, Jago - relegated to very brief and inconsequential cameos.

    It's not clear where, if anywhere, the series is headed. There are no immediate dangers threatening the Earth of the atevi, for once: the kyo have their own paidhi, and in any case their war is far away... at least for now. The aishidi'tat is at peace and loose ends are being tied up. It's hard to imagine anyone not already heavily invested in the Foreigner universe caring much one way or the other whether there will be a novel #19.
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