My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Characters live and breathe—Escapism at its best.
“So real, at times, I pictured myself in the innocence of Princess Corinna’s graceful movements.”
Major’s story is mostly told by Princess Corinna, daughter to the Great Lord Corin, as this is her journey from the time she is 12 to that of her coming of age as a young woman, in a world very few of us would comprehend.
Imagine an Earth where the folly of its inhabitants has destroyed it. Nothing is left but to round up survivors in ships that will sail across the galaxy in search of a new home, a planet that will sustain life and allow the population on these ships, not only to survive, but to thrive and prosper.
Of course, the stars never quite map out direct routes for anyone, do they? And these separate colonies of people, in five different ships, become estranged over decades of traveling amid the stars, people of each ship bonding with each other instead of the colony as a whole.
In this, Diane Major’s human has not changed, still searching to cocoon while excluding strangers to their hives.
My favorite character is Corinna. Gentle, timid, Major shows her grow in knowledge and inner strength, her wide eyed courage setting the tone of this story. Impossible not to get attached to her quiet, lovely skills as an apprentice leader. Diane dedicated this book to her two daughters.