Author: JA Rock
Cover Artist: Simoné
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/11/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Science Fiction
What humans want from the Silver Planet is water. What they find is a race of humanoids who are sentient, but as emotionless and serene as the plants and placid lakes they tend.
B, captain of the mission, doesn’t believe that the “Silvers” are intelligent, and lets his crew experiment on them. But then he bonds with Imms, who seems different from the others—interested in learning, intrigued by human feelings. And B realizes that capturing, studying, and killing this planet’s natives has done incalculable damage.
When a fire aboard B’s ship kills most of the crew and endangers Imms, B decides to take him back to Earth. But the simplicity of the Silver Planet doesn’t follow them. Imms learns the full spectrum of human emotions, including a love B is frightened to return, and a mistrust of the bureaucracy that wants to treat Imms like a test subject, even if they have to eliminate B to do it.
I found The Silvers to be a hard book to read, rate and review. While the writing and prose were superb, I had a hard time connecting with the characters and the depictions of human nature as a whole.
In the beginning, everyone was awful to the Silvers. I had a hard time believing that a scientific crew sent to research water would take it upon themselves to “research” the beings of the planet that way. I also found it hard that the Silvers’ lack of negative emotions would drive the crew to try and illicit such responses. It upset me greatly.
I also didn’t believe the feelings that were developed between Imms and B. While I could get Imms feelings, B’s didn’t feel genuine and there was an inherent wrongness to his treatment of Imms.
All the characters were deeply flawed, with the exception of B’s mother (who I didn’t feel I knew well). There were few redeeming qualities about them, in my mind. The governing scientific community were exploitive and manipulative. The depiction of humans as a whole leaned to the negative. Maybe I am naïve but I felt the book was very cynical.
To cap it off, the ending was very tentative happy-for-now; really more of just, together for now. I didn’t feel any of the hope Imms did.
I usually like this author, but this book did not do it for me.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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