Galaxy of Fear: The Swarm

March 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm (Reads) (, , , )

swarmGalaxy of Fear: The Swarm by John Whitman


It looks like the last six books of Galaxy of Fear will just be standalone adventures. I think this is Whitman’s best approach, since the first six, while connected, were standalone, and he seemed to be forcing that connection among the individual books.  The Swarm is a weaker entry to the series, because its theme feels so heavy-handed.

The story has Zak and Tash visiting the S’krrr, an insectoid race of creatures who live in an environmentally balanced park. Of course, once they land, they cause problems for the S’krrr, so much of the story is about showing how actions have consequences. I guess this is a good lesson for anyone to learn (and this is, after all, a kids’ book), but it seems so obvious, and wouldn’t kids have learned that lesson by now? It just seemed like a basic point to make for the story.

Also, Thrawn makes an appearance, which struck me as strange. I don’t remember him being a captain at this point in the timeline, but granted I’ve only seen him in Outbound Flight and the Thrawn trilogy, which are the bookends of his career with the Empire, so I guess it could be. It just seemed more like fan service than actually using a character to its best effect.

Despite my concerns, it’s still a solid read, with good characters and a compelling plot. I just wish Whitman would reach a bit deeper into his stories to make them feel more significant.

Started: December 28, 2017
Finished: December 28, 2017

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