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Czerneda, Julie, 1955-
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New York : DAW Books, [2004]

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x, 401 pages ; 18 cm.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.1 20.0 85316.
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When her Field Base is mysteriously attacked, Dr. Mackenzie Connor must flee for her life. Joining forces with an alien archaeologist, she escapes to his planet on a quest to find a defense against the unknown agressor-before they launch a full-scale invasion of Earth.

Author Notes

Former biologist Julie Czerneda's science fiction has received international acclaim, awards, and best-selling status. She is author of the popular Web Shifters series as well as the Trade Pact Universe trilogy. She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her stand-alone novel, In the Company of Others, won Canada's Prix Aurora Award and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished SF. Julie lives with her husband and two children in the lake country of central Ontario, under skies so clear they could take seeing the Milky Way for granted, but never do

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Booklist Review

Czerneda opens the Species Imperative series with a somewhat original variation on the theme of alien invasion. Dr. Mackenzie Connor heads the Norcoast Salmon Research Facility and is completely immersed in her work. She and Dr. Emily Mamani are just settling in to monitor the year's salmon run when Norcoast is visited by Brymn, the first member of the Dhryn species to come to Earth. An archaeologist, Brymn is studying a region of space called the Chasm. All of the worlds in it are empty of life forms but contain traces of life, and even civilizations, that once existed on them. Brymn needs the help of a biologist, but biology is a discipline forbidden by his culture. Mackenzie isn't interested in obliging him--until Emily disappears. Czerneda has created convincing future Earth and space cultures, and her characters, though archetypal, pass muster. The novel suffers from extremely uneven pacing, however-- very slow in the first half, then bouncing along in the second to a series-auguring finale. --Frieda Murray Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Must one species' evolution ensure another's extinction? Canadian author Czerneda (To Trade the Stars) attempts to answer that loaded question by focusing on the unique but dangerous relationship that biologist Mackenzie "Mac" Connor forges with Brymn, a Dhryn archeologist and the first of his race to visit Earth, in this imaginative, if somewhat slow-moving not-so-distant-future novel set in the Pacific Northwest and the far reaches of space. The story comes alive whenever the workaholic, emotionally withdrawn Mac interacts with the seven-armed Brymn, "a giant bearlike being," who at one point applies makeup to go diving with salmon. Trouble arrives in the form of the alien Ro, who kidnap Dr. Emily Mamani Sarmiento, a colleague of Mac's at Norcoast Salmon Research Facility. Blamed for creating the Chasm, a zone of space littered with worlds that have been sucked dry of all life forms, the Ro also want Brymn and Mac. The Interspecies Union's representative, Nikolai "Nik" Trojanowski, whose mysterious attraction to the straight-laced Mac adds romantic heat to the proceedings, helps the two escape to Haven, the Dhryn homeworld. Unfortunately, Brymn and Mac soon find no place is safe from one species' imperative to survive at any cost. A planned sequel may try to answer the next vital question can friendship evolve to forgive the ultimate betrayal? (May 1) Forecast: The old-fashioned jacket art, with its appealing images of Mac and Brymn, will signal that this book, with its minimal sex and violence, is suitable for young teens and high schoolers. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

When their research involving the annual Rocky Mountains salmon run is interrupted by a visit from Brymn-the first member of the alien race of Dhryn to journey to Earth-Dr. Mackenzie Conner and her colleague, Dr. Emily Mamani, find themselves involved in the alien's search for the cause of a space anomaly known as the Chasm. Though reluctant to break off her studies, Mackenzie soon realizes that she must travel to the Dhryn home world in order to learn all she can about the hostile Ro alien race, connected somehow with the Chasm and bent on the destruction of all sentient life forms-including humans. Czerneda (In the Company of Others) begins a new sf adventure series featuring a pair of resourceful, knowledgeable female protagonists caught in a war for the survival of the race. A good choice for most sf collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Portentp. 3
Chapter 1 Meetings and Missionp. 5
Chapter 2 Success and Surprisep. 17
Chapter 3 Arrival and Annoyancep. 34
Portentp. 53
Chapter 4 Encounter and Enlistmentp. 55
Chapter 5 Dinner and Discordp. 72
Chapter 6 Study and Suspensep. 84
Portentp. 109
Chapter 7 Chase and Confrontationp. 111
Chapter 8 Dispute and Decisionp. 130
Portentp. 143
Chapter 9 Meetings and Mischiefp. 145
Chapter 10 Search and Shocksp. 167
Portentp. 187
Chapter 11 Interrogation and Invasionp. 189
Chapter 12 Departure and Deceitp. 203
Chapter 13 Goodbyes and Generosityp. 209
Portentp. 231
Chapter 14 Farewells and Flightp. 233
Chapter 15 Boxed and Botheredp. 239
Chapter 16 Transit and Tribulationp. 259
Portentp. 277
Chapter 17 Approach and Anticipationp. 279
Chapter 18 Regulations and Routinep. 291
Chapter 19 Adventure and Anxietyp. 304
Portentp. 319
Chapter 20 Caverns and Curiositiesp. 321
Chapter 21 Visit and Violationp. 337
Portentp. 357
Chapter 22 Rescue and Redemptionp. 359
Chapter 23 Destination and Disclosurep. 363
Portentp. 371
Chapter 24 Education and Endingsp. 373
Chapter 25 Catastrophe and Crisisp. 388
Portentp. 395
Chapter 26 Revelation and Regretp. 397
Chapter 27 Reunion and Renewalp. 399