Publishing Date: October 2015
Publisher Description: Centuries of ruinous war have left Earth little more than a dusty tourist world within the star-flung Commonwealth she founded. Now, amid the ruins of a post-apocalyptic Hawaii, Jezekiah Van Buren has found a way to restore Earth – Home World to the other worlds of the Commonwealth – to her lost glory.
Review: This was a long novel, which is a good thing in our serialized culture. Jezekiah is next in line for the protectorship of Earth and machinates an alliance with a race of powerful lycans. He only has to get his crazy, murderous sister to marry the head Lycan in order to seal the deal.
The character development is good as the novel is long, so there is plenty of movement to accommodate even the bit players. Letticia is a wonderfully funny, crazy and scarey character whom is constantly seeking to kill Jezekiah in order to be next in line. Some of the characters didn’t ring true, or fell a little flat due to an exorbitant amount of focus, for little return. For instance, Mote, aka Keiko Yakamoto is super speshul. Grandfather Ho seeks to use her, Jezekiah and the Lycan want to bang her, the Security chief has a daddy complex for her, General Yakamoto lends her grief and Letticia wants to kill her.
The world building is pretty good, considering that the story line is set entirely on Earth. There is no alien planet starhopping or bizarre aliens to contend with, just genetically enhanced humans made for diverse environments.
A very good read that could have used a dose of adventure to limit the emotive interactions.