K Webster has written just about everything else, so it’s time for her to try some science fiction. And when she goes scifi, she definitely goes all the way. For The Forgotten Commander, she got together with Nicole Blanchard and wrote something that was just amazing. Seriously, when I finished this, I went on FB and was like OMFG soo fucking good!
Here’s the basics. Breccan is the commander of the last 10 morts on the entire planet. Disease has wiped everyone out, and now, it’s just him and his 9 males. When they are dead, their entire civilization is gone. The last female mort died some time ago, her child with her, and now, it’s just them. They live in a self-contained dome, which they keep super clean so that they don’t get any disease and they are protected from the wild and dangerous things that live on their planet. It also keeps them away from the sun, because the UV rays are dangerous to them. However, Breccan doesn’t pay much attention to that, he likes to take his life in his hand and sit and back himself in the sunlight. Of course, when there’s pretty much no hope in your life, what else are you going to do?
But all of a sudden, things change. Two of his morts had been out in space doing some recon, and Theron and Sayer have found something. They found a ship, and on that ship, they found females in stasis tubes. The ship was just going past their planet, so they sneaked on and stole away with 5 of the stasis tubes and brought them home.
Even better than finding 5 women, it turns out that the women are compatible with the morts, so they have a chance to build their society. So, as the commander, Breccan makes the decision that they will inseminate the women while they are in stasis so that they can give birth that way. After all, there are 10 males and only 5 females, someone is going to get left out.
Well, there’s one small problem with that. And her name is Aria. She sort of wakes up during the procedure, but definitely wakes up later, and it isn’t good. It isn’t good at all.
This isn’t an easy book. There are a lot of problems, which of course there are going to be. I mean, seriously, Aria wakes up who knows where and she doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t remember anything, and then, there are these aliens who are all talking at her and trying to figure out what’s happening. She runs away, but then Breccan gets her, and, and, and. Of course, there’s a lot of problems. I don’t blame Aria for any of her feelings because she has every right to feel all of those feelings and even more.
It’s not easy on Breccan either. He never expected to have a female around, because there aren’t any more, and she doesn’t act like his mother did with his father, so he’s kind of at a loss. So, everything is difficult. Every time that Breccan thinks he has a grasp on everything, it changes.
I think a lot of the problems are that they are two very disparate cultures trying to come together. There are always a lot of little things that you do or know that you don’t necessarily think about because they just are. But when you get together with someone from another culture who doesn’t do those things, it can cause problems. And when you are talking about people from Earth, there is at least some kind of common starting place. But when you have two people from very different worlds, literally? Yeah, the only starting place they have is that they are both alive. So, of course, there are going to be problems because of that.
Of all the other morts, I think Hadrian is my favorite. He’s just so damn chipper. He’s like a little puppy, how can anyone not like him?
I am very much looking forward to the next books in this series. They are going to be so good!
OMG, the date was the most perfect thing ever. Everyone getting together so that they can help Breccan and make Aria happy? That was just so sweet and perfect.
OK, that’s all on this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!