Home World

Fiction - Science Fiction
496 Pages
Reviewed on 10/20/2014
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Earth is in a dystopian state due to centuries of damaging war. Jezekiah Van Buren, the intelligent yet reluctant future Lord High Protector of Earth of the Great Family Van Buren, has arranged a treaty. By marrying off his estranged younger sister, Letticia, to an alpha Lupan named Strongarm, the Lupans will become Earth’s powerful allies. The treaty will restore Earth to its former glory and release Jezekiah from his duty as the Earth’s next Protector. Upon arriving home, Jezekiah expected the trouble he faces to stay alive as he is targeted by his sister’s hired assassins. Yet love isn't one of them when he stumbles upon a warrior woman, Keiko. Unfortunately, Strongarm has also fallen for Keiko. Who will win Keiko’s heart in the end?

Set in post-apocalyptic Hawaii, Home World is a fascinating and original sci-fi tale from Bonnie Milani with a lot of political struggles, family drama and romance. The characters' development is clearly one of the main strengths of the story – they propel the plot nicely. The future technologies in the story are impressive but I did have my moments of confusion to try to grasp all of them; ShipMind, NetMind, KnowNet and whatnot. Additionally, as the result of genetic manipulations, there are different classes of humanoid too; the Natural, Sprite, Lupan, Aryan and the weather-sensitive miner type. It took me a while to familiarize myself with the world that Milani created.

Overall, Milani’s unique sci-fi story is well-crafted and comprehensive. She is an intriguing writer with an eye for detail and a good sense of pacing. Her thoughtful prose is a rare find, and I’m eager to read her next work. Sci-fi fans will find Home World a good addition to their favorite books.

Laura Roberts

Impossible to sum up in such a short paragraph, Bonnie Milani's Home World combines elements of sci-fi, romance and action-adventure for a book that's sure to grab readers from multiple genres. A truly epic story, the book spans the galaxy both inside and out, using a pinch from many different tropes, including space travel, warring species, and intruders in cyberspace. Ultimately the tale focuses on the Great Family Van Buren and their need to create a truce between their Commonwealth and the Lupans. Jezekiah, next in line for a throne he doesn't wish to ascend, has a plan to marry off his sister, Letticia, to Strongarm, head of the Lupans. Only one problem: Letticia hates Jezekiah and refuses to marry for the sake of his treaty. Add to the mix a spirited Samurai-trained warrior, Keiko Yakamoto, who's stolen both Strongarm and Jezekiah's hearts and you've got one big snafu on the path to peace.

Milani pulls in pieces of many beloved sci-fi stories to create her own unique space opera, including a domineering ring that rules all the Van Burens, Letticia's hacker skills, and half-human/half-animal genetic variants battling in space. Whether you're drawn in by the book's political intrigue (of which there's a ton, and much of which was fairly confusing for me to follow), the cyber-drama or the romantic plots, there's a bit of something for everyone in Home World. Combining Hawaii and outer space is something of a feat in and of itself, but convincingly drawing readers into both Home World's dramas and those of the planets Jezekiah must visit to create a truce requires plenty of room to spread out and weave this complicated tale. In a galaxy filled with "types," genetically bred for distinct purposes, it's interesting to see how each character works within their own hardwired limits -- but even more rewarding when they rise above them. Home World's unusual characters and the novel's vast scope will keep readers guessing until the final page.