This book uses one of what would be a most overused trope in the series: transfer medicines to a sick colony. OK, I agree that writers need some type of reasons of urgency, especially one where every minute counts for numerous lives, but nobody seems to have kept check of how many times it has being used.
Another overused trope is the overwhelmingly powerful alien species. Science fiction can account for aliens having millenia of experience and technology, but extremely magical to the point of being super gods? The Organians is one of these which permeate the books, if only for their imposition of the Organian treaty. On this one the author even sets it up as a ‘mad’ and exiled Organian, as a way to force upon a moral issue. Again, this whole setup of a powerful being, gathering subjects for a test, experiment or fight, has also been used extensively already.
Pretty silly on it’s whole. The writing is direct, straight-forward focused on the action, which makes it much easier to read.
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