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Age Range: 12 - 15
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A teenager finds herself caught in the middle of a genocidal war on a distant planet in this rough-hewn debut. Set apart by her unique violet eyes, Maran has grown up believing that her people, the Frathi, were the first on Terrat Du; a space capsule washes up on shore and she learns from its passenger, Alik, emerging from 20 years of suspended animation, that the Frathi were invaders who systematically wiped out billions of native Arakkans. Shockingly, Alik also has violet eyes, a revelatory clue to Maran's hidden past. Rapidly falling in love, the two set out to see if any Arrakans survived, and after touring an old temple that had been converted into a death camp, they find scattered bands, ready to unite in a vengeful counterstrike. The physical actions are described with eye-glazing thoroughness; the cast swells to the point of confusion with minor characters; there are illogical, simplistic explanations, hackneyed dialogue, and awkward phrasing right out of the late-late movie--``The fates have brought us together, Maran. It must be true. Some things are meant to be.'' (Fiction. 12-15)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-312-86152-4
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Tor
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1997