This is not a joke, this is a great book. A tribe of Amish living on a planet called Alabaster are in danger. Their sun is dying and they need evacuating. Jebediah Miller knows what to do. His family have a long-kept secret – a device they can use to call for help. He could save his people – but they may not thank him for it. Using technology is strictly forbidden by their rules – the ordnung. Meanwhile, the Starship Raven is about to take on some dangerous cargo. In it lies a terror that will threaten their lives.
This story is essentially about the clash of cultures. Even having Amish settled on another planet is interesting to begin with. Putting them on a spaceship brings a whole lot of interesting conflict. It was fascinating seeing each group of people from the other’s perspective. In a way, having lived alone on their own world – away from any ‘englisher’ influence, has made these Amish even more wary of our ways, and less accepting of outsiders.
The vampires in this story were handled in a very science-fiction way. I loved the way they were portrayed. Their origins were nicely foreshadowed. These would have to be the coolest vampires I’ve come across. To say more would be to stay into spoiler territory.
This books examines a lot of issues and asks plenty of questions, while not imposing any answers. How far would you go to stay loyal to your convictions? Would you still remain pacifists even when blood-sucking monsters are trying to kill you and everyone you love? On the other hand, what if your refusal to take up arms means that somebody else has to risk their lives on your behalf?
The book was also quite a thrill ride. The tension kept building up and up until it was finally released
This book is a serious exploration of cultures, and scientific ethics and faith. I heartily recommend it.