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If the first book in the ?Dominant Species? series (?Natural Selection?) was great and I liked it a lot, I really don?t know what to say about this one? It was amazing! But this word cannot describe how I really feel about it. It was a fabulous journey on a distant, alien planet that got me so excited about discovering each and every bit of the complex, colorful world that David Coy created. While reading ?Edge Effects? I caught myself thinking at so many things at the same time that I really don?t know where to start my review. It?s a great thing the ending enlightened me and reminded me about one of Friedrich Nietzsche?s famous quotes. So I?ll start with this:
?The world has a skin and this skin has diseases; one of its diseases is called man.?
In the year 3012 the Earth has already proved itself to be too small for the human kind, so humans have long since started to explore the Universe and find new planets to conquer and adapt to their own necessities. It?s time the new-found planet, Verde?s Revenge, went through the same process of clearing and destroying the biosystem in order to accommodate the new inhabitants. Except? Verde chooses to fight back.
This is where David Coy?s beautifully crafted descriptions come into play. Yes, this book is full of descriptions and some readers might find them long and boring. Not me. I love descriptions. As a child I was ?educated? by Jules Verne?s endless descriptions, so no, I would never complain about them no matter what I?m reading. I find them necessary when it comes to visualizing planet Verde: imagine a huge jungle, an infinite sea of green that hides unimaginable life forms that only come alive at night. At first Verde looks like the Paradise itself and this is how all workers and researchers who end up there see it. It?s green, hot, moist, it buzzes with life. While I was picturing it in my mind I could only think of back when I was reading ?Dune? and ?suffering? of thirst along with the characters, sharing their dreams of such a green, wet place. Now I?m not so sure which of these two planets is more dangerous: Dune or Verde? I do hope Earth will never be so overwhelmed by our presence, just like sci-fi literature insists is going to happen.
Now on with the review. What else should I mention? I obviously loved the characters because David Coy is an expert in creating strong-willed survivors. We have two incredible women, Rachel Sanders (biologist) and Donna Applegate (nurse) who are determined to fight against the system that is trying to take over Verde while endangering everyone?s lives. They eventually find out that the one who is in charge of the project on Verde has, in fact, greater plans for the planet. But if I like Coy?s survivors, I absolutely love his villains. A book that has true, powerful villains that can actually create impossible situations for the positive characters is, in my opinion, a good book.
I?m going to end my review with a quote taken from the last pages of ?Edge Effects?, which I think is strongly connected with the one cited above: ?Here the most gluttonous of the species would bring to bear its formidable technology and with its virulent will to survive and breed, aim that fearsome weapon at the planet?s heart.? And that?s that. I loved ?Edge Effects?, I loved Verde and I can?t wait to read the third volume in the ?Dominant Species? series. Actually, I?m going to start on it right away.