Tales of the U’tanse is a YA sci-fi novel, and follow-up to Star Time, by Henry Melton.
Now, to get the full impact of this book it’s best to read Star Time first – then Melton takes off on two separate branches: Earth and otherwise. This is the latter, but you can find the next story for the former in Kingdom of the Hill Country.
So, best to look away if you haven’t read Star Time yet!
When the Cerik attempted to raid the supernova-damaged Earth, they were unsuccessful. Yet before departing back to their home planet, the leader snatched two humans – hoping to breed a new race of slaves to replace those they’d killed off in a fit of rage.
Those two were Abe and Shannon, both gifted in their own way. But they had no intention of creating children that would be enslaved.
So, Shannon, using her psychic gifts, helps to make sure that the generations of new humanity have powers that will be absolutely necessary to their survival… against masters that are unpredictably violent.
In Tale of the U’tanse we primarily follow three people – James, Karl, and Debbie – who are essentially three generations and who are faced with decisions regarding the continuation, health, and success of their race.
The initial book, Star Time, was fantastically original and imaginative. This continuing story on the human race growing on another planet is interesting, thought-out and smart – but not always as engrossing as I wanted it to be. Not as riveting as Star Time for me.
Henry Melton has truly brilliant concepts and ideas that he presents here, and he makes sci-fi almost seem plausible! But for some reason I just occasionally felt a bit disconnected to some of these characters – I didn’t feel the investment that I felt for Abe and Shannon with these new people.
Yet, read as a whole – and with more coming – I see The Project Saga series as an epic tale unfolding – and I appreciate that. It’s quite something, and any sci-fi fan should read it for him/herself!