Born into a political family and gifted with psychic abilities, Jacaranda MacKenzie has served as a border-watcher and even spent time as a representative on the United Planets Council. Now she just wants to spend her days in peace and quiet as a translator—but the universe has other plans…
Humans have long known that they would encounter more alien species, and while those with precognitive abilities agree a terrible war is coming, they do not agree on who will save humanity—a psychic soldier or a politician.
But Jackie is both.
After she is pressured into rejoining the Space Force to forestall the impending calamity, Jackie makes an unsettling discovery. Their new enemy, the Salik, seem to be rather familiar with fighting Humans—as if their war against humanity had already begun…
What I liked: The Terrans is the first book I've read by Ms Johnson. I found it on NetGalley and since I've enjoyed the last two Sci-Fi books I've read, I thought, why not?
I completely bought into this whole story. As a matter of fact, my son was trying to get my attention while I was reading The Terrans and I told him, leave me alone, I'm a psychic fighting aliens!!
Ms Johnson's imagination in writing this story completely fascinated me. The future she painted seemed completely plausible and I want to live there! As you know, setting up in a first book of a series is important but can be slow going for the reader. I dove in and did not want to come up for air!
Her writing is tight, crisp and intriguing. If you've any kind of imagination of what the future might be like, just hang on and enjoy the ride provided by Ms Johnson and her utterly fascinating characters. While there is a main character, Jackie, she doesn't carry the story alone. Her projected love interest, Captain Li'eth Ma'an-uq'en (interesting names abound) looks human but with some strange markings. As a matter of fact, The Terrans (what we think of as normal humans) have NO markings on their skin and it causes some confusion not only upon first contact but throughout the book. Wait until you hear the explanation.
This series is supposedly a bit of a prequel to one of Ms Johnson's other series, Theirs Not to Reason Why and is similar to that world. I've never read that series and maybe that's why I thought the world building in The Terrans was unbelievably good. I didn't feel lost at all and was a bit in awe of Ms Johnson's talent.
I'm not going to rehash the whole story as you just must experience it yourself and you won't be disappointed.
What I didn't like: I'm really trying to think about something I didn't enjoy or disliked about The Terrans; I can't.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for a fair and honest review.