“Back away! Ni’la, back away now!” Palna shouted when she caught sight of the object. She began to run. When the worker hesitated, Palna repeated her command, “Move back! Now!”
Ni’la stumbled backwards and almost fell. Palna rushed past her and surveyed the metallic device. There was no doubt in her mind that this was a device—a device unlike anything she had ever seen.
(iNSECTICIDE- Chapter 1.8: Progress)
The account of alien conquest of humans, INSECTICIDE backfills the story of an expedition of the alien race known as Clurn as they search for and “conquer” a new home world after it becomes clear that the sun is dying. Researched with the help of the Intergalactic Alliance Archives, INSECTICIDE includes source documents that support the narrative. (See samples to the right.)
This unconventional history ends on the bridge of a Clurn Colony Quest class space vessel as it first arrives at The Blue Planet and appears to be defeated by dominant life form—bipedal mammals known to the local arthropods as humans. Bowed, but not broken, the Clurn retreat to Bafwique and return to The Blue Planet with renewed conviction and unique weaponry. Their goal is simple: rid the Blue Sphere chosen as the replacement for Bafwique of its human inhabitants.
The eradication of the humans from The Blue Planet disturbs the indigenous arthropod population, which begins to plan its own resistance movement for the time the Clurn return en masse. As the story ends, the reader discovers a surprising revelation about the origin of the occupants of The Blue Planet
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Review by Aubrey Meeks
I read this book thinking, maybe, I dunno, aliens? Hmm… This was my first tango with a Science Fiction Thriller. I usually have this problem with aliens or extraterrestrial beings and that is I usually cannot empathize with them. I usually label them away as alien and drop the book or movie and never give it a second thought. It’s a wonder to me that I love Doctor Who so much, though, I guess it’s because the Doctor seems pretty human and if anything, having two hearts makes him more relatable than a human.
Anyway. The reason I stuck with INSECTICIDE was because, well I am a fan of world building and this book has it. Boy! Does it have it.
My favorite part was how engaging it was. Like I said, I have a problem with aliens, but not these guys. Downing offers up an almost interactive form of story telling, with documents to read through and alien language to decode. The story, combined with these elements, pulled me into the conflict, and pushed me forward through the mystery with ease.
Everything in this world feels real, despite being transported to a completely different world, on different planets.
I found the perspective of the main characters compelling. The complexity of creating a non human race with easily relatable qualities was outstanding. I cannot stress this enough, I didn’t expect to be so drawn to these characters, or the world, for that matter.
I am so glad I picked this one up. I am so glad INSECTICIDE opened my eyes to science fiction thrillers and mystery. Rifts pulled me into an entire genre I was missing out on. I only hope that this well crafted novel doesn’t spoil me and put all the other stories in it’s genre to shame for me.
I highly recommend this book. I especially recommend this book if you are into things like Doctor Who.
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The interior of this book was reorganized in Spring 2017. It was first published as RIFTS. Republished as INSECTICIDE, the story is the same. The revised interior design makes for enhanced readability.