The Silvers, by J.A. Rock
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: July 11, 2016
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
What humans want from the Silver Planet is water. What they find is a race of humanoids who are sentient, but as emotionless and serene as the plants and placid lakes they tend. B, captain of the mission, doesn’t believe that the “Silvers” are intelligent, and lets his crew experiment on them. But then he bonds with Imms, who seems different from the others-interested in learning, intrigued by human feelings. And B realizes that capturing, studying, and killing this planet’s natives has done incalculable damage.
When a fire aboard B’s ship kills most of the crew and endangers Imms, B decides to take him back to Earth. But the simplicity of the Silver Planet doesn’t follow them. Imms learns the full spectrum of human emotions, including a love B is frightened to return, and a mistrust of the bureaucracy that wants to treat Imms like a test subject, even if they have to eliminate B to do it.
(Note: This is a revised second edition, originally published elsewhere.)
I’m a fan of science fiction but I don’t often tell people because I can be quite picky about the books I choose. The Silvers is so lovely that I wanted to start by saying if you’re unsure about the sci-fi genre then please consider giving this book a try. It is so much more than a story about aliens and space travel.
It’s about human nature; how even when we think we’re being thoughtful or understanding we can still be selfish and sometimes unknowingly cruel. In this story we get to see an outsider’s point of view of human behavior through the eyes of innocent and naive Imms, the curious alien from the Silver planet. The people on Imms’ planet don’t feel emotions like humans do but he knows he wants to be with B, the ship from Earths captain. When B tells him that humans fight for what they want, Imms decides he’ll do just that.
B is human in every sense of the word. He is flawed, but he’s found a connection with Imms so he agrees to bring Imms back to Earth. When B first meets the Silvers he questions their intelligence, but Imms adapts quickly and keeps a surprisingly positive outlook despite B’s gruff, serious demeanor and the tight hold the government has on them.
It was difficult reading how B treats and neglects Imms so often. Especially since Imms is caught between thinking he doesn’t have any other options and not wanting to give up so easily on B. Imms misses home but B isn’t always very understanding. There’s so much good in Imms that I just wanted the best for him. Whatever would make him the most happy. Around the 50% mark it starts to feel like that won’t be possible and when he begins experiencing feelings of anger I was worried about what would become of him.
This is not a romance in the traditional sense. It’s a raw look into the reality of how our relationships are affected when everyday life gets in the way. When we’re scared or jealous or uncertain. When we don’t always treat the ones we love most the way they deserve to be treated. It’s also a good example of how hard it can be to make it work with someone who has made a drastic life change in order to be with them.
“The nuances of a language may be lost in translation, [B] thinks. Doesn’t it stand to reason that the nuances of love are lost when it is forced through two atmospheres? When it hangs in space for days, weeks on end? When it arrives at last on a planet that jangles and screams and is crushed in color?”
So beautifully written, this thought-provoking tale flows so effortlessly it reads almost like a dream. J.A. was a new to me author but I’ll most certainly be adding more of her work to my TBR.
J.A. Rock has worked as a dog groomer, knife seller, haunted house zombie, standardized patient, cashier, census taker, state fair quilt hanger, and, for one less-than-magical evening, a server—and would much rather be writing about those jobs than doing them. A lover of m/m BDSM romance, J.A. lives mostly in West Virginia, and always with a beloved dog, Professor Anne.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.