Civilization is the second book in‘s Displaced series. Five years have past since Murdock first found himself on this planet, and the time has come for more Humans to arrive. But there are things here that should be protected. Murdock is the guardian of the Oomah, and now it falls to him to ensure those arriving do nothing to jeopardise their way of life. He is an emissary, a peace keeper, a difficult role at the best of times, let alone when faced with a pod full of power hungry people. Murdock must protect his family, the Oomah, and even the humans from one another in hope to create a future where all survive. The humans split into factions, their only similarities seeming to be their mutual disdain for the man who has tried only to help them. Can he unite them, or will their own perceived superiority be their undoing?
Civilization is filled with brilliant characters, from those you love, to those you outright hate. Stephen Drake captures the best and worst of humanity and puts it on display for all to see. This book is a tale of survival, but it is impossible not to reflect on where you yourself would fit within this world. It is an enjoyable read and easy to lose yourself in (as my 1am mornings will testify) ripe with vivid characters, great personalities and an enjoyable plot. I found it well written, gripping, and filled with brilliantly scripted dialogue. I certainly look forward to reading more works from this talented author.
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