In this, the third of the Chronicles, Malcolm has more adventures than he ever wanted. The book gets a whole ton of excitement and kept me guessing, usually incorrectly, what was going to happen next. Sasperia, who is an important addition to the Renbourn tribe, is a great addition to the book, and if not my favorite character, well, she is probably one with the most surprises! The Chronicles continue to evolve with great writing, some fun humor, and new and exciting science fiction concepts. It continues to address social, economic and political issues but with a whole different slant.
The Beta-Earth Chronicles takes some exciting twists and turns in this, the second book. Our Blind Alien continues to acquire wives, have adventures, and have children, but for the first time there are a few cracks in the Renbourn family solidarity. But this book is about so much more! Science Fiction religion - with All Domes conflicts, parallels some of the issues of our Earth's religious conflicts, and there are political upheavals as well. And some terrific new personalities join the tribe, with very unexpected surprises in the ever changing plot. By now, if you read The Blind Alien first (and I strongly suggest you do, because this book is a continuation of the Chronicles) you will have gotten used to the unusual way of speech, and perhaps, like me, even have fun thinking in that dialect!