After her award winning debut Redemption in Indigo, Karen Lord has returned with another stunning story. Often compared to the likes of Ursula K. LeGuin, Lord’s The Best of All Possible Worlds is a fascinating look at human relationships and cultural differences. An intelligent sci-fi novel that is well worth reading.
The Sadiri were once the galaxy’s ruling élite, but now their home planet has been rendered unliveable and most of the population destroyed. The few groups living on other worlds are desperately short of Sadiri women, and their extinction is all but certain.
Civil servant Grace Delarua is assigned to work with Councillor Dllenahkh, a Sadiri, on his mission to visit distant communities, looking for possible mates. Delarua is impulsive, garrulous and fully immersed in the single life; Dllenahkh is controlled, taciturn and responsible for keeping his community together.
They both have a lot to learn.