Science fiction and fantasy
The Ship Who Searched
by Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey
There is little to indicate the passage of time and we are not told just how much growing up Tia is supposed to have done. It would have been more believable if Tia was 12 or 13 rather than 7. She's simply not believable as a child. In spite of a favourite teddy bear she tends to clutch, her behaviour is altogether too mature.
The assignments combine action and intrigue, and each one is an adventure in its own right. But the missions don't cohere very well, and loose ends are left dangling. Tia and Alex, her brawn, come across a great deal more than they were expecting, yet at the end of the book Tia is still searching. However her priorities have shifted by the end, so this isn't a major let-down.
The plot holds few surprises, and the main character is altogether too selfless to be believed in. For all that, I found myself eagerly reading to the finish in the hope of a happy ending. It works well as an escapist romance, if you don't mind turning a blind eye to Tia's apparent youth. Don't expect to come out any wiser, sadder or humbled by the experience of The Ship Who Searched. Yet the authors have constructed a tale which leaves the reader emotionally satisfied, particularly if it's not taken too seriously.
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