Flee. Scatter. Take your mates and your offspring and run.
The escape pods fall to Earth one by one over the course of weeks, a mysterious and diverse alien diaspora, each pod containing a different alien race and leaving the world's governments scrambling to deal with this unexpected immigration. Serge Kosygin, still grieving and isolated after his husband's death, watches events with gray disinterest until one day he witnesses a pod crash for himself while driving home. Two of the alien visitors have died, but one survives, badly injured, and Serge is determined that if this alien is also going to die, it won't be under the harsh lights of a government facility.
Devastated by the loss of his life mates in their desperate effort to reach safety, the knowledge that Een is the last Aalana in this sector of the galaxy only compounds his sorrow. He wakes in an alien dwelling under the care of one of the native dominant builder species, a being who appears to share nothing with Een besides a bipedal structure. Slowly, with the help of his patient and kind host, he discovers they are more similar than he imagined as they share harmonies and his host assists him with language acquisition.
Their tentative first contact soon evolves into a deepening friendship, a balm for two grief-weary souls. They'll need each other and their growing bond for the troubles lurking just ahead.
Publisher's Note Eating Stars was previously published as part of Meteor Strike: Serge & Een as a novelette. It has undergone extensive rewrites and edits with over 10,000 words of new content added.
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Harmony. It is a theme in this book by Angel Martinez and it is the perfect description of the balance that is found between the science fiction and the romance aspects of this story.
Both Serge, a music professor, and Een, a survivor from a crashed alien space pod, have suffered from incredible losses of loved ones. And while they are learning to communicate, they find that they have more in common than they thought. I thought I would have a harder time falling in love with this pair as a couple, but Serge and Een were so easy to believe in. Their grief was palpable. As was their growing friendship and eventual romance.
The lyrical language Angel Martinez uses in this book had me highlighting more passages to savor later than I have in a while. This really is a gem of a story. Highly recommend this for anyone who needs a little beauty in their life.