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3.5 stars i m a doctor Jim not a Have to say I gave up halfway through book two of the trilogyWhile there were a number of interesting and engaging strands in the story well drawn alien races, a fascinating central proposition linking the behaviour of migratory species on Earth with the ravaging menace spreading through the galaxy there were other issues which just clogged up the development of the story and eventually for me made it impossible to continue For instance the fanfic ish relationship of Mac with the mysteri Have to say I gave up halfway through book two of the trilogyWhile there were a number of interesting and engaging strands in the story well drawn alien races, a fascinating central proposition linking the behaviour of migratory species on Earth with the ravaging menace spreading through the galaxy there were other issues which just clogged up the development of the story and eventually for me made it impossible to continue For instance the fanfic ish relationship of Mac with the mysterious Nikolai Trojanowski felt not only largely unnecessary but was actually embarrassingly mawkish to read Then there was the grindingly slow procession of events in Survival leading to Mac s actually getting into space and Spoiler Alert having the benevolent nature of the ostensibly benign Dryn exposed to her When the structure of Migration seemed to be making equally glacial progress and Trojanowski s re appearance turned Mac into a dribbling mess again , I couldn t face it any Wow A long read but a page turner Great Sci fi I keep starting this thinking it couldn t be as frustrating as I remember it being, and it s just as bad every time Loved the other series by this author, so I don t know what s up here. Amazing, at least if you are a bio nerd Sat on my shelf a loong time Not necessarily a bad book, but I don t think I can give a review to a series that took me nearly 1.5 years to finish I mean, it s biology and sci fi Each beginning was kind of slow, with good endings, though the payoff of the end of the last book was kind of low Maybe if I reread this in the future with better focus I might like it better. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I M FINISHING UP THE SPECIES IMPERATIVE BOOKS THEY RE RLY GOOD TELL IT TO ME STRAIGHT, MEMER WHO READ THIS BOOK, DOES SHE FUCK THE ALIEN LOL NOT AT ALL ACTUALLY IDT THERE S ANY INTERSPECIES ROMANCE IN THE BOOKS WHICH IS PROBABLY A GOOD THING BECAUSE JULIE CZERNEDA IS TERRIBLE AT WRITING ROMANCE. Species Imperative is an omnibus that celebrates the 10 year anniversary of the main character s story It is a weighty tome that combines three separate stories, Survival , Migration , and Regeneration Survival by Julie Czerneda is the first story in the Species Imperative trilogy, and follows biologist and researcher Dr Mackenzie Winifred Elizabeth Wright Connor, known as Mac, as she is thrust into a research project far beyond her wildest imagination, involving multiple alien rac Species Imperative is an omnibus that celebrates the 10 year anniversary of the main character s story It is a weighty tome that combines three separate stories, Survival , Migration , and Regeneration Survival by Julie Czerneda is the first story in the Species Imperative trilogy, and follows biologist and researcher Dr Mackenzie Winifred Elizabeth Wright Connor, known as Mac, as she is thrust into a research project far beyond her wildest imagination, involving multiple alien races and innumerable planets and a mystery that has stumped multitudes over the years Not quite a xenophobe, Mac has a crash course in inter species and diplomatic relations, when she suddenly acquires the attention of both a Dhryn named Brymn and a government representative named Nikolai Trojanowski Nik and discovers that everything she has believed is about to be forcefully changed, and she will have to adapt to new circumstances quicklyif the worlds as she knows them are to survive Migration Mac s life has been forever changed, but it seems she is destined to becomethan a respected salmon researcher as she ends up in a think tank that includes not only an amazing spectrum of aliens, but also the man she has spent so many years arguing with over her research parameters and its impact on her little corner of the world The discovery that her knowledge of biology has direct relevance to the question of what is happening with the Dhryn leads to evendiscoveries about other aliens, and the dangers mount, until it is not only Mac who is at risk, but perhaps the entire Earth and beyond The difficult of identifying who are allies and who are enemies intensifies, and betrayal may sabotage the chance for any defense against the enemies who apparently can infiltrate at will Regeneration Mac continues to learn how little she knows about the capabilities of her allies even as she rallies those around her to continue to fight and learn as much as they can about their enemy The discovery of the layered implications of promises and the importance of congruence is reflected both in her personal world and in the systems that have to work together to defeat the threat that may wipe out all of the allies Unexpected developments reflect the persistence of the rules of biology, no matter the type of being, but betrayal and misdirection may undermine any progress made unless everyone can work together The demands made on everyone will winnow out the faint of heart and allow those with the capability to show what heroes are made of, the question is, will it be enough to overcome the enemy These stories are an amazing melding of biology, science fiction, action, and romance The gradual build up from a sometimes hilarious view of the antics of grad students and obsessed researchers, to the connection between research techniques and the concept of a precariously balanced system of worlds in which very disparate beings interact, is a remarkable reflection of the author s artistry and dexterity at creating very believable scenarios that showcase so many different elements There is a fascinating analogy between the technique used to recreate the sounds of the intruder in Mac s room and the entire first story, as patience and experimentation gradually exposes information needed to get an accurate picture The vivid counterpoint between the horrific descriptions of widespread destruction and the joy of studying life while respecting fragile ecosystems drives home the message delivered in the story and its unexpected ending makes one evenanxious to read the next one.The second book expounds on the remarkable beings introduced in the first, even as it introduces evenfantastical situations that are so adroitly portrayed that they seem perfectly possible and probable Unexpected shifts in the roles of characters previously introduced provide both illumination andconfusion, asdetails are uncovered, yet the parallels to the microcosm of salmon research are still perpetuated and help provide insight into the overall mystery The third book provides a delicious resolution to many of the issues that have been plaguing the investigation, even as it uncovers a dizzying array of interconnections and hidden agendas There is a very satisfying sense of congruence and fulfillment, even as some tendrils are left to possibly take root and grow into another enthralling set of tales.Overall, this is an intense set of novels that has engendered a set of fans who describe themselves as bio geeks , with good cause Fortunately, I don t think that one HAS to be a lover of science and logic to appreciate these stories, although I daresay, it definitely enhances one s appreciation for the facility with which Ms Czerneda has blended fact and fiction I am in awe of the amount of detail that has gone into creating such a mesmerizing story and one can spend hours dissecting such things as a race that uses ne as a pronoun, the importance of having an additional name which can be taken into one s keeping as each major accomplishment in life is achieved, a joke about differences between beings that can only be appreciated when one knows how each deals with stress, and the myriad of other creative hints that comprise this story I can only say that, each time I pick up one of these books, I am caught by the spell and have no problem spending hours revisiting exotic and fantastical situations that are so clearly described that I have no problem understanding when something is happening that isn t logical within the framework of the story I can t deny that these are very weighty books and it will require a considerable commitment of time to read them, but wow, one can only be enhanced by this glimpse of other cultures and the interactions between them and it will probably make you think about how these issues that encompass solar systems and a multiplicity of aliens actually are pertinent to how we humans treat each other within our own spheres of influence These stories deserve much higher than a 5 star rating and are definitely part of my keeper collection Night Owl Reviews I received a copy of this title in return for an honest review `Kindle ☔ Species Imperative ↡ A threat to entire worlds Where on that scale does one woman fall Dr Mackenzie Mac Connor s goal in life is to be left in peace to study her salmon and their migration She has no interest in the Interspecies Union, space travel, or the mysterious Chasm, an expanse of dead worlds filled with the ruins of alien civilizations The only cloud on Mac s horizon is having to meet with the Oversight Committee to defend any research intrusions into the protected zones on shoreBut what Mac wants no longer matters There s another, darker, migration underway, this time across space What created the Chasm has awakened once , to follow its imperative to feed on living worlds How can it be stopped Aliens have asked Mac to find that answer She knows it may mean sacrificing all she loves, including Earth itself She s determined to find another wayBut, first, she must surviveThe Chasm of the past was only a trial run, for this species intent on replacing all life with its own And they ve learned her name