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Senior co-administrator of the Norcoast Salmon Research Facility, Dr. Mackenzie Connor was a biologist who studied the spawning habits of salmon. Then, last season, just as she and Dr. Emily Mamani were starting their research, they were interrupted by the arrival of Brymn, the first Dhryn to set foot on Earth.And suddenly everything changed for Mac, Emily, Brymn, the humaSenior co-administrator of the Norcoast Salmon Research Facility, Dr. Mackenzie Connor was a biologist who studied the spawning habits of salmon. Then, last season, just as she and Dr. Emily Mamani were starting their research, they were interrupted by the arrival of Brymn, the first Dhryn to set foot on Earth.And suddenly everything changed for Mac, Emily, Brymn, the human race, and all the member races of the Interspecies Union. Base was attacked, Em was kidnapped by the mysterious Ro, Mac nearly lost her life when she and Brymn escaped to the peaceful, isolationist Dhryn home world. But the Dhryn are in the process of abandoning it, hurtling out on an unfathomable path of destruction through civilized space.As the enemy destroys life on planet after planet, the IU organizes a secret Gathering of every being with information on the Dhryn. With the data available there, Mac begins to suspect that the Dhryn's actions may be a response to something simpler and more deadly—the imperative to migrate. But even if Mac is right, can she and her team discover why this is happening and how to halt the Dhryn?...

Title : Migration
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Migration Reviews

  • Tom
    2019-01-12 17:30

    Part 2 of the series following biologist Mackenzie Connor, who gets caught up in a crisis involving a creepy biological threat to tons of alien worlds and races. Compared to the first book in the trilogy, this was slower, and had far less action or adventure (it takes place entirely on Earth, for instance); but it was better in other respects.For one, the previous book only hinted at a universe teeming with intelligent life, but mostly confined itself to featuring one alien species, alongside humans, in speaking roles. This time however we get a whole slew of interesting species — which are, design-wise, at least a few steps above lazy Star-Trek-style species thanks to the author's background in biology. They're well thought out biologically, and full of personality. The alien characters are some of the best parts of the book. Also hilarious: the running joke amongst non-human species that humans are the sexual deviants of the galaxy.I mentioned it's a slow read, and it is, to the point where it might turn off some readers. A good way I can think to describe it is this: You know in the Mass Effect games how you, as Commander Shepard, often come across research bases full of scientists (often made up of multiple species) and you briefly converse with them about their research, before charging off to battle somewhere else? This book is like it's told from the perspective of those scientists. They're aware of the galaxy-scale threats out there, but they spend most of their time working away at their research and meetings. The character Nik in this book is a bit like Shepard, in that he's the man of action, but we don't follow him when he steps out of frame to go do his dashing spy work.The thing is, this worked for me because as a biologist and a fan of optimistic SF, I love reading about how scientific research is conducted in the future. I love the hi-tech bases and gadgets they get to use on a daily basis. I also enjoyed reading about the politics and diplomacy of a (mostly) peaceful multi-species future.The series is rather like Mass Effect, if you subtract the endless shooting at things (also if you replace the big bad machine threat with a big bad organic one). Low on action, heavy on conversation and politics, but just a nice absorbing read set in a bright, bustling SF future.

  • Efka
    2019-01-21 12:44

    Just don't have determination and devotion and time to read mediocre books. "Migration" isn't terribly crappy or criminally bad written, but it is dull and boring, and I don't care about anything or anyone in it. Guess it was a mistake to read this book, despite not really liking #1 of the series, Survival. Off to look for greener pastures, then. And one thing I can't understand, is How the hell can this book have a rating of 4,05?. I just can't grasp it.

  • Angela
    2018-12-30 14:26

    The Species Imperative series continues to be a solid example of what Czerneda does best--create vivid and memorable alien species. The two major alien characters in Migration weren't quite as cool as Brymn in Survival, but they definitely had their moments. I really liked Fourteen in particular, and how he developed through the course of this installment of the ongoing story. I also liked the lead alien character at the conference Mac attends--since she is a collective consciousness, and written very well.Slightly disappointingly, however, the human characters this time around don't quite match up to the alien ones. Our hero Mac mostly alternates between angsting over the capture of her best friend Emily by the Ro and angsting over her budding attraction to Nik, the spy-type we saw show up in the first book. The one disappointing quirk in Czerneda's writing from the first book carries over into this one, too--when Mac addresses her thoughts at Emily, Czerneda is inconsistent in making those thoughts first person vs. third person. I wouldn't ordinarily find this a problem, except that she also keeps working Em's name into these thoughts, and it reads really weird when you try to write out someone's thoughts in third person and you're also still trying to address them to an imagined audience. For example: She didn't mean to do that, Em. Bits like this kept showing up in Mac's thought patterns, italicized to clearly show that they're thoughts, and yet they're in third person. People don't think in third person, and they don't address third-person thoughts to imaginary listeners, either. This comes across as the author addressing Em somehow rather than Mac. I didn't mind Mac constantly talking to Em when she was alone or constantly directing her thoughts at her--coping mechanism for the character, I can deal with that. I just wish that Czerneda would have been more consistent in writing out the actual thoughts. I'm wondering why this got past her editor; it's a quirk that's only shown up in this series. She hasn't done it before.Meanwhile, Mac also spends a lot of time angsting about the aforementioned Nik, as mentioned. One reviewer on took this as an excuse to slam this book as a thinly veiled romance novel, which isn't fair--yes, Mac and Nik do have a budding romance going, but that's not the main point of this plot. And I do like Nik's periodic appearances, suitably sparse through the book to account for the fact that the man is a spy, and he has plenty to do that Mac doesn't get to witness. The thing that actually knocked me out of the story a bit, oddly enough, was Mac's propensity for regularly thinking of Nik as "yummy". That particular word choice just seemed weird to me--a bit too frivolous a word choice for this woman who's been set up as a hard-headed, no-nonsense kind of scientist who regularly rolled her eyes at Em's attempts to get her paired up with someone. Especially in this book, where Mac's fighting off the nightmares about what happened to Brymn in the first book and how his transformation led to her having to get an artificial arm, and where she's worried as all hell about whether Em is alive or dead. Yet every time Nik shows up in her thoughts, it's "ooh, yummy". Just doesn't fit.Not that I take issue necessarily with describing Nik as yummy, 'cause, well, he is. I especially like the bits where he shows up to watch over Mac when she has nightmares and winds up holding her during one--very sweet. But "yummy" is a word I'd expect out of a much fluffier heroine in a much fluffier book.What else... I do have to take issue with the fact that when you get down to it, at least in Mac's part of this plot, not much actually happens. All the interesting stuff is happening away from her, out where the Dhryn are hitting various worlds on their migration. Things don't start getting really interesting until Mac reaches the gathering of delegates in New Zealand and convinces everybody there that a) the Dhryn are obeying a species imperative to migrate, and b) that imperative is actually getting enforced on them by an external source. It would have been nice, though, to see what the hell everybody else at that conference was doing while Mac and her group were doing their research--we barely glimpse the other attendees.And oh yes--there's a really neat piece of art on the cover of this book, which is described by Czerneda in the book's acknowledgements as Vancouver being destroyed while Mac looks on. However, nothing of the sort actually happens anywhere in the book. Hrmph. :) False advertising!Now for stuff I really did like.As I mentioned, the major alien characters--very cool. I liked Fourteen a lot, especially his banter with Kay when the two of them first show up and weasel their way into interrupting Mac's vacation. I also liked the gathering leader--Anchen, that was her name. And the Vessel showing up at the Gathering was a suitably gripping plot development, and helped continue Mac's connection with the Dhryn.I really, really liked the development of Mudge as a character as well. He got a lot more participation in this book than he had in the first one--and to be honest, I almost expected him to start being set up as a competing romantic interest to Nik, especially when we got a lot of emphasis about Mudge's and Mac's long history. And Mudge lamenting, "Who will I have to argue with?" when he is faced with the prospect of Mac never being around any more. And all of the things that Mudge takes on during the course of the plot to help Mac out. Part of me thinks the poor guy really needs to have something neat happen to him since he started being so useful to Mac all throughout this plot--and although I would habitually vote for the yummy guy, I have to admit I'd be oddly satisfied if Mac wound up realizing Mudge was more important to her.(Though I don't think that's where this is going, now that I've finished the book. I think it's telling that I was almost disappointed that Mudge and Mac remained entirely platonic through the course of this plot. ;) )And I liked the ending, where Mac finally convinces the gathering that they have to turn off the signal that they'd been set up to activate, saving Earth in the nick of time.All in all--not the best work Czerneda's done, but a mostly good, solid read despite its flaws. I'm looking forward to seeing how this wraps up in Book 3!

  • Rebecca
    2019-01-10 16:27

    Normally the second book in a trilogy is the best; you don't have to spend a lot of time with either set up or typing up loose ends, and you can devote most of the book to action and moving the plot. While this book definitely moves the plot arc forward, it seemed like it took too long to get there. The opening chapters contain some important set up, and it is true that life doesn't always move at a breakneck pace, so it was realistic, but I found myself at times going "Oh come on, get to the action!" This was a solid installment in the series and definitely had some good parts, but I am somewhat ambivalent to it; I'll have to see how the third book goes to really process this one. It pains me to not be able to give a ringing review to one of her books, and I suspect it will go better on repeated reading when I know the pace and won't try to get ahead of myself.

  • Andrew
    2018-12-30 16:38

    Fish biologist goes to a conference. This is still a spy story, but now it's a spy story happening in an academic study group. To be fair, the group is studying the same problem as the spies -- the imminent sterilization of all nearby planets -- so it's not a tonal clash, just an excuse to change gears frequently.I like that the aliens have senses of humor, and agendas, and do not regard humans as either yokels or incomprehensible marvels. (In the last book, the Dhryn were worrisomely ignorant of biology and how to deal with other species. As expected, this turns out to be a relevant peculiarity of their culture. Everyone else has good interspecies manners. When we see another alien get all offended about some Earth thing and run off, we're supposed to read it as *strange* -- and, indeed, it is.)

  • Dikay
    2019-01-13 19:30

    i had a lot of trouble finishing the first book "survival" and the same problem is happening with "migration" . I don't like the main character , she is so focused on her little world that she doesn't pay attention to some clues. when reading i kept thinking that it would be better if she could stay with her salmons and if the reader was provided with someone else as the main character.

  • Takiyah Dudley
    2018-12-29 16:22

    A bit slow going at first, but it picks up. a good continuation of the series.

  • Jim
    2019-01-18 16:38

    Dr. Mackenzie Winifred Elizabeth Wright Conner (Mac), salmon researcher extraordinaire, has returned to the Norcoast research facility after barely surviving her discovery of the "true" nature of the Dhryn. Her friend, Dr. Emily Mamani, is still working with the mysterious Ro, who may be the key to stopping the Dhryn's murderous attacks. And Mac is struggling with a bit of post-traumatic stress as she tries to adapt to her former life. In the first book, Mac wanted nothing more than to study her salmon, but the universe simply refused to leave her alone. The same holds true in book two. An earthquake devastates Norcoast, and Mac finds herself drawn back into Interstellar Union issues once again. This time, she is brought to an I.U. gathering to help research how to contact the Ro and stop the Dhryn. But are the Dhryn truly evil, or simply responding to the demands of biology? And are the Ro really the saviors some believe them to be? There is a lot to love about this book. Czerneda's aliens are delightful as always, particularly the acerbic & lovable Myg, Fourteen. The author's own background in biology serves her well as she designs one species after another, from the terrifying metamorphoses of the Dhryn to the unique offensive capabilities of the Trisulians. Her talent for writing fully-developed, fascinating species makes the book worth reading all by itself. In terms of plot, Migration suffers a bit from second-book syndrome. At the end of book one, the Dhryn have been loosed upon the galaxy. Planets have been scourged of life. Mac lost her hand to a Dhryn and barely escaped with her life. Yet in the beginning of book two, we see very little about these events. As a result, the pacing feels slow. It takes a while to get Mac out of Norcoast and back into the midst of things. In book one, when we didn't know what was happening, the author had more leeway to develop the characters and build suspense. This time, I was a bit impatient. Likewise, with the Species Imperative books being a single ambitious story, things are left unfinished at the end. And yet I found the ending of Migration more satisfying than the ending of Survival. The threat to humanity and the I.U. is revealed to be even worse than before, but another, more personal plot point is brought to resolution. Migration is a good book by itself. Having also read the third book in the series, I can say that the trilogy is a both a highly satisfying story and a very impressive feat by the author.

  • Natasha Hurley-Walker
    2018-12-27 19:44

    Pretty good follow-up to Survival. The threat is reasonably menacing, and the betrayals from the end of Survival still sting. More semi-realistic reseaaarch IN SPAAAACE, a new perspective on Oversight, giving him at least two dimensions, and a fun new alien character, Fourteen. I do like that the research is slow and takes multiple threads to solve the problems. Some of the paranoia reminds me of C J Cherryh's writing, but it's a bit more relaxed and humorous than that. (view spoiler)[Parymn was interesting and the way things worked out with Emily was appropriately horrifying.(hide spoiler)]Not bad, still enjoying this, although I can see why some people find it very slow.

  • Trisha
    2018-12-29 13:25

    Czerneda sure knows how to keep a girl reading - I'm basically DYING for a proper Mac/Nik getaway here. Got to read on to find out if it ever happens. It better, 'cause if it doesn't I will have to swear off all Czerneda books forever more. ;)I love this story. In general I really enjoy the interactions between Mac and various aliens. This time my favourite was Fourteen with his "Idiot!" and his "Irrelevant." hehe. I found myself saying "Irrelevant!" at various times in my own day to day life, for no particular reason, just 'cause it made me smile.Nik is just plain sexy and a great hero. Whooo-boy, my imagination works overtime when anticipating what could be between those two. I love that there's an alien who has a crush on him, too. heheI continued to feel sad for Brymn and miss him, but I could see Parymn becoming a bit of a substitute for him. Particularly after he became the Vessel. Also, the Emily storyline was pretty darn creepy. But I really love how the book ended. :)This book was another that took quite a while to get to the action, but I didn't really mind 'cause the whole thing kept me interested. Now, time to move onto #3.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-18 18:34

    It's tough being the second book in a trilogy; you've got to build on the momentum of the first installment while reminding readers of important plot points and setting yourself up for the third book. I'll cut Czerneda some slack, but I wish I had enjoyed this book a little more. The formula that worked so well in the first book -- spend 300 pages world-building before anything exciting happens -- wears thin here, and while I'm glad I stuck it out, I had to force myself to keep reading. Also, the romance between Nik and Mac is becoming a little TOO slow burn for my liking. I'll likely read the third installment at some point, but I think I need a break from Czerneda's slow, plodding prose for a while.

  • Raja99
    2018-12-31 20:28

    Like the first book in the series,Survival: Species Imperative #1, this is very much the sort of thingAlan Dean Foster would have written 30 years ago--but he would have done it at half the length. While I enjoyed spending time with these characters, I didn't need to spend 7.5 hours for this amount of "story" (i.e., not much happens plotwise). There's a climax in the middle that had more impact than the one at the end; as with the previous book, the end felt a bit predictable.Since I'm traveling, I bought the third book to read on the trip. I'll read something else before turning to it, though.(Finished 2007-11-08 8:05EST)

  • Speedtribes
    2019-01-06 15:41

    Second book in the series. I found this one stronger, in that the plot didn't fly about nearly as much and wasn't quite as sidetracked by the necessary description of what just makes the aliens alien. (being as most of it was covered in the first book) This story is far more contained. There is excellent coverage of the emotional backlash and follow through for the events in the first book.I am grateful that the author has a realistic understanding of injuries and wounds and the sorts of stresses that weird science can place on a person's body. Enjoyable with a cup of coffee and a bit of pie. :P

  • Arthur Gibson
    2019-01-04 12:38

    This was a fun second book. It was a little slow starting, but only because the first ended on such a note of action. Good characters. The strangeness of her universe grows. Diverse people, diverse species. Good plot. Lots of questions answered. A lot more asked. Unfortunately, I have made the error of reading the first two books before owning the third. Stupid me, lol. Oh well. We all need a goal in life. I will have to pick up the hardcover as soon as I can so I can finish the series. I will definately read more from this author.

  • Mike
    2018-12-28 16:23

    After Survival being a bit hit or miss for me I was a little unsure about Migration, but I should not have worried. It was a book I couldn't put down from start to finish. Where as Survival had some boring description this was far more flowing. Migration does not stand alone and I think if you haven't read Survival there will be parts of Migration that will be hard to follow. Although not an all action book there was plenty of suspense and plot turns. I will definitely be reading the third book.

  • Mark
    2019-01-03 14:38

    Czerneda is one of those science-fiction authors I've become very comfortable with. Slipping into her stories is now like putting on favorite slippers. This series deals with a multi-stellar Interspecies Union and the fundamentals of biology applied at a species level. At times the internal and external dialogues can become a bit jumbled and the protagonist is prone to a bit too much internal exposition, but these are niggling objections. The storyline is great and I find I do care for the characters. I'm reading the last in the series now.

  • Teresa
    2018-12-26 15:49

    The second in the Species Imperative Trilogy picks up where the first leaves off. Again, Mackenzie Conner is at the center of the action, attempting to determine who the real enemy is, and how a species could evolve the way this one has. With the help of one intriguing extra-sol affairs officer, Mac attempts to solve these mysteries that seem to have fallen in her lap. After all, she is only just a salmon researcher.

  • David
    2019-01-21 14:24

    I just finished this book, and the third in the series, Migration, will follow as soon as I can get my hands on it. This novel does not surprise the reader with the unexpected quite as much as the first in the series did. Most likely that is because one now understands a bit more about the setting and adversaries that the protagonist faces. Still, I slept less than I should have, since I had trouble putting it down in the evenings.

  • Kat
    2019-01-05 17:22

    good follow up to the first - and definitely sets up the final piece in the trilogy. I agree with others that the book starts a little slowly; I was anxious to get to the action. but again, once the action starts, hold on to your hats!incredible diversity in alien species. I like Mac because she's flying by the seat of her pants, she's out of her element, but she's capable and smart and surpasses even her own expectations. I'm looking forward to the resolutions of the third book.

  • Tani
    2019-01-03 17:47

    4.5 stars. Hard to get into, but once I had, better than the first book by a far stretch. Loved all the interactions and the many details of the aliens encountered in this book. I have also fallen in love with Mac, the main character, and her staunch insistence on uncovering truth, no matter what the cost. Starting the final book right now, in hopes of circumventing the rough start by just keeping the flow going.

  • Chris Tice
    2019-01-16 18:37

    This was my second book from Julie and I liked the characters she portrays. The lead females are feminine and resourceful without being "butchy". I liked the depth with which she creates the alien species and the plot twists were surprising and fresh but not ridiculous like some of the books that I read.

  • Lisa
    2019-01-10 18:46

    I am amazed at how well each character was defined to still be distinguishable with all the aliens in this book. I loved the humor. It was a joy to have species that make fun of the human actions and verbiage. The search for Mac's friend, Emily, and all the events (old questions answered and new questions occurring) in this story made it hard to put this book down.

  • Francine
    2018-12-31 15:24

    This is really good science fiction. It's clever and intelligent; characters (of all sorts) are well defined.The author has one of the characters say "the Wilson's are 13th generation fishermen". I love that sort of helps you place it in time...think Wilson fishing gear (Wilson Sporting goods).This is book 2 of 3; I am looking forward to reading the final chapter of this story.

  • L
    2019-01-01 14:46

    Let's see: issues of diplomacy vs war; plans to commit genocide (actually, to wipe out an entire species) for the sake of security--safe to say that Czerneda dealt with timely social issues in this one. It is impossible for me to not love her work. character. alien beings. social complexity. It's all here. No time for more. Must get to Amazon for #3 in the trilogy.

  • Terry
    2019-01-18 19:45

    Not quite as engaging as the first volume in this series. Dr. Mackezie Connor is not as interesting away from her primary research but the ideas and plot twists as she travels with Brymn the Dhryn are worth the time.

  • Stephanie Jones
    2019-01-18 16:45

    After I read the first book, I shrugged and moved on to the second (this one) because I had it lying around. I'm much more eager to move on to the next after Migration. The political machinations got much more twisty here and the science got cooler.

  • victoria.p
    2018-12-30 19:29

    Maybe 3.5? I enjoyed this one more than the first, I think, though it definitely feels like a middle book in a trilogy (there were some plot threads that seemed to get dropped) and also I still don't love the main character, though I do enjoy watching her interact with aliens.

  • Kat
    2019-01-06 14:32

    I like the authors touch of humor and plot twist, but it wasn't as engaging as Survival.

  • Morgan McGuire
    2019-01-07 13:21

    This was a huge letdown. The first book was great and this one went nowhere.

  • Stacy
    2019-01-13 16:46

    Book two - character progression worked beautifully and enjoyed a great storyline.