The Blue, Beautiful World by Karen Lord
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I gave this book 130 pages, and I could not get into it. It's a first-contact scenario written from the viewpoint (well; mostly--about a third of the way through it shifts to a group of young people who, unbenownst to them, are gathered together and prepared to make the actual contact) of aliens who are on Earth and have been for decades. They are pop stars, actors, diplomats, and other important personages who have woven themselves into the fabric of Earth culture and life. Earth is currently isolated from a five-member galactic confederation with its own culture, economy, and political intrigue, and the aliens already on Earth are worried about being infiltrated by competing factions in said confederation. Unfortunately, I realized after I hit page 130 that I didn't care about any of it, and my TBR pile is too high to further waste my time.
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