Oh, I hope you read it! It’s just SUCH a great book, as part of SUCH a great series, and the perfect escapism, if you need escapism.
Things to discuss!
Did you like Cordelia or Aral better? Cordelia is ALMOST too perfect, but I like that she throws up, and no one really finds her attractive, and she is awkward in social situations. On the other hand, Aral is just that perfect Othello type of wounded warrior, and I think he won me over with his very honest and straightforward attitude towards expressing his emotions.
Could you tell it started as a Star Trek fanfic? I could in the first few chapters, but pretty quickly it felt like it just moved on became it’s own thing completely. Every author is inspired by SOMETHING, I would put this in the “inspired by” category way more than the “fanfic” category.
Do you feel the need to read any more? It’s definitely a contained book, doesn’t end on a cliffhanger or anything. I mean, it ends with an open ending, but in a sort of “and life will continue” kind of way, for me, not in a “I must read the rest of the series way”. I wanted to read more myself because I just really REALLY liked the writing, and the characters and world she had created. Not because I felt like “ugh, I can’t know the answer unless I finish!”
Would you call this a Science Fiction book or a Romance book? I would call it science fiction. I think the way it builds a whole complex world, complete with technology, history, politics, and so on puts it solidly in the “science fiction” camp. I also think it is very silly to say that any book which includes ANY romance as a main plot therefore puts it in the “romance” genre and nowhere else.
Most important question, if Shahrukh plays Aral, who plays Cordelia? It has to be someone not charming, not easy, not beautiful. Or at least, not traditionally soft pretty feminine beauty. I think, Tabu. But I could accept other answers as well.