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Star Born (Pax /Astra Book 2) (EBook, 2019, Standard Ebooks) 5 stars

When the oppressive global dictatorship of Pax took over Earth they put a stop to …

Adventure with humans caught on opposite sides of an alien world's post-war struggles.

5 stars

I enjoyed Star Born a lot more than Star Hunter. The main characters are more interesting, the world is more fleshed out and has more to do with the story itself, and the story actually has a point to it beyond “cool stuff happens!”

Again there are two main characters: one the descendant of humans who fled an oppressive Earth decades ago and were stranded on another world. The other, a member of a modern survey team from a freer Earth. The colonists befriended an ocean-dwelling species that helped them survive, but the survey team is focused on the cities built by the planet’s other intelligent species, one that looks more human and has more complex technology, but is far more brutal and warlike than the mer-people.

On one level it’s an adventure: the human born on this world is going through a rite of passage with his best friend …