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Worldwar: Striking the Balance cover The WorldWar Tetralogy by Harry Turtledove

Published by Del Ray Books

Reviewed by Leigh Kimmel

Worldwar: Striking the Balance ties up the conflict between humanity and the Lizards. Many of the individual fictional characters work out happy ends for themselves -- for instance, Liu Han rescues her daughter from the Lizard scientist and is able to teach the girl to be a human instead of a little Lizard.

However, on the macro scale there is something that is not entirely satisfactory about the solution -- it seems to come too quickly for all the buildup we've gone through, and it leaves too many things hanging. For instance, where are the surviving members of the Lizard invasion force going when they give up the invasion? I didn't get the impression that they were going to pile back into their remaining spaceships and head back to Home, but neither did I get to find out where they might be taking refuge on Earth (perhaps in Africa or one of the other areas that failed to successfully resist them?). And perhaps most important, what is going to happen when the colonization fleet arrives, expecting to find a pacified world ready for settlement, and instead finds an Earth ready and waiting for them?

The story continues in Colonization: Second Contact.

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Review posted December 16, 1998

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