Jake Holman and Gail Cutler lead 5,000-plus human colonists on the newly discovered world of Greentrees. Thinking the planet uninhabited, they're surprised and disconcerted to find out that humanoid tribes are already resident.

Jake and Gail try to keep the diverse colonists committed to building a successful community, but the aliens' presence distracts their focus—especially when they discover the furry aliens aren't native to Greentrees and appear to be experimental colonies of different types of mind control. What will the feisty humans do when the beings that planted the aliens come back to observe their experiments?

In this latest thrilling offering by Kress, CROSSFIRE's world-building and character development are flawlessly executed in a thought-provoking conjunction of passivity and morality. (Feb., 368 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kelly Rae Cooper