I have just finished Koban by S.W Bennet, following @kenubrion's recommendation. I suspected I was going to enjoy this book as it contained elements such as the annihilation of human worlds, an alien über-species (although not one the cleverest) and a “predator” environment where the story unfolds: planet Koban. Bennet really thrives building a very robust story with its four legs: hard-science, biology, strong spirited characters and an alien culture. The attention to detail is meticulous and it gives you a very 5-senses picture of what you are reading. The science was hard for me to grasp and it became eventually a leap of faith. However, this was my personal handicap. I guess those who enjoy hard science content will appreciate it, as things don’t just happen: science makes it happen. The description of Koban with its predatory plants and fauna adds colourful drama, bloody adventure but particularly a hopeful future. Two points I personally found weaker in the book were: Firstly the lack of description of personal interaction amongst the humans. The characters are very well developed on an individual basis, but I would have liked to read more about the issues that forced cohabitation and extreme team survival would have necessary caused. The second weak point for me was Bennet’s writing pace. When I was about 30% into the book, I realised Bennet was going to be one of these authors that seems to have one single speed mode. The weight of the chapters felt similar. The rhythm is maintained throughout regardless of describing the dismantling of engines or facing a Krall alien about to chew your face off. For me books like Koban should feel like running cross-country with obstacles; you adapt your speed and direction. Bennet writes like a marathon runner. He is constant and reliable, but he also needs to maintain his pace steady: too fast, too slow and he will hit “the wall” and crash. I’m looking forward to book two: Koban ,The Mark of Koban.