Book Review: Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

Happy Hump Day! Usually by mid-week I’m dragging along, but for some reason I don’t feel quite as exhausted.  I think it has something to do with the fact that my daughter has been home sick for the last two days. I don’t have to rush to the bus stop for pick up and drop off. It also means more time to read because my daughter is keeping my 3 year old busy.

Along with several other books, I loaded The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord onto my tablet before I left for my cruise in December. I was so glad I did.  Some might classify this futuristic novel as science fiction, but I think it will appeal to most fiction readers.

The book blurb called The Best of All Possible Worlds a love story but for me, the novel is a story about the common bond between people, no matter their differences. Dllenahkh’s people communicate telepathically and therefore has no need to express their emotion physically. Their advanced ability is also a disadvantage as they traverse their adoptive planet in search of suitable mates in order to rebuild their society. Their home planet was destroyed in an act of aggression and their way of life is in danger.

At the start, Dllenahkh appears rigid and unfeeling which is in stark contrast to Delura who is expressive and passionate. Because of her gift of languages, Delura becomes Dllenahkh’s liaison as they explore the planet and visit its different societies to complete his mission.  As they travel together, Delura comes to understand Dllenahkh and, in turn, his people.

It is obvious that Karen Lord took time to create a detailed history background for each society that Dllenahkh and Delura visit. Each society they visited was like a little gift of fantasy and magic. I couldn’t wait to learn more about the next place Delura and Dllenahkh visited.  The Faerie society came about because humans eschewed their current lives and created a society based off an ancient human Celtic culture. They even went as far as to give themselves elfen ears. It was jokingly called New Camelot. Each time they stopped to visit each society on Delura’s planet, I was able to vividly imagine them in my mind.

Lord created a completely new world while hinting to elements that her readers would recognize.  I’ve never wondered how people would evolve if they decided they were really fairies and not humans. If I did, it would be similar to Lord’s rendition.

Besides the vivid worlds in The Best of All Possible Worlds, I enjoyed seeing the friendships between the characters evolve. I was rooting for them all through the book, even if Dllenahkh seemed standoffish at the beginning. It shows that when we are faced with adversity and change, we must adapt or we will be lost.

I have no doubt that The Best of All Possible Worlds will make my top 10 list of 2013. It’s a well written and compelling novel.

I read a review copy of the novel. All opinions are my own.

  1. February 7, 2013
    • February 7, 2013