An Anatomy of Beasts follows Octavia English as she runs from her past in N’Terra and learns to embrace the ways of Faloiv. Her mother has been killed, her grandmother has been hiding, and the N’Terrans are doing their best to destroy the planet. In the coming conflict, Octavia will have to choose between the home she has always known or her family.
We get to see even more about Faloiv in this planet than we did in Conspiracy. There’s a lot of emphasis on symbiotic relationships, which are relationships between species that are beneficial for both species. Symbiosis is the foundation of Faloiv, and the Faloii’s purpose is to promote that symbiotic relationship, so much so that they travel to other planets to learn what they can do to develop better symbiotic relationships between certain species.
In this book, we get all the answers we’re looking for. We learn the history of Faloiv, of N’Terra, and of the Origin Planet. There’s an emphasis on how these histories tend to rhyme with each other and affect the future peoples.
It’s so interesting to see the differences between the Faloii and the humans. The Faloii exist to improve their planet, while the human live to serve themselves. In the coming conflict, the Faloii chose to shield those who had chosen to live with them and learn their ways, while the N’Terrans convinced their children to fight their wars.
While Octavia is conflicted on her stance for much of the book, her choice in the end is obvious. Would she choose the cold distant father she’s known her whole life, or this new life on the planet that has always been her home? Would she choose the friends she cherished in N’Terra, or would she choose to spend her life being so shielded she doesn’t know who she is anymore?
Again, I really enjoyed this book. I preordered the kindle book online as soon as it was available because I liked the first book so much. This is rare for sequels, but novel improved upon the first. I’m excited to read the conclusion of this trilogy.