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Alien in the Family

January 5, 2016 - 4:14 pm No Comments

Author: Gini Koch
Publisher: DAW
Release date: 5th April 2011
Page Count: 457pp
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

The third book in the ‘Alien’ Kitty Katy series by Gini Koch, Alien in The Family starts six months after the events in the second book (Caliente Base is now a political refugee annex) and Kitty Katt is still part of Centaurion Division, as head of Airborne, working with the aliens and humans to deal with ongoing threats, whilst having accepted a declaration from Jeff Martini. In human-speak, she’s engaged, and happily so. Well, that is apart from planning a wedding to an alien, and all of the cultural implications, whilst dealing with the threats to Earth. But at least she can actually plan a wedding, now that she’s actively changed the ban on AC – human weddings.
She’s also started working closely with best friend Chuckie, who is leader of the CIA ET Division, which came as a surprise to Kitty, and a pain to Martini, who is incredibly jealous of his relationship with his fiancĂ©.
At present the team is stuck in the desert watching strange lights in the sky that are somehow familiar, and appear to be linked directly to Kitty.
In fact, the lights in the sky seem to be a message, resembling Kitty’s unity necklace. And it, oh God, appears to be an invite across the solar system to all Martini’s relatives – to the wedding reception from hell.
Similar to the first two novels in in the series, this one, also, literally doesn’t take a breath. There’s action, adventure, fighting and fun all the way through, and Kitty is a fun protagonist to ride along with. The banter she shares with everyone is genius and she can kick-ass or snog with the best of ’em.
This novel offers lots of scope for more political intrigue and fun. The wedding shenanigans (think humour, soap opera, fights and guns) gives this book the tight focus needed for the threat and also adds sparkle to the mix. From choosing a wedding dress, to relatives who think Kitty is marrying the wrong man, there is mayhem all the way.
What I particularly like about these books, is that underneath the veneer of SF action and humour, is a very relevant discourse on diversity and prejudice. Not only is Kitty Jewish, but she is marrying an alien in the first interspecies marriage since the Pontifex changed a ruling. There are also gay couples and lots of inter-racial couples in here and each character is judged on their merits not their race. Koch, through Kitty, makes it very clear what her views are, which are indicative of the tension within the SF community itself. The book is brimming with diversity. And the ending is a real treat, leaving the reader wondering just exactly how Kitty will deal with what happens next, in her own inimitable way.