BOOK 1: Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon
Barbarian Alien description:
Twelve humans are left stranded on a wintry alien planet. I’m one of them. Yay, me.
In order to survive, we have to take on a symbiont that wants to rewire our bodies to live in this brutal place. I like to call it a cootie. And my cootie’s a jerk, because it also thinks I’m the mate to the biggest, surliest alien of the group.
I know I couldn’t stop myself from snatching up the next book right away, and Dixon really did a lot better job with this one. While the last one was fun and all, it really lacked depth to the story. This one gives the characters a background, and a realistic sort of bond that grows even as they are both hating the fact that they were paired with each other. It’s really hilarious, because Liz doesn’t realize that Raahoosh can understand English, and the junk she says is just the kind of stuff you’d blabber if you think no one knows what you’re saying, and it really confuses him in how human mating rituals work. And is it wrong for me to be glad that finally the woman is the one with the sexual experience and the man is a virgin? Because it really endeared me to Raahoosh. Also those who found the last book a bit gross, you’ll be happy to know everyone bathed in this one. But really the story was so much more than them hooking up, and we get to see more of the tribe and their politics and history that made this world come alive in a new way. The reason it didn’t get more stars though is that it did get repetitive at times. Like you don’t need to tell me something again that was just mentioned in the last chapter, my memory isn’t that bad. As well as there was some inconsistencies, some within the own story. Like how Liz asks Raahoosh about his family and then later forgets that he’s already told her about them. But a lot wasn’t lining up with how the last book described the planet, as in how the seasons work and such, but having read the rest of the series they do all line up with how this one states things at least. But all in all it is a good book, that will make you laugh and turn you on all at the same time.