The High Ground: Imperials 1

The High Ground: Imperials 1

by Melinda Snodgrass

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The Emperor’s daughter Mercedes is the first woman ever admitted to The High Ground, the elite training academy of the Solar League’s Star Command, and she must graduate if she is to have any hope of taking the throne. Her classmate Thracius has more modest goals—to defy his humble beginnings and rise to the rank of captain. But in a system rocked by political division, where women are governed by their husbands and fathers, the poor are kept in their place by a rigid class system, and the alien races have been conquered and subjugated, there are many who want them to fail.

A civil war is coming and the machinations of those who hunger for power threaten the cadets. In a time of political intrigue, class conflict, and alien invasion, they will be tested as they never thought possible…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785654091
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 301,898
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Melinda Snodgrass has written multiple novels and screenplays, and is best known for her work on Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has also worked on numerous other shows, including The Profilers, Sliders and Seaquest DSV. She coedits the Wild Cards series with George R.R. Martin. Melinda is the author of The Edge series, which is published by Tor Books in the US and Titan Books in the UK. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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The High Ground: Imperials 1 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CaptainsQuarters More than 1 year ago
Ahoy there me mateys I literally read book one then picked up book two and read that as well. Seriously this series should have more love! The first book centers around the elite training academy of the Solar League. Okay so space training academies are rampant in sci-fi but the brilliance of this one is how the material is handled. First of all ye follow two people from completely different backgrounds. Mercedes is the fairly spoiled daughter of the Emperor, and his heir, who is looking towards marriage. Only her father gives her an ultimatum that she must join the academy in preparation for ruling. The problem? Women are not part of the military. She will be the first. Mercedes has absolutely no interest and throws a temper tantrum. But her father and the needs of the country leave her no choice. The other point of view is Tracy who comes from a working class background. His father is a tailor to the wealthy and wants Tracy to increase his station. Basically the only way out is to earn it and Tracy has been offered a scholarship to attend the academy. He doesn’t want to go and plans on refusing it. He hates the ruling elite and wants nothing to do with upper-class society. He wants to go to a regular university and manage his own future path. But familial duty weighs heavily as does his father’s expectations and sacrifices. So of course they both end up going to the academy. Mercedes has to deal with being a female pioneer and the politics of her position. Tracy has to deal with internal prejudices and the intricacies of social status. Both end up wanting to tackle the challenge and thrive. But that’s not all! Add in aliens, action, and sabotage. Besides being an entertaining book, there are also the larger pictures of racism and imperialism. The humans in this book have won control over all the alien races and have subjugated them. The society is highly stratified by class and position and gender. It harkens back to Spain in terms of culture and language. The politics seem more in line with modern American to this reader at least. I absolutely loved the various alien cultures and want to learn a lot more about them. Also while there is romance in these novels, it doesn’t take center stage and certainly doesn’t go in the expected direction. As always, I love watching women make waves and succeed. Ultimately book one was wonderful and I loved every second. Book three of the five books series is out now and I be planning on reading it. I wish I already had the entire series in me cabin. This be a good one so far and I recommend that the crew join me on this journey. Arrrr!
LolaReviews More than 1 year ago
after a review by a blogger friend and seeing Nicole Poole narrate this book i decided to listen to the audiobook of this book. I really enjoyed this story, with it's focus on the social complexities of this futuristic society, but also a well done developed world with well done sci-fi elements. I enjoyed reading about Tracie and Mercedes, who are on opposites sides of the social ladder, but who form a connection nonetheless. They both end of at the prestigious High Ground academy and it was interesting to see them find their way and the challenged they faced. they both face very different challenges too and I liked seeing the perspectives of two such different characters. There is a huge cast of side characters and I struggled at times remember who was who. There is a lot of hints and foreshadowing that I think will become relevant in later books. The pacing is quite gentle, which works here, but toward the end things sped up and I had to know what would happen. Nicole Poole's narration was awesome. The audiobook was pleasant to listen to and I like how everyone has a different voices and vibe due to how she narrates them. She also handled the Spanish words well. All in all this was a great science fiction read and I am glad I picked it up and am eager to see how the series continues.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
The High Ground (Imperials, #1) by Melinda M. Snodgrass High Grounds is a decisive thriller of the space academy series. Based off Melinda Snodgrass’s own interest in history and the for drawn conclusion that history will inevitably repeat itself. Mankind has achieved space flight and conquered the realms of time and space. Only to fall prey to the petty partitions of society and the elevation of class systems throughout the stars. Using money to determine the equity of nobility has created not only a class system but a problem for its rulers. The Emperor for the first time like predecessors i earth's historic pass has been unable to produce a require heir apparent. In his personal struggle he begins to change society creating like the modern age a change in inheritance of the royal lineage. Yet his attempts to change society from within has caused intrigue and espionage in his subjects. This story is not only about class systems, or about the society of the stars based on the inheritance of monopolies but on the reality of human nature, and the testament of triumphant attempts to surpass that nature. I have already pre-order the next book in the series, and am impatiently awaiting the next edition next summer. Congratulations and bows to the queen of literature with a historical twist, Melinda Snodgrass you have done it again creating characters that we have to see surpass our expectations.