THE HIGH GROUND
Military academy hijinks
released OUT NOW! 419 pages | Paperback/ebook Author Melinda snodgrass Publisher Titan Books
Starship Troopers with a dash of Sweet Valley High, The High Ground takes us into a future dominated by the princely descendants of modern-day corporate CEOs. Battles with several extraterrestrial races drove the creation of a feudal aristocracy. Now mankind rules the stars, these new toffs are well bedded in to society... Until now! The Emperor, short of a male heir, sets the established order all-a-wobble by sending his eldest daughter to the High Ground, the starship academy where the scions of noble houses are trained to discharge their military duties.
This is the kind of oldfashioned, rollicking space opera that right-wing SF protest groups would love, if there weren’t so many women and non-whites in it. A little, forced, thoughtfulness is present in Princess Mercedes’s struggle against the established patriarchal order, but in the main the US military academy story template holds sway. Romance comes in the form of Tracy, a scholarship student who has his own battle against class to fight.
The writing is initially breathless, but settles well. The result is a slickly penned, fun book with solid characters. Entertaining, though not world-changing.
Melinda Snodgrass also wrote several episodes of Star Trek: TNG – including an episode called “The High Ground”!