Dark Stranger introduced us, the readers, to a few new alien races. We met the Kril, Denthera, Asi and the Hajim. Each of these races had distinct traits and cultures, some more attractive than others. The Hajim are an almost felinoid race of fighters and refuse to negotiate regarding the war. The Hajim also force the Kril, described by Zoe as timid crickets, to run the prison camps. The Asi appear to be the most violent in the prison camp and start the book by being embroiled in an internal power struggle. The Asi are an armoured species that have an eye-for-an-eye mentality. They also have the lovely trait of eating flesh (yuck). Later, we meet the Benso who provide relief supplies to the camp. They are like alien hippies that look like a Praying Mantis- promoting peace, love and joy throughout the empire. They do not appear to take sides in the war but Zoe and Doc speculate that their actions mask a deeper, darker intent.
I have always found futuristic novels to be compelling because we get the chance to try and relate these alien races to our own world. I also welcome the chance to use my imagination when trying to visualize the characters because to some degree I need to understand them, otherwise my brain stutters each time I come across them in the book. If not done well the addition of alien races can be like reading a foreign language.
How do you react to these new races? What do you find the most interesting? Which alien creature in Dark Stranger did you like the most? The least?