My day off book lately has been Forsaken Skies by D. Nolan Clark. It’s a flight squad-based military science fiction. There’s also a lot of focus on the people outside of the battle, combatant and non-combatant alike.
Of the non-combatants, Thom and Roan take much of the focus. Thom is a young man thrust into a spokesman role. Roan is a religious adept whose faith and youth quietly conflict.
Here’s an interesting passage:
When discussing resentment, Roan recalls a lesson from her mentor:
“The elder says that attachment to a slight is like clutching a wenemous snake to your breast and hoping your enemy dies.”
Perhaps we could all learn from that. If we did, then I would have trouble with some of my own stories, but we would live in a better world. Maybe.