Reviewed: 2014-08-14 - (Review Updated: 2018-03-03)
fuzzywuzzy already reviewed this and, like all of his reviews, seems to capture the essence of the story. But I'd like to add a little more (please read his first, though).
Refugees I is the latest in the Jade Force series where, to my mind, Lazlo Zalezac is using his art to make a serious political statement. Each story in the series pretty much attacks a problem besetting the modern world, all of which seem intractable. The alternate solutions offered in these fictional stories seem by far better than what the world has had to endure thus far. Each problem is approached using a problem solving technique that appeals to the rational mind, rather than the "politics as usual" approach often seen in the real world.
While most of the solutions being implemented in the stories thus far may seem brutal, they are all logical to this reviewer's eye and, in the long run, the least painful. Sort of like quickly ripping a band aid off rather the trying to slowly removing it in order to avoid any pain (which doesn't work, of course). You may not agree with his solutions, but you can't argue with the logic used in approaching them, given the setup in the first story of the series. And, of course, I strongly urge you to read the entire series starting from the beginning if you have arrived here by some other means.
Why I find the series thus far to be vastly entertaining is that it is art imitating life. I only hope he keeps the series going and directs his fertile imagination at the stupidity afflicting the modern world. You might not always agree with him but it does get you thinking.
I'll also add the writing is excellent, no proof reading errors that I could see and no homonymic errors. Laslo is a real word smith. The ratings in all the stories in this series are well deserved.
There is an old saying; give a hungry man a fish and he will eat a meal, teach a hungry man how to fish and he will feed himself and his family for as long as he lives. It is the same with refugees cared for by the Jade Force. That is what they did in Lazlo's story.
Jade force took a dying people dislocated by war, and sent out into a desert to starve to death. The Jade force saved them and by giving them the tools to do the job the Refugees became self sufficient, and became a self supporting group, not a hundred, not a thousand, but tens of thousands.
Enjoy, I did!