Surfacing the Rim picks up around a month or two after Piercing the Fold ends. Our characters are still living large in Miami and Jesca and Nate's attachment to each other is getting stronger and stronger.
I love this story so much. Ms. Kimball thoroughly researched the quatum theories on black holes and white holes and wove them into this story in such a way, the reader will have no problem finding them believable. The chemistry and emotions between the characters is raw and each is as unique and individual as the next. It isn't hard to feel what each character is feeling, or to follow their emotional trekks. I found myself tearing up more than once when it came to Jesca, Nate and Xander as well as when it came to Jesca and Nate.
I am overjoyed that the chapters and sub-sections in this book are labled so the reader knows whose point-of-view it is, book 1 was not and it caused me a bit of confusion until the point-of-view slips suddenly appeared to alert me as to who was narrating. This one elimates that confusion with the name of the narrator.
I found far less errors in this book than I did in book 1 which pleased me to no end. Nothing ruins a good story like a bad editor. I'm glad Ms. Kimball found a new one, or got her old one to pay more attention.
Like Piercing the Fold, Surfacing the Rim suffers from the same point-of-view changes mid-sentence, though to a far lesser degree. I can only assume Ms. Kimball's editor was actually paying attention a bit more this time. There, however, is a slightly annoying hole that should have been caught, if the editor were giving the work their full attention. Sam Crest complained repeatedly in book 1 that he'd never been able to read Xander's thoughts, yet in this book, the fact that Xander can block him surprises Samson and he acts like this is a new thing, when it is not. Another hole I found was the fact that they flew to Xander, yet their rental car is packed to he gills with things Ezra put in the trunk before they left Miami. How did Jesca not see these things being loaded onto the plane, or loaded into the rental car before she finally does see it all when they are unloading it into the cabin?
Another thing that bothered me was that they changed Corrinna's copula from a Dobrian one to a Sondian one, but Ezra never did this with Xander and it must be assumed that Xander's Dobrian one was changed to the Sondian one when Sam picked him up as a child to make him compliant as had been done with Corrinna. So why was Xander's never replaced when he joined Ezra and the others?
The story still flows beautifully, despite the holes and minor errors and I look forward to reading book 3, Ascending the Veil.
I give this book 4 paws.