Rejoice isn't about the aliens. It's about us.
I'm highly impressed by what Indrajit Garai managed to do with three short stories in The Sacrifice, each with the depth to stand alone but together forming a coherent, heartfelt anthology on the lengths ordinary people go to protect what they love.
Ironically, the most compelling characters in The Children of Jocasta come to be Creon and Antigone. Even in a book whose main purpose is to breathe life into two typically sidelined characters, the original stars manage to steal the show.