Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
A good book two of the Commonwealth Saga for Sci-Fi fans, but while inventive plot twists the character development can't hold a candle to many other series of Sci-Fi families, eg. The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster-Bujold.
That said, a few comments:
Probably overly long (which I have learned to listen to at 1.25 or 1.5 x speed) but an interesting continuation of the multi family hegemony called Commonwealth.
For such a long book surprisingly few plot or character anomalies.
The worst line is within the closing five lines where the reaction of the Commonwealth to the Prime Immotile is described by one character as a "knee-jerk reaction" and the other character agrees with this assessment. The reaction of the Commonwealth was actually ridiculously restrained to the point of humankind extinction(which was another of the authors difficult-to-explain plot developments.
Fantastic sci-fi adventure, technology is imaginative and believable in the way it's described. I wish there had been more space battles! The societies in the Commonwealth are described so well, I found myself easily visualising these beautiful futuristic worlds that seemed within reach. The characters were developed well enough that I was genuinely interested in their fate. John Lee is a good narrator but there were times when it was hard to distinguish between characters having a conversation, as his voice did not change very much for some of them (dropped in and out of an accent for Ozzie a few times, was a bit confused) but this was a rare occurrence. Overall he did a very good job! The story moves along steadily between each person, not too slow, not too fast. It's such an inviting and colorful story; the plot, technology, worlds and characters were well done. I definitely recommend it :)
the up and down volume of the narration takes a little getting used to but the great story and all the elements coming together makes it worth it.
This book is the second half of the story started in Pandora's Star. I strongly recommend you read Pandora's Star first so you are familiar with all the sub-stories and numerous characters..
There are a LOT of characters in this story and they appear to be unrelated to each other in terms of the plot. This is a very complex story that slowly pulls the various characters and their individual stories together.
Eventually you'll meet two different types of aliens. One of the alien types is dramatically different than other aliens you've read about (I won't spoil the story for you by telling you what is so different about the alien). I did not like this "different alien" but over time adjusted to it and realized why its story was so central to the plot.
So if you love long and complex story lines (think 78 hours of listening time), these are GREAT science fiction books for you!
I generally only write reviews of books I don't like so as to remind myself if I see them again, and hopefully warn others...
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make sure you have finished Pandora's star before you start this book. Once I got past the character development in PS I couldn't stop listening to this series.