Though I didn't much care for the first person perspective, it does allow the author to quickly explain and jump over parts that would otherwise be boring, but necessary. Although the book does appear to jump in places, it's compelling to read through and all the loose ends get tied up. Jennifer Van Dyck gives the main character a particularly competent feel.
Say something about yourself!
I'm a huge fan of Rusch's Retrieval Artist series so I went into this with high expectations. Unfortunately, although the reader was great, the material was not and I was not very impressed.
The protagonist is a very unsympathetic character; this is not necessarily a fatal flaw in a book but when it's being told in the first person it doesn't help. I also found myself unable to see the internal logic in many of her decisions (despite the first person narration) and quite often I just wanted to slap her upside the head and tell her to grow up. Particularly when her bad strategic decisions got others killed. There were a number of technological issues that jarred, such as space suits that only had enough air for an hour and were fragile enough that brushing against a sharp edge was fatal. Apparently self-sealing isn't around 5000 years from now even though we routinely use it in car tyres. I also found the complete reversal of attitude of the protagonist at the end of the novel completely unbelievable in light of her actions and attitudes to that point.
I'm going to stick with the Retrieval series.
A very nice sci-fi book that's intriguing, with a great narrative performance which makes it exceedingly easy to listen to. This book is clearly character driven and lacks a bit in the technology descriptions, but if you can relinquish yourself into the vantage of the point-of-view character, who is not the sciency type, the resulting experience is one of excitement, mystery, and personal endeavor. I love the author's premise of the many dealings of man-made space junk and rediscovering technology during hundreds of years of space inhabitance. I will be following up with book 2 of the Diving Universe, as this book has definitely left me wanting more.
This story is based off of, in part, the true life story of John Chatterton and Richie Kohler's exploration of the "U-Who?", an unidentified German U-Boat off the US coast... to the point that some of the ships involved are named after the boats that were really used in the book (Chatterton and Kohler's dive boat was "The Seeker")
While I am not in any way opposed to "borrowing" from one type of story and moving it to another in science fiction (reference Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet" retelling of Xenophon's long march retreat of the 10,000 as told in Anabasis, or David Drake's borrowing heavily from Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey-Maturin books in Drake's excellent RCN series) I have REAL trouble with a science fiction series that has, at it's heart, flawed science.
I am a technical diver, certified in diving both caves and wrecks. I have dove deep wrecks in the ocean, and have quite a bit of experience in gas-management. I am also a writer, and I understand the concept of "time-locks" in a story...
The biggest problem I have with this story is that the time locks used "diving the wrecks" is patently silly.
In REAL diving, both wreck and cave, you reserve one third of your gas for the way in, one third for the way out, and one third for "trouble" as the author did in this book. That makes sense. What makes NO sense, however, is the amount of "gas" or gas delivery system used by the author. Let me explain briefly without getting into too much details. When I cave dive, I generally dive sidemount with two high-pressure tanks when filled to their absolute safe maximum give me two hours worth of bottom time at 130 feet of depth. These tanks weigh 45 pounds each filled. So far, that sounds very similar to the math used in the book, except for the fact that air compresses... and that when at 130 feet, we use gas at the rate 5 times of that of the surface. So what lasts 2 hours at 130 feet should last about 6ish hours on the surface. Space suits would have the same air pressure as the surface, one atmosphere.
My two tanks are QUITE manageable in size, and people go into TINY places with them. In space their weight wouldn't matter (only their mass).
Additionally, rebreathers used in today's technical and military diving are very similar to the air delivery system of modern space suits. With today's technology, people could go for literally DAYS at one atmosphere with a slightly but easily managed design change. I suspect the NASA units could probably push out to a day or beyond right now.
Our current astronaut service rebreathers HAVE gone 9 hours (8 hours 56 minutes, March 11, 2001) so we are to assume the people thousands of years in the future, who can build spaceships, can't duplicate this technology? Just silly.
If your remove this time lock the entire story falls apart, people should be able to spend DAYS doing what she has people only allowed 30 minutes to do.
If you want great adventures, check out the audiobook Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson (be sure to get the UNABRIDGED version!)
Perhaps the narration was supposed to fit the emotionally challenged main character's psyche but it was so wooden that even that fit is in question to me. Just not interesting even when the story is pretty good.
Hello all, I am a Father of a not so little boy. A tech head and Sci-Fi lover.
Chilling understanable thrilling
Boss, She was a unwlling hero thrusted in to the role by her father.
No this was my first.
I don't scare easly. This book sent chills through my entire body when the father and son were on the ship.
This book made me fall in love with the authors work. That woman write.
I really liked the whole plot line and theme of this book. I thought that it was a little hard to relate to the main character at some points, but still thought that she was believable and interesting. The narrator in this book is one of the best of all of the books I've listened to on audible, which makes it even better.
Would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes science fiction. One of my new favorites!
Disappointed with supposed tech levels described for diving in space. I am an experienced wreck diver with a PADI Divemaster rating and the description for diving a wreck jibs with scuba tech of the 1970's
Between the narrator's stilted reading and the first-person, present-tense writing style, I'm afraid I just couldn't finish this audiobook.
I love this author, and if first-person, present-tense doesn't bother you, the general story was intriguing - as far as I was able to listen to it. Who knows, maybe if I was reading this in print, or if it were a different narrator, I could have finished.
I was very disappointed.