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  • Hex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Tracy Sallows, Allen Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (143)

    The two-time Hugo Award-winner expands the universe of his Coyote saga. The danui, a reclusive arachnid species considered the galaxy's finest engineers, have avoided contact with the Coyote Federation. Until, that is, the danui initiate trade negotiations, offering only information: the coordinates for an unoccupied world suitable for human life - a massive sphere, composed of billions of hexagons.

    A User says: "An awe inspiring saga."
    "Great Premise Lack of Character Development"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The Steele faithful might like it. And people that think humans are stupid.


    Has Hex turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Definitely not, there are plenty of good books out there on alternate types of worlds (Rama, Ringworld, etc).


    How could the performance have been better?

    A total re-write with better characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was very angry and frustrated as every character in charge made totally idiotic decisions. The captain, by the books own admission was suppose to be able to make quick decisions and be intuitive. Every decision she made got them deeper in trouble. Not to mention that she couldn't even process the capabilities of a race that could build something like Hex. Every other in-charge character in the book made idiotic decisions from putting a shuttle at full throttle (Casey) to deciding to explore rather than staying put when you end up at the wrong location (Sean)...only to mention a few idiotic decisions.

    One question - does a race that can build a Dyson sphere invite other species to come live there just so they can capture and destroy, torture, and/or eat them?


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe if I had read the book with my internal voice the characters wouldn't have seemed like such idiots, but the narrator's voice seemed to add to the incompetence of the characters. If I were an alien species I wouldn't let those poor decision making humans into my world.

    This is the first book that I have read from Steele. I hear the other books are good, but I am not going to chance it. This is the last book from this author that I will read.

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