Boss, a loner, loved to dive derelict spacecraft adrift in the blackness of space.... But one day, she found a ship that would change everything - an ancient Dignity Vessel - and aboard the ship, the mysterious and dangerous Stealth Tech. Now, years after discovering that first ship, Boss has put together a large company that finds Dignity Vessels and "loose" stealth technology.
Following a hunch, Boss and her team come to investigate the city of Vaycehn, where 14 archeologists have died exploring the endless caves below the city. Mysterious "death holes" explode into the city itself for no apparent reason, and Boss believes stealth tech is involved. As Boss searches for the answer to the mystery of the death holes, she will uncover the answer to her Dignity Vessel quest as well - and one more thing, something so important that it will change her life and the universe forever.
©2011 Kristine Kathryn Rusch (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"City of Ruins is a solid mystery (with a dash of adventure) whose ending teases even greater things in the next novel, Boneyards. Sign me up." (SF Signal)
I've listened to 20+ scifi books on Audible and this is only the second that I could not finish. I'm a big fan of Rusch's other works (particularly the Retrieval Artist series), but this book has been a disappointment . The main character is VERY irritating which is only made worse by the fact that most of the story is written in first person. The narrator actually does a good job of portraying the quirky antisocial characteristics of the protagonist (which in some ways is unfortunate).
I do like the premise of "archaeology in space" and there is considerable potential for this to be a great series (assuming the protagonist is replaced). If you like this genre, check out Jack McDevitt's books as the concept is similar but the characters are more relatable.
Doctor of misanthropy
What's the audible equivalent to "I just couldn't put this book down?"
This was that.
I just want more.
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Starts a little slow - builds artfully. Much suspense & creativity. Leaves the reader craving for the next book in the series.
Pennsylvania resident. Reader of mostly Science Fiction, some Fantasy, and a dash of History and other Non-Fiction.
This was an amazing listen, though it was a little slow in the beginning compared to the first book. You really won't get into the story unless you've also read or listened to the previous book, but I absolutely loved it and couldn't stop listening. I was also a little disappointed that the story ended in somewhat of a cliffhanger, but that just means I'll have another amazing story to look forward to. 5 stars.
I had some serious issues with the first volume in this series, Diving into the Wreck. I am happy to report that this book is worth reading. The story line of a space vessel lost in in time is interesting and there's plenty of suspense and action. But even better, now we have a second viewpoint from another character, which is done in the third person.
As I said in my previous review, I find the first-person narration for the major character off-putting -- it's difficult to write in this mode successfully. The entire first book was done in first person, and I'm sorry to report that it's still not effective here in the second volume. But now, we have another viewpoint, so the book was saved for me.
Like many classic science fiction tales, this book ended in a rush. I wanted more, which perhaps is a good sign.
This sequel to "Diving Into the Wreck" takes us for an interesting ride through an underground ruin, and many of the themes from the first book return - the mysterious "stealth tech", the care and caution the team takes while diving, etc. The latter issue does get a bit boring, when you just want to know what happens next and are sick of hearing the members try to see who can be safest while diving!
The story is interesting, but kind of ends on an unfulfilling note, and I'm not sure it makes me care enough to read any more of the story.
I thought the plot had potential
The omniscient voice of the main character is pompous, mind numbingly repetitious.
The narrator was fine. the material was bad
There is a broken record feeling that interrupts the flow of the story
I got this book on the high reviews this received and I really don't get it.
The dialog and the characters are so boring I could not get through this book. It seems all the main two characters talk about is how they need to go slowly. That may be safe and conservative in practice, but who wants to read about it in excruciating detail.
The premise is actually pretty good which makes this book even more disappointing.
I would not recommend this book if you are looking for fast paced action with likeable characters.
This is a great space adventure book that takes place on a distant planet. I enjoyed the unique story line because it is a twist from other space based books. At times, I did feel some planet, and alien names sounded like they were from old Star Trek episodes. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Wonderful story by KK Rusch. I've read most of her Retrieval Artist books and really enjoyed them. This has a new set of characters, and is told from two different points of view almost on a chapter-by-chapter basis. Really intriguing to watch the two groups of people come closer and closer, and finally meet. I was completely engrossed, and can't wait for the next one in the series - there will be another one won't there?!!
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