Science fiction masters Larry Niven (Ringworld) and Gregory Benford (Timescape) continue the thrilling adventure of a human expedition to another star system that is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure cupping a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths. And which, tantalizingly, is on a direct path heading toward the same system the human ship is to colonize.
Investigating the Bowl, or Shipstar, the human explorers are separated - one group captured by the gigantic structure’s alien inhabitants, the other pursued across its strange and dangerous landscape - while the mystery of the Shipstar’s origins and purpose propel the human voyagers toward discoveries that transform their understanding of their place in the universe.
©2014 Gregory Benford, Larry Niven (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Wonderful story, that kept me wanting to know what was next. Smart concepts, that have a lot of thought behind them, running through the story in a way that builds a world, and shows you it to you through storytelling. This is a clever and interesting hard science fiction adventure.
Poor descriptions of action and inadequate character development made it difficult for me to maintain an interest in the storyline.
Shipstar did not turn me off to this genre, nor did it turn me off to Larry Niven or Gregory Benford. Not every story can be a homerun, but this story had a difficulty making it to first base.
The last chapter, where the human crew were deciding who would stay and who would go on the mission.
I probably would not have listened to Shipstar had I known how poor the quality; I was ready to move on to another book after 2 hours.
This is the first book in a long time that I wish was abridged. There is too much unnecessary flowery descriptions which did not help with the story at all. Being a huge Larry Niven fan, this was extremely disappointing. Perhaps this would be a better book to read as you could skip over some parts to get to the meat of the story.
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