Priscilla Hutchins has been through many experiences.This is the story of her first unforgettable adventure.…
Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins has finally realized her lifelong dream: She’s completed a nerve-bending qualification flight for a pilot’s license.
Her timing is far from optimal, however. Faster-than-light travel has only recently become a reality, and the World Space Authority is still learning how to manage long-range missions safely. To make matters worse, efforts to prepare two planets for colonization are killing off native life-forms, outraging people on Earth.So there’s not a lot of demand for space pilots.
Priscilla thinks her career may be over before it has begun. But her ambition won’t be denied, and soon she is on the bridge of an interstellar ship, working for the corporation that is responsible for the terraforming.
Her working conditions include bomb threats, sabotage, clashes with her employers - and a mission to a world, adrift between the stars, that harbors a life-form unlike anything humanity has ever seen. Ultimately, she will be part of a life-and-death struggle that will test both her capabilities and her character....
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I've enjoyed McDevitt's work in the past. This book, however, just frustrated me. It was disjointed, and the world building was not well thought out. For instance, do you imagine that almost 200 years from now we would still be using the phrase "global warming'? The author agrees that it is of great concern but in 200 years the consequences of such would have a huge impact. Yet in this story it is only mentioned in passing...again, it's an idea/concept that isn't well thought out. Also, in 200 years, Hollywood is still the movie-making center of the world...
If you took the world as we know it now and added FTL flight, a space station as hub for people traveling to and from earth, and people concerned with terraforming you would have this novel. Colloquialisms, political issues, society - nothing seems to have changed in almost 200 years. The space station is a glorified airport being threatened by terrorists.
Early in the book there is about 15 minutes dedicated to an encounter with another species...and then nothing. Perhaps it's setting up for the next book but I found it a red herring, lacking in excitement, no problems with communication at all.
It took me several days to get through this book - I simply wasn't interested in listening to it. This from a person who often listens to books 8-10 hours a day while driving, cleaning, etc.
Not sure if it was a waste of credit, but definitely this book is at the bottom of the list of all McDevit books that I have. Too many boring parts. Important story lines were left dangling in the end. Rationale for character action in tragic circumstances are so not convincing that it seemed just sheer laziness on the author's part.
Story seemed forced, almost contrived. Much of this could have been exposition in a new novel about those aliens first encountered at Talios. There were so many threads left hanging. I feel like McDevitt's biggest fan and this is not what I've come to expect from him. Even so, I did not feel it was a total waste of time. If you've never read McDevitt, start with this one and you will not be disappointed when you enjoy his other books.
The performance of the book was very well done, but the story is just a series of events that never really draw to a conclusion. If you are looking for a story that doesn't really go anywhere, then this is definitely a book for you. The explanation of the technologies used and of everything away from planet Earth were interesting, but not enough to save the book overall.
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