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.
I've listened to all of the other Academy series books and was looking forward to this prequel series in order to learn more about Hutch's beginnings. This book was very disjointed and lacked continuity. The concepts and dialog just lack common sense. How do you discover a new species and barely spend 10 minutes about it? Other Academy series books are developed around far less! There's a point near the end when a virus infects the AI on a ship. The captain contacts Ops to find out what's going on there, but never mentions the virus. That's just not logical!!! It was a struggle getting to the end, just hoping it would all come together. Well, it doesn't...The narrator isn't too bad. I'd prefer if they had used the same narrator from the Academy books, but it's a minor complaint.
I'm seriously considering returning this book for a refund.
I have read many Jack McDevitt books and most are not bad - not great but not bad. This one is bad. I listened to quite a few chapters and finally gave up as it was a terrible set of stories that had no real point or plot. It has nothing to offer - just boring chatter between characters.
Probably not- think I'm done.
adequate but working with very poor material
I would ditch the book - it is pathetic.
Listener of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Intrigue (not romance), Historical Fiction and very eclectic in her literary wanderings.
I picked this up after reading most of Hutch's stories. While I appreciate that the author went back to explain the beginnings of our beloved hero, it was not that exciting for me. Had I started with this book, I would not have continued reading more about her.
Naive and fresh from flight school, Priscilla Hutchins soon discovers that interstellar travel has unexpected consequences to people, the environment and the politics of Earth. In sticking to her convictions and sincere desire to protect people, she finds herself entangled in a web of political plays by upcoming Politicians and activist groups.
Priscilla is awkward, headstrong and trying to stick to what she knows; the world around her won't let her. My issue is that I didn't want to see her like this. The action sequences seemed contrived, her reactions too cliche. I soldiered through because I wanted to find out where the story left off. I was glad to learn the origins of her nickname, but beyond that I was not excited by the plot.
Some brain washed believer in the Man Made Global Warming, Man Made Climate Change Hoax.
NO, It HAS turned me off of McDevitt as an Author
Ms Gilbert did a fine job.
I am returning this book.
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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