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Interference

A Novel
By: Sue Burke
Series: Semiosis Duology, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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"Narrators Caitlin Davies and Daniel Thomas May reprise their roles, and between them, they’ve once more captured the essence behind the voices of multiple characters, and even more impressively, this time there are non-humans thrown into the mix." (Bibliosanctum)

Sue Burke's sweeping, award-finalist, SF Semiosis epic continues in Interference as the colonists and a team from Earth confront a new and more implacable intelligence.

Over 200 years after the first colonists landed on Pax, a new set of explorers arrives from Earth on what they claim is a temporary scientific mission.

But the Earthlings misunderstand the nature of the Pax settlement and its real leader. Even as Stevland attempts to protect his human tools, a more insidious enemy than the Earthlings makes itself known.

Stevland is not the apex species on Pax.

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if you enjoyed the first book, you'll love this.

All I can say is I had a enjoyed this book even more than the first. It surprised me at times, and I enjoyed the technology used, as well as the problems with said technology. I can't wait for the third!

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The trip was better than the destination

I enjoyed the story as it played out and the performers were excellent. The problem was that the story was much more interesting than where it all ended up.

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Return of the Bamboo!

I was really happy to discover this sequel and I was not disappointed. More Bamboo please!

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Serious Symbiotic Shortfall this time

Having very much enjoyed Sue Burke's first volume of this series Semiosis with an excellent narration by Caitlin Davies and Daniel Thomas May I purchased Interference , her second book based on the planet Pax and was flummoxed by the new novel's energylessness and the sense that this was a sequel for the sake of a sequel. While the various protagonists be they human, plant, animal or something in-between are no less interesting this time around, far, too little of the curious zoological novelty and subtle though steady plotting that I prized in Semiosis is carried over into this follow-up. In truth, I struggled to get to the end and was left as disappointed as a patch of dehydrated rainbow bamboo.

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Solid Follow-up

I’m assuming you’ve read or listened to the first book in the series and I really enjoyed it. This is solid, not outstanding. It expands PAX but I felt it could get a bit confusing and I didn’t understand the motivations of some major characters. The story doesn’t appear to be over so I’m looking forward to more depth in the next book but this was an enjoyable addition.

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Fantastic

Sue Burke's work is a wonderful and worthy sequel to Semiosis. As with the first work, it does what science fiction can do best by exploring rich concepts in ecology, governance, and multi-speciesism within an utterly compelling and page turning narrative. Once I started listening, I could not stop!

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Another great book from Burke!!!

The second book in the Duology Series takes place generations after Semiosis. And we get to learn more about Stevland, and Stevland gets to learn more about Pax, humans, and Earth.

Without giving away too much, Stevland finds ways to experience the wider world and even gets her seeds back to Earth, which that story has been setup at the end of this book, and promises to be another great book from Sue Burke!!! A 4 out of 5 star read, and I cant wait for her next book!

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Moral Ambiguity... Through Plants!

Interference follows Volume 1 well. It does not stand alone, though. Burke raises excellent questions about the nature of freedom, agency and care through speculative interaction of very different intelligent species. There is a decent story under the morality play, but not a great one. Davies and May are competent readers, although I don't understand why the book needs two.

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continued compelling story

Enjoyed this sequel to Semiosis. Perhaps not as inventive as that novel, but still compelling. I often do not enjoy switching POV characters, but in this book it is done well. Each character is self-consistent when seen from their point of view. Leaves room for a sequel, but does not demand one.

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Great continuation

If you're considering getting this book, it's probably because you already listened to and liked the first book. You will like this one too. New story line including a view of the evolution of Pax culture from an outside perspective,

I liked it at least as much as the first book... probably more because you get to dive right into the familiar world that has already been established in book one.

Nice job again, Sue! I enjoyed spending another 12 hours in the world you have created.

Covers are cool too. I hope the book 3 cover uses some rainbow bamboo.

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  • 12-21-19

Fun story, sometimes feels lacking in substance

Enjoyed this book (and Semiosis) but have to say it dragged a little bit in some places, some ideas weren't explored fully, and sometimes the story just felt a bit 'thin'. The narration was ok but not sure why they changed narrator for certain characters. Still, if the concept appeals and you enjoyed Semiosis (the style is very similar as you'd expect) then this will probably be a fun listen.

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  • iBloke
  • 12-06-19

Not quite as good as original but still an excellent story

Difficult to follow up such a stunning first novel, this keeps the world but moves in centuries and introduces a off world source of disruption, and its in the off world characters and back story that I found less smooth and engaging. Where as the world of Pax, its characters and ecology was beautifully described and designed. Overall an excellent story and very well read.

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  • Mr. A. C. Hewitt
  • 11-14-19

An excellent sequel

a worthy follow up that expands on the themes of the first book. Would love to read more in this series!

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  • 10-26-19

Dick Barton ghastly daughter reads again !

Why read a book with continuous breathy angst ? Meaningless with respect to the unfolding story. A dramatic childish manner much used by any precocious 11 year old girl desperate to put meaning into that she is reading but doesn't understand.