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In this prequel to Eon, Greg Bear continues to explore the possibilities presented by the asteroid Thistledown, a remnant of a lost human civilization. The Way is a tunnel through space and time that leads to other worlds, some more like planet Earth than Earth itself. It is perhaps the most formidable discovery in Thistledown and with it come disputes as to the nature of the Way and how it should be used.

The Way can be reached only through Axis City, the only space station of Thistledown. The ruling body of Axis City, the Hexamon, has decreed that other worlds reached by The Way must be left untouched as an insurance against future needs of the human race. But then the Hexamon hear of a group of clandestine colonists who have settled on one of the new worlds.

Olmy Ap Sennon is an eager young career soldier who must go and investigate this illegal colony, and at the same time confront his own humanity. As he witnesses the hardship and beauty of the outlaw human colony, he learns what it means to struggle with war, ecological disaster, love, and death.

©1995 Greg Bear (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Barely related to Eon and Eternity

While not a bad story in and of itself, this book is only very loosely related to Eon and Eternity. If you like books about surviving on alien planets, this story may be for you. If you're looking for a story about Thistledown and the Way and Jarts, this is not the book for you.

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Meh, boring.

I just can't care for what's happening. can't relate to the characters or the story. I got 80% and I just can't care enough to finish it.

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boring

main character wasn't a part of the plot, more of a passenger, he had little influence until the end, left me wanting

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  • w chapman
  • 07-27-20

Greg Bears worst

the audible "blurb" is totally misleading. wether Bear was contractually obliged to publish this we will probably never know. The most boring Greg Bear book yet. nothing like Forge of God ,Eon,or even moving Mars. Under cover agent goes to planet ,takes part in an incredibly boring journey on a survey ship to survey already " settled lands" .ship sinks, theres a small war.He goes home.the end. How he managed to stretch it out to 34(?) chapters is beyond me. Avoid.

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  • mark
  • 03-11-14

Not quite classic Greg Bear

I have to say that I'd ready this story way back, so I knew exactly what to expect from this story. I consider this to be right at the end of Greg Bears golden period and as such, it is a good story, but doesn't reach the heights of his pervious classics (Eon, Forge of God, Eternity).
However the narration is very good and in fact I did pick up on bits of the story that I had missed (or didn't remember) from the my first reading of the story.

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  • Mat
  • 05-16-17

Interesting

Was expecting something very different ie the beginning of "the way" however what I got was a whole new story with an amazing concept. Not entirely sure what to think of it however I'm glad I listened to it and will do so again. Very different from the original trilogy but a good book in its own right.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-04-15

Wonderfully Bizzare

Would you listen to Legacy again? Why?

Yes, it is just plain weird. Bear has a fantastic imagiation

What did you like best about this story?

All of it. As a part of the way series it is completely different, even the writing style is different..

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I didn't enjoy it. This is what is weird. It is captivating and the writing transports you to another world but its not enjoyable, if anything I found it disturbing and confusing, both in content and writing style - this isn't a criticism as it is masterful

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Do not touch

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  • Charlotte St James
  • 10-13-19

In Depth Immersion in an Alien World

I must say, it is a far cry from what I expected in a prequel to Eon, which is one of my favourite tales of the fantastic future. I did enjoy it on its own merits, which are several. Because there is no explanation of things like The Way and what was physically going on there, it will be more comfortable to listen to with that background. I loved how imaginatively this new world exudes alien. And confusing. And potentially hostile. And contrasts it with the ugliness and savagery that a hard existence in a harsh environment can become. I have one complaint, and that is technical. The length of each chapter varies from 15 mins to almost 2 hours. And having yet to find how to place bookmarks, leaves me repeating some of the story again and again because I have fallen asleep.