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Eight months after the astounding discoveries made at Fermilab....

Particle physics was always an unlikely path to the stars, but with the discovery that space could be compressed, the entire galaxy had come within reach. The technology was astonishing, yet nothing compared to what humans encountered 4,000 light-years from home. Now, with an invitation from a mysterious gatekeeper, the people of Earth must decide if they're ready to participate in the galactic conversation.

The world anxiously watches as a team of four katanauts suit up to visit an alien civilization. What they learn on a watery planet hundreds of light-years away could catapult human comprehension of the natural world to new heights. But one team member must overcome crippling fear to cope with an alien gift she barely understands.

Back at Fermilab, strange instabilities are beginning to show up in experiments, leading physicists to wonder if they ever really had control over the quantum dimensions of space.

©2018 Douglas Phillips (P)2018 Tantor

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A disappointment...

This book was a departure from the first one in that it really has nothing new to say. The plot was contrived and trite. The narration was horrible. It is never a good idea to change narrators mid-series, but the narrator's vocalization of male characters sounded like a person with a severe cold. The characters were "out of character" as compared to the previous book, which isn't hard given their thin background. I simply feel as though the plot was weak and the decisions of a great many of the characters were ridiculous. In the end I wouldn't recommend this chapter of the story.

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Mostly disappointed a little bored

Mostly disappointed. I sincerely wish for more fiction based in real science, and this delivers from that aspect. But like the first book in the series the characters are cartoon characters I don't particularly identify and the writing is weak.

I absolutely hated the narration, her characterization was very distracting. Reminded me of my mother reading me a story and doing different voices.

I won't be waiting for the 3rd in the series.

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Fairly fun read, but not great. Narrator too...

This book is pretty good, fun, but has some lightweight parts. Weaknesses.
What I struggle with is this narrator... She does a good job overall, but virtually all the male voices, at virtually all times, speak in this constantly annoying minor tone, in a thrusting-lunging sort of rhythm, often sound, amongst other adjectives (besides unrealistic and unnatural) gruff, short and angry, sullen or brooding--or just simply like rude pushy jerks or assholes!
She is, sadly, very annoying to listen to as there are quite a few male voices. I have listened to her before and had the same problem. Please study and improve on your impressions of men's attitudes, tone, sound and manner of speaking!

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great story, fun follow-up to quantum space

overall I enjoyed the story. as a physicist I found it a little hard to accept some of the more outlandish claims, but that doesn't take away from the story... it is science fiction after all. I went in wanting to be entertained and I want disappointed.

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