Starbound

Starbound

Book - 2010
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A New from the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Award-winning author of Marsbound. Carmen Dula and her husband have spent six years travelling to a distant solar system that is home to the enigmatic, powerful race known as "The Others," in the hopes of finding enough common purpose between their species to forge a delicate truce. By the time Carmen and her party return, fifty years have been consumed by relativity-and the Earthlings have not been idle, building a massive flotilla of warships to defend Earth against The Others. But The Others have more power than any could imagine-and they will brook no insolence from the upstart human race.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, c2010
ISBN: 9780441018178
Branch Call Number: HALEMAN
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 24 cm

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ggyetko
Oct 06, 2016

The triple-first-person narrative is a *bit* hard to follow, but usually you get a pretty early clue whether it's Carmen, Namir or the Martian who is talking.
The humour is spot on, as the two races try understand each other.
It's not a deep, intellectual novel, but it has a nice pace and I was able to cruise through without ever feeling bored.
This isn't a "beat the aliens at the end with a science trick" kind of book though. It's a much more realistic look at what it would be like to run into a civilization way, way more advanced than we are - who aren't particularly nice.

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peter1962
Jul 15, 2016

This book is written in first person, but each chapter is a different character's point of view with no indication of who 'I' is. Did not finish.

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3dblus
Jun 10, 2013

Liked "Marsbound", but just couldn't get into this one. Didn't finish it.

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catfish1
Jul 01, 2011

Plenty of messages in a fast-moving and exciting plot.

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