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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
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 24 cm.


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Dec 09, 2017

Felt like the book was building something epic for the end - so ploughed through some of what became tedious 1st person view juggling. Thoroughly disappointed; IMO pretty boring.

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.

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.

Jun 10, 2013

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

Jul 01, 2011

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


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