Abominable. The premise is absurd on its face, the dialogue insipid, the characters cardboard, and the only reason this is novel-length is because the supposedly smart characters act remarkably stupid for hundreds of pages -- they can't figure out the bleeding obvious from a multitude of telegraphed clues. Truly awful.
I find it had a very mid-20th century vibe to it, which would be less of an issue if the story moved faster and was more engaging. It felt like I was being told rather than shown aspects of the story. It might have improved further on, but I found that I couldn't be bothered after about four chapters.
Solid if plodding book.
Easy to read and Mr. Bova knows how to keep the reader's curiosity up. Quite a few standard science fiction elements are used. Character development was a bit weak for me. While it was expected the characters would all react differently as the various plot elements unfolded, their reactions seemed too simple at times, lacking depth. The romance element seemed a bit too rushed, almost superficial but perhaps the aliens wanted to influence the humans by any means possible. There will likely be two or three sequels to this novel.
Jordan Kell and his team of scientists are sent on a mission to explore the planet Sirius C. The book was interesting enough to keep me reading through the story. I found some of the other characters pretty amusing, especially Meek. I also have some complaints. Some chapters are "fillers"(chapters that don't advance the story line whatsoever). An example is the romance between Jordan and Aditi. There was too much lovey dovey space opera between them. And it wasn't even GOOD space opera. I also found the ending to be somewhat disappointing. Nevertheless, it's a great book. If you're new to the Sci Fi genre and/or don't want to read a Sci Fi book that has to do with war/plague/invasion/etc then this is the book for you.
- an awesome book.
- it made for a great read.
- well written & easy 2 read.
- a good story line which made it a real nice page turner.
- just when u think all is lost, it end up not being, haha. [read it 2 c what i ment by that]
- hope u enjoy reading it as much as i had.
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