Cyteen Paperback – Sep 1 1995
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Genetic manipulation, murder, intrigue and politics are just part of the story of a young scientist in this substantial book. C. J. Cherryh, who won the 1989 Hugo Award for this novel, following on her Hugo Award-winning Downbelow Station, offers another ambitious work. A geneticist is murdered by an adviser, but the scientist is replicated in the lab, leaving a prodigy who attempts to chart a different fate. The book is intense and complex yet always presented with the flow of true storytelling.
From Library Journal
A brilliant young scientist rises to power on Cyteen, haunted by the knowledge that her predecessorand genetic duplicatedied at the hands of one of her trusted advisors. Murder, politics, and genetic manipulation provide the framework for the latest Union-Alliance novel by the author of Downbelow Station. Cherryh's talent for intense, literate storytelling maintains interest throughout this long, complex novel. Highly recommended. JC
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The prose style is very clipped, almost abbreviated, and does much to give the reader a sense of unstoppable, pell-mell action and high tension, but it does take some getting used to. Especially at the beginning of the book, where Cherryh drops the reader into this very complex and alien world with very little background explanation of the situation, the people, or the world, it is easy for the reader to become lost and confused. But if the reader will persevere, bit by bit he will find an envisioned world constructed in the best traditions of the field, fully as rich and satisfying as Tolkien's Middle Earth or Herbert's Dune, but with dark overtones reminiscent of Huxley's Brave New World and the paranoid mind control of Orwell's 1984.
The plot is a complex intertwining of power politics, intriguing scientific concepts, and the personal life histories of some very dynamic characters caught up in the Byzantine struggles for ultimate control of this world.Read more ›
to import from the US at great detriment to my bank balance.
The society that Cyteen has developed is completely foreign to
the inhabitents of the companies OR the stations and marks a deep divide in the human psyche.
Earth seems to be completely cut off from contact with the "colonies",who are more and more exerting their independance
and who are experiencing a greater degree of competition from the "vat-bred" workers of Cyteen.
The problems that Earth faces is "faintly" touched on in the Chanure Saga where human ships endeavour to transgress Kif;Shsto;
Tc'a and even fire on Knnn ships,in order to establish a trading
route now being denied them by rebellious systems.
"Finity's End" tries to bring a satisfactory conclusion to the
problem,but I think that another book is neccessary to solve the
problems although I don't how she is going to find the time to write it.
The characters themselves also draw you into their lives and ambitions. In particular, I would advise all young women, especially those with the ambition to be something more than someone's girlfriend, to read the advice that Ari senior gives her replicate. Ari--- both of her--- is/are a real role model for intelligent and ambitious girls and young women, not to mention a refreshing change from the female characters in other stories whose entire life is focused on the quest for romance and love. She is the first character I have ever encountered who reflects the emotional truth of life as a highly intelligent and ambitious young woman working her way through issues of identity and intimacy--- and all the while never losing sight of the goal of self-actualization. The emotional struggles of Justin Warrick also struck me as a highly convincing portrait of a *real* young man likewise wrestling with intimacy and identity--- again, a refreshing change from stereotypes of young male heroes.Read more ›
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I was struck by this book. Its style was just like frank herbert's later (messiah and onwards) books in the dune series. It is psychological and philosophical. Read morePublished on March 19 2004 by Tywin Seaburgus
I agree that this is a wonderful book. However the word 'Book' does not explain, in any of the reviews, that it is a triad of three previously published books by C. Read morePublished on July 13 2003
I had to read this book for a biotechnology/science fiction class at UCLA. Despite the daunting size, Cherryh's book is well worth the effort needed to conquer it. Read morePublished on May 1 2003 by LAUREN OLOUGHLIN
Cherryh is at her best when she's letting you live within varying perspectives of her characters. I've never experienced this with any other author - the ability to set two... Read morePublished on April 8 2003 by Eric Picard
Good idea but too long because unnecessarily trying to be too complex. Poor characterization - if you think Justin's constant whinings is characterization that's another matter. Read morePublished on April 2 2003
A ponderous hymn to claustrophobia, that's what this book is.
Always set in the same depressing institutional seclusion of a space station, this totally unemotional and... Read more
I'm so glad to see all of the Cyteen books in one volume. I originally read them months apart and hadn't realized how much information I missed doing it that way. Read morePublished on July 9 2001
Science fiction, political intrigue and chock full of psychological mind games. One of my absolute favorite books. Read morePublished on Dec 25 2000 by Abby Fichtner