Earth Rise Mass Market Paperback – Sep 30 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
This concluding sequel to Dietz's Deathday (2001) contains the same wide cast of characters whose recognizability (burnt-out pro, canny vet, manipulative pol with sincere heart, etc.) is balanced by their better-than-average depth of portrayal. Yes, Alexander Franklin is a devious politician with ambitions. But he is also an African-American U.S. president who mourns his wife's death and is willing to accept a reputation as a collaborator in order to organize the resistance movement against the insectile Saurons. Yes, the more noble humans and equally enslaved Ra 'Na defeat the arrogant Saurons in the end. But not everyone is motivated by selfless ideals, and even the good guys around Franklin make a hard (and immoral) choice, using the Saurons to decimate the white supremacists who also fight to overthrow the aliens. The author includes some interesting speculation on the nature of race relations and class divisions, giving his Saurons three separate genetic castes operating in a rigid social hierarchy. The commentary on human race relations is full of satiric insight. Surprisingly, this tale of worldwide alien invasion centers on only four locales. The sense of confinement, however, does help build an atmosphere of captivity, which aids considerably in reader identification with the plight of the human characters. Unfortunately, Dietz's plot-central alien reproduction seems unlikely, while his humans are rarely confronted with the problems of reconciling their real differences of belief.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A fascinating invasion thriller." ---Midwest Book Review --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
'Earthrise' is the sequel to 'Deathday.' I'd received 'Earthrise' as a gift, discovered it was a sequel, and decided that I should see if I should buy the first book. Almost all of the reviews I read of both books rated them both at fair or poor. After reading a summary of 'Deathday' I realized that I didn't need to read it before 'Earthrise.' I picked up enough from the summary to know what the scene was: Earth had been invaded by insectoid aliens and was now enslaved.
Dietz's twist was that the insectoid aliens were racist. In their hierarchal society, black bugs ruled, brown bugs were warriors, and white bugs were slaves. As such, when the bugs enslaved humans, they categorized them that way as well. For example, the black governor of Washington state is picked by the bugs to be the US president.
So why did the bugs (who call themselves 'Saurons' - not too obvious that they're bad guys) invade Earth? They needed to reproduce. Apparently the entire species reproduces asexually at death, giving rise to a nymph that carries the genetic memory of its parent. It's an intriguing concept but every single bug all at the same time? That sounds far-fetched to me.
In 'Earthrise', the President leads a resistance movement to take back Earth at the point when the bugs are spawning their nymphs. The humans are aided by another slave race that the bugs have brought with them through space. They're called the Ra 'Na.Read more ›
I bought this book because I wanted to see if it was as bad as the reviews depicted. Once again I found that the story was acceptable but this time saw that Dietz continues in the same patterns he fell into at the end of his previous effort. OK, he branches out a bit and adds "that being the case" and "and so it was that" to his repetoire of stock phrases but it happens that often that I wonder if anyone bothered to read, let alone edit, his manuscript. Even the characters, human and alien alike, start saying "the fact that" and "given that" by about half way through the book. It happens that often that I began to wonder if it was some sort of joke.
Aside from the poorly written nature of this series, the one thing that annoyed me more than anything else was this: the Saurons live a long time. Every so often they die and a "nymph" takes their place, inheriting its ancestors' memories. One of the Sauron characters does some ground breaking research near the end of this book and discovers how to allow Saurons to have more than one nymph. From that I deduce that under normal circumstances, Saurons only have one nymph.Read more ›
Earth's teeming millions--at least the ones in Washington and Guatemala--have been decimated by the alien invasion on Feb 28, 2020. The surviving humans are either crazy environmentalists, psycho racists, unwashed slaves, or leaders of the resistance.
Time is running out as the aliens' metamorphosis approaches, when they must die hatching the next generation. The rebel humans and aliens discovered the secret in the last book, now they have their chance to exploit it. Their approach is three-pronged: destroy the birth-fluid factories, destroy the temples housing the birth chambers, and kill any remaining Suaron guards.
William Dietz profiles cardboard versions of humanity and demonstrates how much luck and little basis in reality can lead to total victory. The aliens who were quite fierce in the beginning fall like wheat cut by the scythe of a tiny, untrained rebel force. Though an uncannily vague character and race study, the plot remains an confusing conglomerate of scene changes, action sequences, and impossible coincidences even as the characters feel as though they are part of your life--like the drunk uncle you wish would stop showing up at your birthday party.
The Saurons are divided into three classes: the black rulers, Zin, the brown warriors, Kan, and the white workers, Fon. They have likewise divided the surviving natives in their control, with the blacks as overseers, the browns as artisans, and the whites as grunt labor. Alexander Franklin, the former black governor of Washington state, has been selected by the Saurons as the President of the USA. Although an arrogant and manipulative politician, Franklin has grown into the job and is now the de facto leader of the Human Resistance.
The Resistance has weathered a major crisis: the White Rose, a racialist group, has attacked Franklin's headquarters and, although driven off, have killed Jina, Franklin's wife. Worse, Jina was killed by the sister of Jack Manning, head of Franklin's security detail.
Meanwhile, the Ra 'Na, alien slaves of the Saurons, have created their own resistance group and even the Fons have started to rebel.
Now Franklin reaches out to the aliens and other human groups to form a common front. Unfortunately, the Saurons have an informer in his camp and they assassinate one leader and take another into captivity. Moreover, the local slaves are divided and 75% of them are taken from the main camp to reduce the Resistance's effectiveness. And then the Saurons initiate an assassination attempt against Franklin.
This is not a very sophisticated novel, resembling Saturday matinee movie serials in both plot and characters.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is the second and last book of the series that started with Deathday.
It is an easy read with enough plot twists to keep you interested. Read more
This has to be one of the worst science fiction books ever written. The plot and the characters are pathetic. Read morePublished on March 6 2004
I bought this book because I bought the first book (yeah, I know not a real good excuse). You have the evil Sauron, which are basically beetles on steroids, The Ra Na, which a... Read morePublished on May 24 2003 by A Customer
I had thought DEATHDAY was the worst sci-fi book ever written until I read the conclusion. The story could be compelling (alien invasion, resistance) but it devolves into a clumsy... Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2002 by Avid Reader