Evergence 01 Prodigal Sun Mass Market Paperback – Mar 7 2002
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If I could give this book a 3.5 star rating, I would. It's good but not great, and as another reviewer said, it doesn't have a lot of original ideas. If you like a space opera type of story with a good deal of action, you'll like this book. My problems with it were the cliches of the "all-powerful AI" and the "mysterious warrior". In every dangerous situation that Commander Roche faces, it's either Adoni Cane or The Box that pulls her out of it, through some kind of trick or previously unknown ability. After a while, it starts to read like an episode of one of the newer Star Trek shows, where the characters are put in seemingly impossible situations, but are really not in very much danger at all, because it becomes obvious that either Cane or The Box will always come through and save her.
The ending of the book, especially for the first in a trilogy, was a little too much of a "happy ending" for me.Read more ›
It is an enjoyable mix and I had no trouble blazing through the book. However, it doesn't really have an original idea. The AI here is simply too powerful (I'm a Vinge fan and to me, really powerful AIs are scary). And, just about everyone we meet is too "nice". Even the nasty types that we meet at the end of the book are just doing their job, and they aren't that nasty either.
I will grant that the authors have done a good job of "universe" creation. Nothing that grabs you while you say "wow!" but still, not bad at all.
There are better books out there (especially "A Fire Upon the Deep") but there are also a large number of worse books. I'm certainly willing to try out book 2.
Morgan Roche is a strong, competent, highly intelligent 'intelligence' officer for the Commonwealth. She has been ordered to transport a brand spanking new generation of AI to headquarters via a highly circutitious route that should 'throw off anyone chasing'. Needless to say, they catch up anyway. Thrown in with an old, sneaky trader, a young mutilated ESPer, a gentically engineered supwerwarrior from the distant past and a smart talking briefcase, Morgan has to escape from the prison planet she just happened to crashland on, and continue her mission.
That all sounds very pat, and it is the basic framework for the story. But its a lot more interesting thatn that, with a lot of plot twists, and a genuinely interesting universe thats guaranteed to keep your attention. Keep in mind that this is the first book in a series, probably a trilogy, and there are some questions raised that will be answered in later books.
Most recent customer reviews
Two aussie up and coming authors write a sci-fi story with Indianna Jones like rolling action. Ideas and depth of culture and science I found most enjoyable. Read morePublished on May 12 2004 by Sean Sweetser
This was where it all began. I was hooked right from the start and I never looked back. After reading this one I went straight on to the second and third books, and loved the... Read morePublished on July 30 2001 by Kelly
Williams and Dix do a superb job with the opening book to their Evergence trilogy. This story involves Morgan Roche, an intelligence operative for the Commonwealth of Empires, a... Read morePublished on July 19 2001 by Robert Mckinney
I have been reading Science Fiction for more than 20 years and not many books have the fast start and enduring stamina that this book does! I could not put this book down. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2000
Was very pleasantly surprised by this book which I borrowed, not expecting much. Wow! Great setting, interesting characters and not predictable at all. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2000 by Hal R. Mcwilliams
This book was a fun romp. Despite the "modern" trammings of an independant AI and a genetically enhanced character, it is basically an old fasioned Space Opera. Read morePublished on June 4 2000 by Mfitz...
A well written book. Fast paced, straight into the action and hard to put down. I can't wait for the sequel, due soon!Published on June 4 2000 by Steve
After reading this book, my first thought was, "When is the next book coming out?" Prodigal Sun is a unique space opera, with many charactes, a complex society, and a... Read morePublished on April 11 2000 by Mistrmind