Orphans Of Earth Mass Market Paperback – Dec 13 2002
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I am not going to talk about the specifics of the story (You can certainly get plenty from the previous reviews) I just want to share my feelings on how much I enjoyed it. Dix and Williams may be my favorite authors. The characters are a joy to spend time with. The interactions between them are fantastic and realistic and I found myself voiceing my own opinions out loud as if I were in the room with the characters and needed to add my 2 cents to their conversations. Anytime I can get pulled into a story like that, I know I have found masters of weaving a great story. The perils that our group of humans are faced with are quite troublesome and yet their curiosity (and mine) remains strong even when faced with the possibility of thier extinction.
The worse part of this book was finishing it and knowing that I have to wait another year to conitnue the story. Fortunately, I knew that they were releasing a Star Wars trilogy (of which there is only about a month wait between books). I am about half way through the first of the Force Heretic series and the Dix/Williams style is shining through.
Now, if we can just convince them to bring us another trilogy in the Evergence Universe...I'd love to know more about the Dato Bloc and the High Humans!
If you haven't read the Evergence Series...buy them today! It's a rollercoaster ride you are sure to enjoy with an ending that caused great debate in my circle of readers.
Probably the thing I liked best about this book though were the characters - they were real. Too many authors nowadays seem to have 'flawed' characters who obsess endlessly about their neuroses and you just want to smack some common sense into them. Instead, Williams and Dix have characters with some doozy of problems, and they way they deal with them are probably no different to the way the average person would deal with them. It makes it so much easier to relate to the characters!
Having stuck with Williams and Dix through the Evergence series (felt a little rough around the edges, although still an extremely good and novel series) I am so glad to see this partnership seriously hitting its stride now. These guys are great and I look forward to reading the final book and any new stuff, especially as so many of my other favourite authors are not producing so much anymore... Thank goodness there are still some excellent SF writers popping up!
To recap, the engram (computer program) explorers/colonists from Earth are spread around space, struggling to hide and survive as the miraculous technological Gifts of the Spinners are followed by the awesome destructive power of the Starfish. Caryl and Peter are trying to organise the colonists and build something for the future, in alternating conflict and concert with Frank, another engram who left Earth before it all went downhill, and a very alien fleet of aliens. Meanwhile, Rob is starting to find evidence that the Gifts might not be all they're supposed to be, while Lucia is making discoveries of her own all alone in space.
Yes, the writing/editing is a bit sloppy at times, and you can only hope that the series as a whole will be worth it in the end. But if "Orphans of Earth" is any guide, this series is definitely worth your time.
What makes "Orphans of Earth" so fascinating, however, also makes it somewhat flawed. The scientific foundations are stronger here than in EVERGENCE, and while it helps establish a very strong sense of reality, it also weighs down the novel a bit. Thankfully, in "Orphans..." the Planck system is pushed in the back to allow more room for character development and a plot that never stops growing in complexity. Still, at times the narrative gets bogged down in insignificant details; at other places the authors seem to end up with completely nonsensical sentences, so over-complicated and obfuscating that one can only hope they were written as such intentionally; and regrettably, the grammar and spell-checking leaves some to be desired as well, especially in the second half. Overall, "Orphans of Earth" is still a thoroughly satisfying read that you will find nearly impossible to put down - but it is also exhausting, and demands strong concentration.Read more ›
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How could I not like this book-- they name a starship after me! Williams and Dix write star-spanning, sense-of-wonder science fiction with a lot of cool stuff in it; exactly the... Read morePublished on March 2 2003 by Geoffrey A. Landis
Orphans of Earth, the second in the Orphans Trilogy, has to be one of the finest novels I have ever read. Read morePublished on March 1 2003 by Excellence
The alien Spinners bestow gifts upon races far less technologically advanced than they are. These presents include a faster than light ship and ftl communication ability. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2003 by Harriet Klausner