Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Be advised that this be the second book in the series. While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read the first and keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .
interference (Sue Burke)
Author: Sue Burke
Publication Date: TODAY!! (hardback/ebook)
I loved the first book of this duology so much that I requested book two as soon as I saw it and didn’t even read the blurb. I happily went in blind. Upon completion, there be no disappointment. I loved it. I do suggest ye read book one before tackling this one.
In this book, set over two hundred years after the first, a group from Earth is dispatched to the planet Pax to do a scientific study and to see if contact can be made with the “lost” descendants of the original colony. This leads to ample conflicts between the two groups due to the misunderstandings and assumptions brought by the Earthers regarding gender, intelligence, politics, etc. These scientists were extremely narrow-minded and rather stupid (despite their intelligence) to me way of thinking.
That said, the conflicts did make some interesting reading. This story was more linear then the previous book. There were still awesome intelligent plant systems and lifeforms. There were multiple points of view. What made this book even more fun is that in addition to conflicts on Pax itself, ye also get to see how Earth has changed in the intervening years and I have to admit that it is not for the better. Even Pax has undergone recent troubling changes that need investigation and have long range consequences.
The juxtaposition of the two societies make for some lovely comparisons and conversations about how communities should be run and how human personality traits always seem to get in the way of progress. But these insights don’t get in the way of a great story but rather enhance it. The limitations of biology and function of each species allowed for some fabulous problems that needed to be solved. The points of view from the different species were excellent in showcasing the various issues. And who doesn’t adore Stevland?
Basically this book is as good as its predecessor. It ends with lovely implications but does seem to have wrapped up the series. I sure hope that this is not the last book by Sue Burke though. Arrrr!
So lastly . . .
Thank you Macmillian-Tor/Forge!
Goodreads’ website has this to say about the novel:
Over two hundred years after the first colonists landed on Pax, a new set of explorers arrives from Earth on what they claim is a temporary scientific mission.
But the Earthlings misunderstand the nature of the Pax settlement and its real leader. Even as Stevland attempts to protect his human tools, a more insidious enemy than the Earthlings makes itself known.
Stevland is not the apex species.
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