Generations of humans have called the starship "Argonos" home as it wandered through the galaxy for hundreds of years, desperately searching for other signs of life. An unidentified transmission lures the ship toward a nearby planet where the crew discovers the grisly remains of a colony. Soon, another signal beckons the ship into deep space--and ...Read MoreGenerations of humans have called the starship "Argonos" home as it wandered through the galaxy for hundreds of years, desperately searching for other signs of life. An unidentified transmission lures the ship toward a nearby planet where the crew discovers the grisly remains of a colony. Soon, another signal beckons the ship into deep space--and into the dark heart of an alien mystery.Read Less
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I really, strongly enjoyed this book. This has been my favorite science fiction book I've read, at the very least, in the last 6 months.
While reading the book, the thought that this would make a splendid movie was omnipresent. The fact that this book is science fiction is almost a coincidental thing - more than that, it's a good mystery and an exciting read with lots of different well-written parts, like: a plot worth spending time on, and a mystery you're interested in finding more about; a main character you're both interested in and root for, and surrounding characters that you're interested in and that complement the story; scary parts of the book that are terrifying thoughts more than bloody depictions of violence and gore; interesting discussion of religion without going overboard about it, and discussion of other "big ideas".
That said, there are some bad parts as well. This book, at +/- 350 pages would have been better if it were longer. While the surrounding characters are interesting and well-written, we don't get to see enough of them. Characters come in and are dropped just as quickly. Though, really - the biggest problem with this book is that it reads like a good movie, and not necessarily a good book. I could go further into why, but it will take away from reading the book and being engrossed in the story.
This is solid 4 star science fiction that I wish had been twice as long and it's recommended to any science fiction fan, or anybody interested in an exciting and quick read. This is a book that would be ideal for an airplane (for me).
Publishers Weekly, 2001-01-01 After raising some tantalizing religious issues, Philip K. Dick Award-winner Russo fails to deliver a real climax and leaves the plot unresolved in this initially suspenseful but ultimately disappointing novel. Bartolomeo Aguilera, the story's narrator, gives a haunting picture of life on the Argonos, a starship that is home to generations of humans born aboard her; no one remembers the ship's origins?its birthplace may have been Earth?but it drifts year after year "almost at random through the galaxy," without apparent purpose or goal. Finally the ship lands on an unknown planet. There the crew finds a Dante-esque scene in a chamber located deep within a jungle: "There were hundreds of bones scattered about the floor, strips of decayed flesh, pools and smears of viscous fluid. Just as it was impossible to avoid brushing against the hanging skeletons, so was it impossible to avoid stepping on bone or in thick, sticky liquid as I moved through the room." A mutiny follows. Bartolomeo is imprisoned, but when a mysterious ship, seemingly imbued with evil, shows up, he is released and named leader of an exploration team. Here the book becomes largely static and uninvolving. The hoped-for resolution never occurs, the religious questions remain unexplored, while the ending proves an all-too-familiar shaggy-God story. Perhaps a sequel will supply some answers. (Jan. 9) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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