Author: Nancy Kress
Humankind has expanded out into interstellar space using star gates-technological remnants left behind by an ancient, long-vanished race. But the technology comes with a price. Among the stars, humanity encountered the Fallers, a strange alien race bent on nothing short of genocide. It’s all-out war, and humanity is losing.
In this fragile situation, a new planet is discovered, inhabited by a pre-industrial race who experience “shared reality”-they’re literally compelled to share the same worldview. A team of human scientists is dispatched-but what they don’t know is that their mission of first contact is actually a covert military operation.
For one of the planet’s moons is really a huge mysterious artifact of the same origin as the star gates . . . and it just may be the key to winning the war.
This was mostly a weird read. The concept of “Shared-Reality” was a little confusing and mostly too “alien” to me for it to real catch on as a concept that was possible.
Sure, Science Fiction doesn’t have to be even remotely possible, but I find myself more drawn into novels that contain concepts/technologies that rooted with plausible science, the shared reality concept wasn’t really, to me, conveyed in that way.
Along with that I also found myself not liking or disliking any characters all the way through, leading me through the book as more of a casual observer than a true experience, which was a real let down.
Will I be reading the next part? The answer is yes, but I’m in no real hurry to do so. Will I be reading more Nancy Kress, definitely!