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Hidden Empire

por Kevin J. Anderson

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Series: Saga of Seven Suns (1)

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In the distant future humans are one of only three known intelligent species. One of the others, the Klikiss, has inexplicably vanished. But they left behind extraordinary technology that allows humankind to form new suns from gaseous planets. The first experiment is a success, but it quickly becomes clear that humans have awakened a wrathful, previously unknown species.… (más)
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Interesting start on first book of a series, looking forward to reading the next book in the series Of this War between such different species ( )
  DanJlaf | May 13, 2021 |
World building as a replacement for character development.

Good novels are composed of three elements, plot, character and setting. The more these three elements are used to build on each other, the better the novel. Some novels with really great settings can overcome a pedestrian plot - Feed for example. Occasionally, a novel will find a way to dispense with one of these elements altogether by making one of the others overwhelmingly strong. You might say it's not really important why the cannibal is eating the leg of that guy in a world where everyone is dying and there is no food; that character is at the end of The Road you might say.

And that brings you to this book which takes exactly this tact, using world building in place of character development. World building because it feels wrong to somehow describe the complexity of what is introduced with a term as pedestrian as setting. And in place of character development since each of the Hamiltonianesque cast of characters comes fully realized with a impenetrable shell that no plot development will dent or change. They all are sort of forced to act the way they do precisely because the setting is so restrictive that they are not allowed to do anything else. This is the crux of matter as to why such a creative outing is so underwhelming in the end. No one is allowed the freedom to have insight or to solve a problem, develop a quirk or do anything remotely human. So the characters are remote and unappealing.

This was one of the deal of the day books I got from Audible and I love that I'm getting introduced to some novels I would never spend the money on at full price. But I certainly wouldn't buy any of the many followup volumes in this series even at the discounted price as a quick scan of the plots on Wikipedia show that the character problem is almost certainly not solved. Or if they do its over a geological timescale that my gnat-like attention span simply cannot grasp. ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
This is indeed a large and very well written book. Unfortunately, after having read it I do not get the satisfied feeling that I would have expected. Instead I get a feeling that there was too much text and too little actual story. Actually it is not that there is no story. There is a lot of it in fact. But the author painstakingly goes on and on with details, interactions between people etc. etc. and nothing really happens for long periods of time. The entire book is more or less just an introduction to the actual story.

Each individual piece of the book is very good in itself but, surprisingly, when put the pieces together, the whole becomes…not so great. Each chapter is well written and it is actually fun to read but after a while you feel that you are eating a meal which turned into Groundhog Day while you were eating the entrée and you never get to continue to the main course.

When the book finally ends, with no less than five players with their own agenda a no qualms to promote it via deceit and treachery, the stage is set for a true space opera full of scheming, backstabbing and other such despicable activities. I cannot say that this is exactly my cup of tea. Having said that, there is also ample opportunity for action since a brutal war is looming at the horizon. If the next book is in the same style as this one I am afraid that the actual action will take a back seat though.

The story itself is quite compelling, to me at least, and holds quite a lot of promise. Thus I am quite hesitant to give up on the series even though I did not get the satisfaction out of this book as I hoped. In any case I rarely give up on a book series unless it turns out to be real crap. I will not dive into the next one right away though. I need a fix of some easier to read literature before I dig my eyes into the next on in this series. ( )
  perjonsson | Jun 10, 2019 |
2-3 stars for me. This is … space fantasy? A space epic? I wouldn't call it scifi, and it reminds me of Star Wars (although more thought was put into it). The writing had some seriously weak moments, large plot elements were predictable, and, the worst, all characters were clearly good or evil. It was never phrased like that, but c'mon. Seriously, that's no fun.

I liked the backstory, the different types of human and alien settlements (and of course the Roamers, which are clearly the coolest. But again, they're meant to be the coolest, meh). The story was, well, ok. ( )
  _rixx_ | Aug 30, 2018 |
I enjoyed this story. It stands out as a good example of "space opera": an epic tale in the future, with an interplanetary setting, wide in scope as told by a web of personal relationships. Anytime I put the book down for a while and picked it back up, I found the opera part a bit of a drag and often asked the question, "Now wait, who's that?" But the world building is primo. Yes, it is soft sci-fi because of Theroc's "green priests" who are able to commune with the trees and communicate telepathically across space when touching a treeling. Yes this solves the FTL (faster than light) communication problem, but via tree hugging, really? Points for originality on that but minus points for credibility. Give me an ansible. :) ( )
  Darrell.Newton | Dec 27, 2017 |
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In the distant future humans are one of only three known intelligent species. One of the others, the Klikiss, has inexplicably vanished. But they left behind extraordinary technology that allows humankind to form new suns from gaseous planets. The first experiment is a success, but it quickly becomes clear that humans have awakened a wrathful, previously unknown species.

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