Starfish

Starfish

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Physically modified convicts are used in the Pacific for the exploitation of ocean-floor resources without diving equipment. But in the process they have become carriers of a microorganism that could wipe out humanity if they return to the surface.
ISBN: 9780765315960
0765315963
Branch Call Number: WATTS P
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 21 cm

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ra_miller
Feb 14, 2016

Rifters Trilogy Book #1

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gendeg
Jan 20, 2015

So far it seems straightforward enough, but like all good science fiction—forget it, all good literature—it's so much more than just the surface story.

For the nerds out there, the science in this novel is astonishingly well-researched and authoritative, and the speculative potentials are so good, so well considered, and more disturbing than what you get in the usual dystopian sci-fi that has been baked into countless clichés in books and films.

A caveat: If you're a reader who likes to cozy up and relate to your characters, then Watts's work isn't for you. Some books burn hot; this one burns on the cool side. Our "protagonist," Lenie Clarke, is one of the most impressive antiheroes ever created, full-stop. There's a hardened, prickly, and in many cases, off-putting shell to these people. Some of the supporting cast are downright repugnant. These people are aloof, hostile, an embodiment of the social dysfunction in this dismal future where corporations rule and people are cogs in the machine. (Oh wait, that sounds familiar…) Other readers said this kind of had a Blade Runner feel. A very sound comparison.

I'm pretty excited this is a trilogy and I've picked up the next two books. The cliffhanger at the end of this was ridiculous. So I guess I'm binge-reading. Guilty pleasures, people.

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Quetzlzacatenango
Aug 15, 2013

Interesting ideas put forth with some scientific basis although I use the term loosely as the author doesn't seem very skeptical. Fairly poor execution as the story is prodded along by the relative psychoses of the characters until it's revealed near the end that the world may be doomed because of them. Peripheral characters from the beginning are all of a sudden brought back near the end for almost no reason. When the author tries to be subtle and mysterious he ends up just being vague. Still, there's something about his descriptions of underwater life and the sci-fi of the cyborgs (although they somehow seem to move at the bottom of the ocean as fast as they could on land) to keep interest so I'll give the sequel a try.

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bdd
Mar 12, 2013

Totally and completely hooked me. (Now I'm jonesing for the sequel, but have to wait while epl orders it in!!)
A dark vision of a future which is nearly here.

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ZedEh
Apr 02, 2008

An intense, tightly written work of hard science fiction set deep underwater in the near future. Very dark, but it's the first book in years I COULD NOT put down until I was finished.

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