Planetfall

Planetfall

Book - 2015
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After leading 1,000 colonists to establish a colony on another planet with her lover, Ren, Suh disappears for 20 years, only to return with a devastating secret.
Publisher: New York : Roc, [2015]
ISBN: 9780425282397
0425282392
Branch Call Number: SF NEWMAN, EMMA
Characteristics: x, 320 pages ; 21 cm

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stormy1960
Nov 18, 2017

First of all, I enjoyed this, and rushed to read the next in the series. That said, the ending left me cold. All the clues were there along the way, and when they all slammed together at the end rather than feeling a rush of satisfaction, my response was more "meh". She certainly knows how to string a reader along, in a good way, with what in retrospect is really a lot of detail and flashback explanations of the story line, but satisfying none-the-less.

JCLMeganG Dec 29, 2016

This turned out to be not so much a sci fi novel as a story exploring, in too much detail, one woman's personal struggles with members of her community and the consequences of her disorder. If I had been set up to expect that, I wouldn't have been so disappointed.

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pennypriddy
Aug 07, 2016

I'll keep it short:
Pros:
Really interesting world
Interesting main character with believable anxiety and ocd tendencies
Solid prose

Cons:
Incredibly slow build to unveil the book's central mystery. I got pretty bored at times but kept reading to find out what was going on.
On the flip side, the ending was rushed and had no time to explore the ideas it suddenly raises before its end

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slang123
Mar 31, 2016

A complex character, Ren. I become so involved in her "now" and in figuring out what she is, how she is, I am distracted - no - blinded to the danger to her and to the colony.

As the book ends with catastrophic change only beginning, I assume there is a sequel coming.

My personal annoyance for the "cliffhanger" ending aside, this is a well written story based on an interesting premise. While not breathlessly awaiting said sequel, I did look at the library shelves to see if the author's The Split Worlds series was available, as Newman is a very good writer.

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