Westerfeld's (Evolution's Darling) exceptionally smart and empathetic novel, the first of two in a series, confirms the buzz that space opera is one of the most exciting branches of current SF. In an interstellar empire of 80 human worlds, ruled by an emperor who lets selected humans cheat death, tensions between most humans and the resurrected elite, aka the Risen, are increasing. The Rix, a cult of cyborgs who worship compound AI minds, hunger to liberate the empire's worlds from mere human control. When a Rix raiding party captures the emperor's sister, Capt. Laurent Zai of the Imperial Navy must save her. Viewpoint rapidly shifts from character to character and from a vast perspective to an extremely small one-that of the intelligence scouts Zai sends ahead of the rescue mission, nano-machines smaller than insects. Keeping the reader constantly off-balance, Westerfeld skillfully integrates extreme technologies with human characters.
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The emperor, surrounded by his elite of those chosen to become undead, has ruled for 1,600 years, and the empire has become decadent, with the gap between the living and the Risen growing apace. Then the Rix--computer-augmented humans who revere planetary AI--kidnap the child empress on her own planet, Legis XV. Not only does this threaten the emperor's great secret, it is the furthest incursion into imperial space that the Rix have yet made. Captain Laurent Zai is charged to effect the empress' rescue--a dangerous, almost impossible task. Meanwhile, the woman he loves, a senator of the Secularist Party of the living and against the Risen, is enmeshed in the political consequences of the Rix invasion and the preparation for war. It doesn't take long for the Legis XV computers to become a compound mind a la the Rix and fight for survival, too. Westerfeld manages the action impeccably, and he leaves threads of plot hanging for a grand space-opera finale in a promised sequel. Regina Schroeder
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Very good military hard scifi. The setting is unique and engaging. Interesting take on what happens to society when death eternal becomes the life of the rich.Published 21 days ago by Ben
Space opera and human intrigue on par with Dune. I am eager to continue the series, especially since the last scene is one shell of a cliff hanger.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Awesome read, great balance of military, political intrigue and even yes love. many a soldier home from war can empathize with commander Zai broken and adrift in a world that seems... Read morePublished 4 months ago by SSG Daley
My only complaint is that Westerfield stopped at writing just 2 of these books. The story is amazing.Published 8 months ago by Darvin L. Martin
Exactly what I look for in Sci Fi. Space action, political intrigue, and a look into humanity. Great work.Published 8 months ago by Robert W Arena
This book is the first half of the same story. The Killing of Worlds is the finish to the story. I do not believe in giving details on any novel. Read morePublished 9 months ago by White Rhino
This two book series is one of the finest works of science fiction, or literature in general, that I have every read, and I have read it many times. Read morePublished 10 months ago by newmoon_books
I've read quite a lot of science-fiction over the years, both the "classics" and the more modern titles available, both the stand-alone books and the franchise-spanning... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Brian M
a brilliant writer, with an incredibly detailed vision for the future of mankind. I'm so impressed by this story! Awesome!Published 12 months ago by Gary morgan