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Watts is investigating monsters. Gigantic deep sea monsters, surgically-altered-from-human monsters, faceless jellied-brain computer monsters--which monsters are human, which are more than human, which are less? Watts keeps the story line stripped down to showcase the theme of dehumanization. The anonymous millions who live along the unstable shore of N'AmPac come under threat (a triggered earthquake, and perhaps a disaster that's slower but even more pitiless) from their own dehumanized creations. But Watts is less interested in whether Lenie can save the dry world as in whether she can save herself. In Starfish, Watts stretches the boundaries of humanity up, down, and sideways to see whether its dimensions reveal anything we'd be proud to be a part of. --Blaise Selby
A good story, but i think i may need to read the squeal because i felt that this entire book was meant to be a setup for an entire series of books. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
interesting story by a good story teller. too bad he is persona non grata in the usa. bioengineered fish people, gel computers, nuclear weapons, world plague, etc. Read morePublished 9 days ago by m k
Classic Peter Watts dystopian scifi, this time from the bottom of the ocean. The protagonist, Lenie Clarke, is one of the more memorable (anti)heroes you will find, and Watts... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. T. Gotsick
The first half of the book is not as concise or well-crafted as the second. Well worth the effort of getting through the book though.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
At the time I originally read this, back in 2010, Starfish was my first sci-fi outing in quite some time (at the time of reading)and was my first Peter Watts novel. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Doppelganger
I really struggled with the completely unlikeable cast of characters and their overwhelming emotional baggage.
Why four stars, though, given that? Read more
This book is terrible. Although significantly less terrible after finding out there's a sequel. First off there is quite a bit of jumping, whether it be between points of view or... Read morePublished 15 months ago by j.pittard
I don't give out 5-star ratings lightly. This one definitely earned it. Peter Watts has created a stunning piece blending genetics, marine biology, psychology, and so much more... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jennifer