5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good, bit a bit uneven,
This review is from: Geodesica: Descent (Mass Market Paperback)
The Geodesica series primarily falls into the genre of speculative human evolution -- what forms will humanity take as we evolve. I fell it fits that category more closely than it does the Space Opera genre, which is usually more inclusive of battle and conflict. The Geodesica series is more about exploration and revelation. Throughout the series we deal with various evolved forms of humanity, from the Naturals, to the Palmers, Exarchs, the Archon, and beyond.
As with some of the other reviewers, I'll agree that the first volume (Geodesica:Ascent) was of higher quality led up to expectations that weren't fully satisfied in Geodesica:Descent. This volume has three somewhat independent plotlines: Melilah/Eogan/Deangelis exploring the Geodesica, Horsfall/Elderton/Deangelis plotting a rebellion against the Archon, and yet another aspect of Deangelis remaining isolated in Bedlam. There's no good sense of how these three plotlines are connected, or what the goal of any of them is, at least not until the very end of the story.
In a positive light, I do feel that the ending was better done and more satisfying than the previous trilogy ("Orphans of Earth"...) by the same authors. Altogether it did feel a bit rushed, and I think the exploration of the Geodesica could have been expanded to fill a separate volume in it's own right. I recommend this book to those who've enjoyed Williams and Dix's other novels, and of course those who've read the first volume and need to know how it ends. I look forward to reading these authors in the future, as they always leave you with something to think about.