13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Good hard science fiction with lots of ideas to ponder.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Echoes of Earth (Mass Market Paperback)
Many different possible story lines in this one.
This book could have been exploded into several novels just to get to the point where the story picks up.
1. How the Earth and civilization changed during the 100 years the scouting team took to reach the star system.
2. How the scouting team developed its social and physical interactions.
3. More details on the gifts of the aliens.
Now if you don't like to dig facts out, this is probably not your book. Many aspects will keep you puzzeled until they are finaly revealed in the story line. I happened to like this but you may not. I would definitely say that there are more books coming out to make this into a trilogy because there are still some major questions left unanswered at the end of the book.
And uh, pay no attention the side plot that resembles a famous science fiction movie produced by Stanley Kubrick.
Overall, I liked it very much and I especially like the up-to-date, hard science that was put into the story. And yes, the hero-protaganist is a flawed, passive-agressive person. But it's done well. Buy it! Especially if you like hard science fiction.