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Brightness Reef (The Uplift Trilogy, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1996
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Unlike the first three books in the saga, the second three books DO form a series. The first of this trilogy, "Brightness Reef," picks up with yet another totally independent plotline and brand new characters. However, it does contain a central character who ties the first three books into this set. Unfortunately, Brin doesn't say, specifically, who that character is until the very end of the book. Even worse, the last time the character was used was so far back in the saga that it's hard to remember anything about him. The remaining two books, "Infinity's Shore" and "Heaven's Reach," continue sequentially from the first and form a tightly knit trilogy with no breaks in time.
None of these books is "happy" or "light reading." For the most part, they're all intense, heavily detailed and fully characterized books. "Sundiver" is the least "heavy" and most lacking in the realistic feel of the rest of the books.Read more ›
The bottom line is that the trilogy does indeed continue, and in some ways, conclude, the Streaker saga. So if you have read Startide Rising and want to know wha'happened, it will be worth your while. (And it is a long while into the story before Streaker enters it.)
Book 1 (Brightness Reef) is easily the slowest book in the series as far as plot progression and setup. But Brin certainly has a lot to set up. He introduces an entirely new planet Jijo, on which six different beings (including "wolfling" humans, naturally) have landed illegally for reasons that are different for each species. They live together in uneasy peace, hiding from the rest of Galactic society, and have abandoned Galactic technology. All hell breaks loose when visitors arrive on the planet, and the Jijoans prepare for their day of reckoning. In Book 2 (Infinity's Shore) the ball finally gets rolling full-speed, and Book 3 (Heaven's Reach) provides many satisfying conclusions (and also leaves a lot up in the air).
PRAISE: As usual with Brin's work, the aliens are brilliantly conceived and realized. He uses the interspecies relationships very well, and provides much humor (especially with his villains). The story line, once set, moves right along seamlessly. I had trouble putting Book 2 and 3 down.
CRITICISM: The focus definitely shifts between books. Book 1 is set entirely on Jijo, and the focus is the fate of the Jijoans.Read more ›
David Brin has turned out superior sci-fi in the past; Startide Rising was excellent and The Uplift War was not far behind. Unfortunately these three books do not quite measure up to those previous efforts. While frequently entertaining, they nevertheless suffer from significant faults.
The biggest problem with these books is that they are overlong and plodding. This "trilogy" needed a firm hand at the editor's desk. This story could have been told in a more satisfying way in probably about 60% of the total number of pages Brin used.
Brightness Reef starts us off with a new setting on Jijo and an entirely new cast of characters, which is OK except that Brin takes forever to develop the story and move things along. Consequently, the reader has a hard time feeling a connection with Jijo and the society that Brin paints for us there. Everytime it seems things are beginning to click, Brin goes off on another tangent and fails to bring any urgency to the story. Infinity's Shore delivers more of the same, with perhaps some marginal improvement due to the reappearance of some characters that will be familiar to readers of the prior Uplift books.
By the end of two books, I finally began to feel caught up in the story of Jijo and was looking forward to the concluding volume. So what does Brin do but give us a third book that spends zero time on Jijo. OK, he does still follow the principal characters from the first two books, but he spent an enormous amount of time in those books effectively making Jijo into a character, which he then essentially abandons. Even worse, he sets a frantic pace that despite all the havoc fails to impart much urgency or tension.Read more ›
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A very good writer who really annoyed me with his suspense. Great story, Great Universe he created to write in.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
More awesome Brin, in this fascinating tale of the planet Jijo, Quite "uplifting" with its tale of tolerance and environmental sensibility mixed with fascinating characters... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Scott Simmer
David Brin, alone, is the only contemporary writer who can bring so many species to life in one novel. And his universe: MY GOD. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. Bryant
Stared very slowly for me, but has improved by end of volume one. I do not find using nonEnglish words helpful or adds to the word pictures attempted. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very inventive and makes you think about our current environmental problems and different ways to confront the problem.Published 3 months ago by Kathleen Loring
Excellent book. I rate this author as one of my 5 most favorite. Get the entire trilogy not just the 1 book.Published 4 months ago by Jack Mormin
Re-reading this book from the early 80s, one of the best scifi authors of the past generation.Published 10 months ago by Dan Speegle
Slow. Slow. Slow. David Brin's style of telling you what's going on from oblique angles is on full display here. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer