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Coyote Mass Market Paperback – November 25, 2003
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But not an altogether satisfying one. Steele sets the stage nicely, but he doesn't take his ideas far enough. Both the world and the story seem... undercooked. We are constantly reminded that "Coyote is not Earth," but the differences are basically superficial: the trees and birds look different, the seasons are longer, and so on. There is only one dangerous native species, and after one encounter, they learn how to keep it at bay. With a blank canvas to play with, Steele paints Coyote as too safe and familiar; it's as if the settlers landed in Australia rather than an alien planet. I expected more.
The same incompleteness applies to the colonists and their story. The group has their inevitable conflicts and setbacks, but those too are relatively tame. The social dividing lines are clear, but the expected power struggle fizzles out harmlessly. You never genuinely fear for the well-being of the colony.
Bottom line, I enjoyed Coyote enough to order the sequel. However, I can't help feeling that if Steele had just taken it a bit farther, made the world more exotic, developed the characters, heightened the tension, that this could have been a great story rather than a decent one.
Allen Steele has previously used themes similar to the near space frontier works of Arthur C. Clarke. Coyote, however, echoes several themes in Robert A. Heinlein's works, including the Second American Revolution and the theft of a starship by political refugees.
The title says Coyote is a novel of interstellar exploration, but it is really a story of a great trek across 46 light years to settle a planet -- OK, a satellite -- in another solar system. Much of the novel concerns the trials and tribulations of two adolescents: Wendy and Carlos. In this sense, Coyote is a coming of age story much like Heinlein's juveniles.
The story starts with the theft of the United Republic Service Ship Alabama by some of its crew and a group of "dissident intellectuals" fired from the Federation Space Agency. Since the ship can cruise at only .2c -- 2/10ths of light speed -- the trip will take 230 years earth time.
After the escape, one crew member -- Comtech Leslie Gillis -- is awakened from biostasis and is not allowed by the ship's AI to return to this preserving state. Gillis spends the next 32 years as the only awakened person on the Alabama. Sometimes sane and other times mad, Gillis leaves behind some mural paintings, an epic novel and a mysterious note.
Upon reaching Coyote, the crew and passengers are awakened from biostasis, encounter the mural and novel (and note), and are much puzzled.
Coyote is habitable, of course, yet greatly different from Earth. The colonist find much strangeness and danger, but are able to adapt.Read more ›
It just isn't a coherent book. For instance, the passenger who awakes during the cyro sleep spends his 30 years writing a novel. I thought, ok, he's going to be a prophetic type figure who gives them some warning about what their life will be like on Coyote. Other than naming one of the native species, that whole section of the book had no bearing on the rest of the book.
Likewise, when one of the teens takes off on his own (considering adults weren't safe travelling in groups, the odds of a teen surviving on his own seems remote) he runs across a sentient life form. I thought that the author was going to get into some kind of interspecies relations, but outside of stealing a few pieces of equipment the natives had no further involvement in the story.
The book ends with a major, unresolved conflict, obviously setting you up to buy the next book. I've gotten through about a quarter of the next book and it doesn't deal with the conflict, it is based on new colonists to Coyote and a cult leader.
There is some potential to the book, but very little is followed up on.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't think I could enjoy old science fiction this much. It was very simple but quaint. Very easy to read and hard to put down because of the ability of the author to bring... Read morePublished 28 days ago by canalpilot
This may be a personal issue, but when an author does illogical things, it turns me off from the story, no matter how good the rest of the book may be. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dave Bedini
Very good book love the idea behind it wish I could go there.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was pretty disappointed with this book. Apparently it started life as a series of magazine articles, if so then that might explain the way the book is chopped up into three... Read morePublished 8 months ago by M. Hoyt
This book could have been a masterpiece had Mr. Steele slowed down and did his research. The writing seemed to be rushed especially toward the last few pages. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mike Shearman
This was very different from my usual reads. No Marines, no naval battles in space, no detectives in space, just a good old fashioned tale of discovery. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Shane C. Pruyne