- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Pocket (August 1, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671695320
- ISBN-13: 978-0671695323
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 119 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,694,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I liked how this book got me thinking about just what it would take to colonize another planet.
I hear about colonizing mars, and living in a bubble, but the thrill of an adventure like starting a new earth on a planet that no other human had ever set foot on would be just so far away from the experience that most people would ever have in their life that it is hard to imagine. They did take a lot of technology which helped make the colonization much easier than the colonizing of America, but that did not detract from the story at all.
I enjoy Larry Niven's writing style - it is light, without an overwhelming amount of detail, yet I am never left wondering what the scene look like. This gives me the opportunity to imagine it for myself. I've read several of his other science fiction books, and I like the way he makes the science fiction adhere to the rules of Physics and does not make you stretch to believe the possibility of the story.
All in all, I enjoyed it enough that I have purchased the sequel.
I read this book for the first time in 2012, so it holds up fantastically. In some ways it reminds of of the movie Alien, but with more wonder, and more character build up.
I always hate writing anything specific about the story itself, why spoil it for it you? At this point, if you know who Niven and Pournelle are, and you like their work, then I think it's safe to say that this is one of their best works, and you should read it.