Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools

eBook - 2002
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Home to generations of humans, the starship Argonos has wandered aimlessly throughout the galaxy for hundreds of years, desperately searching for other signs of life. Now, a steady, unidentified transmission lures them toward a nearby planet, where the grisly remains of a former colony await the crew. Haunted by what they have seen, the crew has no choice but to follow when another signal beckons the Argonos into deep space--and into the dark heart of an alien mystery...

"[Russo] is not afraid to take on the question of evil in a divinely ordered universe...This is an ambitious novel of ideas that generates considerable suspense while respecting its sources, its characters, and most important, the reader."-- The New York Times

"A tale of high adventure and personal drama in the far future."-- Library Journal

"Relentlessly suspenseful...full of mystery...very exciting."-- Science Fiction Chronicle
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2002, c2001
Edition: Ace mass-market ed
ISBN: 9781101207987
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Feb 28, 2011

Even though the plot line of a generation ship that is falling apart is interesting, it isn't an original one and unfortunately in this case it never really fleshes out. I kept expecting big, shocking events to take place, but was disappointed to reach the end of the book with nothing much happening. Yes, there are aliens, but the encounters are rather vague and left me wondering just what they were and what their intentions were. Perhaps that was the point, though.

Apr 14, 2010

I enjoyed this book. The setting for this book promised alot: a generation ship that's forgotten its mission; a disabled outcast protagonist; a conflict between the ship-board church/state;and an evil alien menace.

It kind of delivers. Sort of. The generation ship plot falls by the wayside early on; the protagonist's disability isn't mentioned after the first few pages; and the aliens are more "chuffed" than "evil". But the story arc concerning the church works pretty well.

Overall, it reads like a Jack McDevitt novel, but with characters.

(SPOILER: Despite the cover, there are no tractor beams.)

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