Long ago, Earth's terraforming program sent ships out to build new homes for humanity among the stars and found alien life. Now, humans and aliens fight to survive.
What I liked
✅ The human cast were varied, interesting and complex
✅ Immense world-building of alien and far-flung human civilizations
✅ Deeply thought-out themes of interpretations of life, communication, and humanity
What I didn't like
✖ Under the shiny facade of new characters and new worlds, you expected that I wouldn't notice that this was the SAME PLOT as the first novel?
✖ For an over 50-page stretch, there is literally no dialogue
✖ Dual story over different timelines weighted poorly—literally did not care about the Octopus POV
✖ the bad kind of complex—long, tedious and often boring —the second half of the book just dragged on and on
Rating 2/5 ⭐ Genre: Sci-fi Verdict: Disappointing sequel