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Five generations ago a renegade band of star voyagers fled their home planet. Looking back, they saw a terrible sight - their world twisted, misshapen, destroyed by the incalculable blast of their untried star drive, fired too close to home!
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Eos (first published 1995)
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It is always a pleasure to read a new take on the space-op theme of return home.

In this novel, a sense of culpability and responsability mingled with daring curiosity motives descendants of settlers to return to their wasted (by the fault of their ancestors warp-drive test run) homeworld. There Lian and fellow travelers return, to discover that a society did indeed survive... under the strict rule of the Isk'dar, an a stern young woman bent on salvaging the ancients artifacts, and managing the
Roddy Williams
Sinclair’s debut novel is at first daunting, since its structure consists of a dual timeline, in that, in alternate chapters we are taken through events on one planet, while examining the events which led up to this point on another planet entirely. (Pohl’s ‘Gateway’ and Sturgeon’s ‘Venus Plus X’ employ the same device to a certain extent.) Also, Sinclair’s writing is deceptively simple, since much depends on the subtle interaction of characters.
In this novel we are dealing with two alien races
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A complex and multilayered work, with a well-written disabled protagonist, several carefully-constructed societies and meaty themes of responsibility and loss. It reminded me in some respects of C. J. Cherryh's work, with its lucid intelligence and the emotional distance between reader and book. Not an easy read, but a haunting and rewarding one.
a bit weak really. Didn't find any of the characters very believable and much of the story pretty dull. However, the overall concept was good and I finished it in the end.
Jason Case
This book was too long to make the point although well written it oculd have been 100 pages shorter.
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