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Maximum Ice

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  192 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Zoya Kundara has lived on the space vessel Star Road for two hundred fifty years. As its Ship Mother, kept alive in a state of pseudoimmortality, she has provided wisdom and counsel to succeeding generations of its crew, self-exiled survivors of earth’s great plague.

But now, to escape the ravages of space radiation, the giant starship has returned to earth, only to discov
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 29th 2002 by Spectra
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Andy Coleman
Nov 10, 2015 Andy Coleman rated it liked it

The premise of this book is intriguing, but unfortunately it takes a while to get there. A ship, carrying refugees from an older version of Earth, return to their home world to see it has been covered in "ice", which is actually a crystalline structure. There are pockets of humanity left but the world is pretty much uninhabitable. But where there are humans, there are politics, and the leading organization is a group of "nun" that are devoted to science (and the "ice") inst
Apr 09, 2016 Nina rated it really liked it
For me, this is one of Kenyon's best. I enjoy all her books. Her skill in world building, creating interesting and unique yet plausible ecological settings is wonderful. The protagonist of Maximum Ice is a warm, strong-willed yet selfless and memorable woman on a quest to save a world and a people and whose personal story will tug the heart, particularly at the end. A rich story of intrigue on an Earth unrecognizable due to an ecological disaster. Minor characters are also very well portrayed wi ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Derek rated it liked it
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
I struggled through the first half of the book, for reasons still unclear but possibly related to the treatment of the Star Road's internal politics or perhaps the wishy-washy weakness of the ship captain as grapples with the insubordination of his crew and his own moral quandries. The pace picks up considerably when Zoya Kundara leaves the ship behind to adventure and explore the Ice-covered surface and the strange society that exists. I had expected the story to be primarily an adventure, whic ...more
Dec 01, 2015 morbidflight rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, dystopia, storybundle, poac
I kept having flashbacks to Lirael when the sisters of clarity were described (as in, I was reminded of the Clayr and their glacier). I like zoya's characterization a lot and her essential problem was thought-provoking.
Bob Caroti
May 12, 2015 Bob Caroti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was VERY readable and enjoyable! I new premise with space travelers returning to an earth far from what they knew. Characters were well threshed out and meshed together well. Nothing like the Rose or any of her other books but she did good!
Feb 13, 2016 Kris rated it liked it
Took a long time to come together, but satisfying in the end.
Oct 01, 2015 Sandy rated it liked it
I liked the story, for the most part. I didn't "get" the motivations of a lot of the characters, though. The little land that's left is going to be GONE in a matter of weeks...why would anyone be desperate to plow ahead without understanding what going on first? I hated that the idea that the Gypsies were carriers of the disease was never followed up on; were we supposed to assume it was propaganda that Swan had believed but wasn't true? The ending was gratifying, and the premise was an interest ...more
Jay Hendricks
Mar 01, 2008 Jay Hendricks rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans
Shelves: sci-fi
The time is many many thousands of years in the future when a ship of gypsies has returned to the earth to find it mostly covered in a white crystalline substance. Enter a changed world where religion doesn't fit except for the returnees and a super computer trying to solve problems which have no solution. A triffel slow at times, there are still plenty of good ideas buried in this book which can leave ya reading at a good pace to find out what odd thing will occur next.
Karen Ireland-Phillips
This generation ship meets post-apocalyptic culture tale honestly took me more than one try to get into. The reward was ultimately worth the effort, although the story itself suffers from the attempt to cover so many science fiction tropes: first contact, ai, post-apocalypse, authoritarianism, survivalism, (big breath). generation ships, and cultural preservation.
Apr 16, 2016 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Although the story was a little slow at points, I enjoyed it as much as I enjoy most of Kenyon's books. This is a dystopia / science fiction and has the usual array of memorable characters created with Kenyon's usual skill. The tech parts are a little fuzzy though.
Feb 05, 2016 Roy rated it liked it
Didn't rock my world, but certainly enjoyable.
Jul 18, 2016 lluke rated it liked it
Written a bit like a screen play. Slow at first, but builds and I think delivers pretty well.
D.L. Morrese
Apr 28, 2012 D.L. Morrese rated it liked it
An imaginative story but lacking believability and compelling characters.
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Kay Kenyon is a fantasy and science fiction author living in Eastern Washington. Watch for her new series from Saga Press in winter 2016! A dangerous game of spycraft set in 1936 England, amid the bloom of psychic abilities.

Her latest novel is Queen of the Deep, a fantasy about a young actress who opens the door to a Renaissance kingdom which is also an enchanted ocean liner. She is also the auth
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