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Diving into the Wreck (Diving Universe #1)

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  1,097 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews
She loves to dive historical ships, derelict spacecraft found adrift in the blackness between the stars. Sometimes she salvages for money, but mostly she's an active historian. She wants to know about the past--to experience it firsthand. Once she's dived the ship, she'll either leave it for others to find or file a claim so that she can bring tourists to dive it as well. ...more
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I give this one good marks for capturing some of the illusion of the “right stuff” held by the heroes of classic sci fi portrayals of spacefarers. As revealed by Tom Wolfe in his account of the U.S. space race, the prototype is the test pilot Chuck Yeager, who was laconic, a self-reliant loner, brave in a matter of fact way, and a stickler for details. The lead character in this tale, known simply as Boss, fits this profile in a female form. In her first-person narrative told in present tense, w ...more
Feb 18, 2012 Felicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
OH YAY THIS ISN"T A ROMANCE BOOK! It is, however, a very interesting Sci-Fi tale with extremely interesting world-building and a strong female protagonist. I feel like this book is pretty singular in NOT having a big romance arc.
Basically the main character is a space ship wreck diver, and the peril with which she infuses the dive sequences is more than worth the price of admission here. Haven't seen this much tension infused in a scene the same way since I saw The Abyss for the first time, just
Mike (the Paladin)
Look for you who like this book, I'm sorry. I wanted to like this one, it sounded so good.

In my opinion what we have here is another case of great idea, poor execution. The "hook" here is that our protagonist is a wreck diver. She travels through space looking for derelict or abandoned ships. She then explores them of claims them...sometimes she leads tourists on tours through them.

Okay sounds good huh? The thing is... Well there are several things. I got almost halfway through the book (which i
Dec 03, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kinda like the movie Event Horizon, a supposedly horror movie about a missing ship. It has a pretty good cast. A couple British actors you know from Masterpiece or the Harry Potter movies, a couple of American actors you know from TV, Sam Neil, and Laurence Fishborne. It should have been a very good movie. The idea was good, a supposedly haunted or possessed spaceship. In fact, the movie was good until the writers decided they need to kill just about everyone off in really stupid ways. It's a ...more
The Flooze
Mar 28, 2010 The Flooze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Diving into the Wreck is comprised of three novellas following a single character through a series of startling discoveries. Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s writing style is very straight-forward and matter-of-fact. She’s efficient in her sentence structure, perfectly reflecting her narrator‘s methodical nature. Despite this lack of elaborate prose, she manages to convey the sense wonder with which her main character (named simply Boss) approaches her work. She's also adept at portraying the dee
Simcha Lazarus
Apr 08, 2010 Simcha Lazarus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I have been an avid fantasy reader for most of my life, it’s only recently that I’ve begun reading science fiction, and those have been mostly older classics. But after reading a couple of interesting reviews of Kristine Rusch’s Diving into the Wreck, I decided that it was time to expand my horizons and try some more modern SF. I also have no experience with SF space adventures- I've never even watched a single episode of Star Track or any of the Star Wars films- so this was my opportunity ...more
Carolyn  Storer
Boss is a loner - she seeks out old ships to dive, not to loot, but for its historical value. She also prefers her own company and doesn't really interact with people or have any friends. When she finds a space ship that is five thousand years old, human made and shouldn't be in this sector of space, she groups together a team to help her explore the ship.

Her interactions with her crew are somewhat cold and matter-of-fact, as is her narration. There's no warmth or show of emotion, to her fellow
Have to say I was disappointed with this one. I love KKR's Retrieval Artist series of SF mystery novels.

Not sure if it was done on purpose for some obscure reason, but I was mildly irritated that our main character is never named and barely described. Even when she meets up with her father (after many years of separation), even when a total stranger seeks her out in a bar to do business, she is never named. The back of the book calls her "Boss", but that isn't her name, some of the crew she hir
Jan 15, 2010 Stefan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Diving into the Wreck is a short but excellent science fiction novel by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, who has also written extensively in fantasy, mystery and romance, and is the former editor of the prestigious Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

The main character of Diving into the Wreck, who goes by the name "Boss," is a specialist in the exploration of derelict space ships. Accompanied by a team of specialists, she goes into these abandoned vessels, in a process that is very similar to deep s
Mar 28, 2012 Bookbrow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Judging a book by it's have seen this kind of cover before, the babe in a skin tight suit in some space craft, the slanted font with red in a back to the future kind of style, hinting of a military sci fi kind of story. Well one could draw that conclusion with Diving the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. I am glad to say that the book was much more than the cover presented, a novel in three parts with a interesting premise of space divers who salvage wrecks, it has that familiarity of ...more
Sherwood Smith
This was one of those books that I wanted to be something else. I like tough heroines, but Boss was just so tough, so monotone and distant, often summarizing rather than interacting, that I gradually lost interest, especially when the diving scenes peeled off characters but didn't really seem to add up to much.

I was wildly curious about the room of lost souls, but as the mystery was solved, it became less and less interesting. Boss's family dynamic was probably the most intriguing bit of the nov
R. Alexander
Jun 23, 2010 R. Alexander rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
When I first saw the concept of the novel, I instantly fell in love with it: Wreck diving in space? Awesome!

But as I got into it, I found that while the story was good, the execution of it started putting me off. Not so much as to stop reading but enough where I stopped enjoying it.

My main issues with the novel are mostly related to the protagonist. Since it was a 1st person POV novel (not usually my favorite POV to be honest) we sent the entire time in her head and the problem with it was she b
Paige Ellen Stone
Superb stuff and a very seductive beginning to a trilogy. It's been around a while but it is a fine piece of work by a very prolific (several pseudonyms) author. The lead character is a woman of few words, some complexity and infinite intrigue. Rusch's manner of taking us through the on-going self-doubt, self-confidence and self-discovery of this lead character is intriguing, well-written, and, for me, irresistible.
This is a space opera, set far in the future and far away from earth. All of the
Melissa McShane
Kristine Kathryn Rusch's books fill a very specific niche in my reading--serious SF, a little bleak, with some fascinating explorations of alien mindsets. In this case, it's not so much aliens as humans she's exploring, but the central idea is that some humans can think and do things that might as well be alien to everyone else. This novel was constructed from two stories Rusch published in Asimov's, but you can't see the seams. (I think Rusch is a far better short story writer than novelist, an ...more
Aug 22, 2011 ms.pointy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Very start-and-stop narration; hard to get into it since there was no flow--and lots of repetition of plot points (protagonist makes a decision, explains it to her crew who parrot it back to us/her; v trying). The author is going for the hard-boiled, first person narration, and only partly succeeds; it's hard-boiled, I guess, but it's also stuffed full of one- & two-dimensional characters whose motivations seem linked only to moving the plot forward. Hard-boiled characters can be inexplicabl ...more
Randy Mccallum
A book from the author of one of my favorite series, the Retrieval Artist series, this book starts another sci fi series focused on people that 'dive' derelict space ships- some for the money involved and some for their historical significance. I enjoy how the author explains the difficulties of wreck diving, how a sharp edge can cut your suit and kill you, to ancient technologies that no one understands. I also like how Earth and technologies from Earth are long forgotten and current technologi ...more

Science fiction as a genre has always been based on what if. What if we brought a man back to life? What if we gave a computer control of a space station? What if robots had the ability to reason? Diving Into the Wreckis very much in this tradition, askingwhat happens when we start to forget technology? Kristine Kathryn Rusch's answer is: nothing good. Refreshingly old school, Wreck calls to mind the horrors of cramped space craft, the bleakness of space,
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 04, 2012 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This book was incredibly hard to put down. Kristine Kathryn Rusch does an excellent job of building atmosphere—an interesting accomplishment considering the book is set almost entirely in space. The main character, known only as Boss, finds and explores (and sometimes later exploits with semi-guided tours) space derelicts. The action of the novel centers on relics that are, for some reason or another, "impossible"—relics that couldn't, rationally, be where or what they are.

While reading it, I ke
Jan 17, 2012 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is close to a hard sci-fi book. It is an interesting cross between Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space series and Jack McDevitt's Alex Benedict novels. While good, it's more superficial than either of those works, which leaves a bit to be desired.

There are tons of old wrecks of space ships and stations around, and "divers" to exploring them, sometimes for money, sometimes for history, and sometimes just for the thrill. Over the past 5,000 years, humanity has created all manner of dangerous
Dec 29, 2009 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won’t lie, this is precisely the kind of book for me. I love derelict spaceships. It also so happens I love science fiction that incorporates both historical and mysterious elements. The discovery of ancient alien civilizations, the uncovering of here-to-fore unknown knowledge, and the recovery of lost technological wonders are all elements of story that I get consistently excited about. In a sense Diving Into the Wreck manages to cover all those bases (well, the “alien” bit requires a bit of ...more
Jul 28, 2012 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Diving into the Wreck, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is a novel that grew out of a couple of Reader's Choice Award-winning novellas published in Asimov's. I liked it fine. It's about a woman (called only 'Boss') who dives wrecked spaceships, largely for historical interest. The book is really focussed on the dangers of those dives, playing up the tension pretty effectively. This is not science fiction where people happily don spacesuits a
May 29, 2013 J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I'm not sure why the low rating (3.45) for this one, I found the story very interesting. At one point it seemed like the story ended and another began, I was afraid I was going to learn that Diving the Wreck was a collection of novellas, but the two stories came back together later on.

Perhaps the low rating comes from the lack of closure, this book is a pretty obvious kick off for a series, but I feel like all the relevant events were brought to a close. I will definitely be listening to more of
2 stars look really bad, but "it was ok" is truly how I feel about this.

My expectations might have been totally off. I read a positive review that indicated it had a lot of elements I love - action, new/interesting setting, and a good plot with great characters. In actuality, I found very little action and a great deal of internal, mostly repetitious monologue. I forced myself to finish, only mildly interested in what would happen to either the narrator or in the plot.

I was never drawn into the
Reading this aloud, with the husband, hence the slow-going. It's not compelling enough to make us pick it up with any regularity, though it's good enough that, unlike China Mieville's Un Lun Dun, it hasn't left us cold halfway through.

I've no doubt we'll finish, and probably enjoy it when we have done, but for now, it sits neglected and waiting.

Finished it. Underwhelmed. The setup for the next book was entirely too heavyhanded, and I've decided that there simply isn't anybody in the whole book I
D.L. Morrese
A young woman explores wrecked spaceships, discovers ancient stealth technology, and decides the galaxy would be better off without it. It's not really all that bad a plot, but the story is, well, painfully juvenile. I don't mean that in the YA sense. Some YA is quite sophisticated and enjoyable, with intricate plots, great prose, and wonderful characters. This isn't, but then it's not really YA. It's ostensibly adult science fiction. It has spaceships, after all, but there is no subtle social c ...more
Lisa Hall
This is the story of "Boss", a nickname for the main character. She's a wreck diver, which differentiates from being a salvager or a pirate in very subtle ways. Boss loves the history of the old wrecks she finds, loves the mystery and this author gives us a front row seat to Boss and her motivations. If you love a good character read, this is story for you.

Boss comes across a derelict ship. It looks old and the more she looks, the more she realizes what she's got. It's a ancient ship of Earth bu
Oct 02, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised by how much I liked this book. I expected it to be about space pirates and stuff like that. After all, the main character "dives" into abandoned and wrecked spaceships, so it's about a rogue space pirate pillaging for money, right?

I was completely wrong, and that's probably a good thing.

This book is composed of three stories. They are first-person tales from a woman named Boss. She does explore wrecked spaceships, but she's not a pirate. She is interested in preserving history a
Jeff Jellets
Aug 31, 2014 Jeff Jellets rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi

An inspired premise and taunt delivery ... but a bit weak when it comes to the 'big reveal'.

The premise of Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Diving into the Wreck is a great one. The title character is a diver, but instead of plumbing the depths of the oceans, she’s scouring the dark corners of outer space, looking for derelict starships, like a cosmic Robert Ballard (who here on planet Earth discovered the sunken ships Titanic, Bismarck, and Yorktown). It’s a plot point that sucked me into this novel af
Tom Lloyd
Liked it, but it didn't go beyond that - in large part because it wasn't the book I was hoping it would be, and that's clearly not the author's fault!

So I was hoping for a more action/adventure-focused novel that was heavy on the sense of wonder about exploring creepy derelict ships. I was hooked right at the start, it was all shaping up just as I wanted, and then it stopped... The diving itself became incredibly painstaking and slow, then something happened and they stopped their investigating.
Jul 23, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-all-types
I started this with a great deal of trepidation because of the negative reviews and the inability for me to find anyone in my circle who had even heard of it. About five pages in I was so relieved. This has multiple elements that I love all melded together in one fun ride that was a very easy read. I have always been a huge Clive Cussler fan and don't mind how over the top he can be. I read it for the adventure and can overlook the rest. I am also a huge fan of both archaeology and historical sh ...more
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Kristine Kathryn Rusch is an award-winning mystery, romance, science fiction, and fantasy writer. She has written many novels under various names, including Kristine Grayson for romance, and Kris Nelscott for mystery. Her novels have made the bestseller lists –even in London– and have been published in 14 countries and 13 different languages.

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