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City of Ruins (Diving Universe #2)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  443 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Boss, a loner, loved to dive derelict spacecraft adrift in the blackness of space.... But one day, she found a ship that would change everything - an ancient Dignity Vessel - and aboard the ship, the mysterious and dangerous Stealth Tech. Now, years after discovering that first ship, Boss has put together a large company that finds Dignity Vessels and "loose" stealth ...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Pyr (first published January 1st 2011)
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Dec 17, 2014 Michael rated it liked it
This is a satisfying, suspenseful story from a far-future spacefaring human civilization. In this second in a series, our hero, known only as Boss, takes her quest for technology associated with the derelict spaceships of an ancient more advanced human civilization takes her to the caverns and unexplored tunnels beneath a plant’s old city. More than a dozen archeologists have died or disappeared over the years exploring the tunnels, in some cases with rumors of strange mummification of the ...more
Jason Pettus
Jun 15, 2011 Jason Pettus rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, sci-fi
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Whenever I read a book like Kristine Kathryn Rusch's City of Ruins, the latest release from our pals at Pyr, I can't help but to think of that endless roster of thirty- and fortysomething nerds who have cranked out livings over the last couple of decades as writers on weekend genre television shows, stuff
Jul 05, 2011 Stefan rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
One of 2009’s most pleasant surprises was Diving into the Wreck, a short but excellent SF novel by Kristine Kathryn Rusch about Boss, a specialist in the exploration of derelict spaceships. In this first novel, Boss discovered the wreck of a Dignity ship. This remnant of a legendary Fleet contained remnants of the mysterious and dangerous “stealth technology” that could possibly tip the balance of power between the Enterran Empire and a small alliance of independent planets.

In City of Ruins, the
Jun 24, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing
So, as you may or may be aware I was rather a large fan of Diving Into the Wreck. I have a bit of a thing for derelict space ships so it is no small surprise that a sci-fi tale about a character whose job is diving abandoned ships would appeal to me. As it turns out, generally speaking any story that in some way involves Exploration of the Unknown is one that will have my rapt attention. This is a good thing when it comes to City of Ruins which, as you might have guessed by the title, trades in ...more
Jul 13, 2013 Paradoxical rated it really liked it
I went into City of Ruins rather eagerly after finishing the first book of the Diving Universe series. I wanted a bit more mystery, a bit more of Boss's level headedness, a bit more of space and the unknown. What I got left me was a sense of anticipation that burned throughout most of the book and an end that I loved.

Boss and the rest of her crew (new faces and old) are actually planet bound for this book. They're excavating some ruins that one on Boss's team thinks contains stealth technology.
Sep 10, 2012 Саведра rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having utterly and totally loved Diving Into the Wreck, I was thrilled to discover that it was not, as I had erroneously thought, a standalone novel, but rather part of a series. What I loved so much about DItW was the pitch-perfect sense of isolation, claustrophobia, and foreboding that characterized the sequences in which the characters explore long-derelict spacecraft with pernicious, incomprehensible, often fatal technology on board. Those parts of the book scared the hell out of me and gave ...more
Melissa McShane
This sequel to Diving Into the Wreck feels very different, and while I wouldn't say it's a better book, I do think it's more suited to an ongoing series. Where Diving Into the Wreck was a thriller, City of Ruins is science-fiction adventure at its finest.

A few years after Boss (and now it's established that this isn't her name, but a title) and her team discover stealth tech, she's established an organization dedicated to finding Dignity Vessels and securing them so the Empire (which is trying t
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 18, 2012 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, sci-fi
Again, Rusch proves that she can grab your attention and hold it, spellbound, for the length of a novel. This book feels more unified than Diving Into the Wreck as it all takes place in the same location and features the same people. I liked that and I ended up liking the bifurcated narrative as well.

City of Ruins adds a new perspective and alternates more-or-less evenly between Boss and Captain Cooper of the Dignity Vessel Ivoire. This is pleasantly disconcerting, at first, because it's unclear
Peter Tillman
Nov 01, 2016 Peter Tillman rated it it was ok
Eh. Disappointing.
Feb 14, 2012 G33z3r rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Rusch's sequel to "Diving into the Wreck", but not quite as much as the predecessor.

The character known only as "Boss" returns, this time exploring a possible site of stealth technology buried beneath the surface of a planet. She continues to be cautious, deliberate, and methodical in her procedures, which may make the beginning seem a little slow. This is space exploration like NASA, not Buck Rogers. Boss has an expanded team of a few old colleagues and many new specialists to manage
Pascal Richard
Jan 14, 2015 Pascal Richard rated it it was ok
The main character has evolved since the last novel. She has formed a company for studying and disseminate the Stealth technology.

She just set up a large team to investigate a mystery, perhaps related to the technology, but whose epicenter is on an inhabited planet.

The style starts to bore me, I thought it was nice before but now i find it cumbersome.

After a few chapters, the action intensifies and I pay no more attention to the style. Maybe I'm got used, or maybe it becomes more fluid because o
Jul 27, 2011 Kevin rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the sequel to Diving into the Wreck, and the second novel set in the Diving Universe. City of Ruins is an excellent, fast paced, space adventure filled with suspense and mysterie. Fans of space exploration should love this. Read Diving into the Wreck first though.

I liked Diving into the Wreck well enough, but it is surpassed in every way by City of Ruins. I flew through the book in a single afternoon, aided by the author's clean and clipped prose. Not a word is wasted on excess detail an
Dec 31, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
This is an unusual series. On some levels it's more about being a people manager than anything else. The protagonist is known (so far) as "Boss" and between this book and last she's increased the number of people she is the boss of exponentially. A second viewpoint character who could reasonably be called "Captain" continues the theme. There is a vast number of named characters, drawn in swift strokes, and in their way all management issues for Boss or Captain.

There are strong similarities betwe
Randy Mccallum
Mar 18, 2014 Randy Mccallum rated it really liked it
The second in a series of books about a woman that dives derelict space ships and is battling family and the Empire to find out the meaning of 'stealth technology' and how it works. I started off not being a fan of the way the writer wrote this but couldn't put it down over the last 100 pages. Most sci fi books downplay the inherent danger of working in space. In most sci fi books power trains just work (although some have actual science behind the them, or at least the possibility) and people ...more
Dec 24, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it
To echo my Diving into the Wreck review, I don't like the use of present tense (or present continuous tense), especially using first person. Some chapters were first person of someone other than the protagonist, which worked well.

I liked this sequel much more than the first book. Too much time was spent setting things up (perhaps because I read the first book). Went a little long before things started really happening. But once it started moving, it just kept going.

It would have been nice to spe
Sep 11, 2016 Cloak88 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, audiobook
A different setting, but just as interesting as the first Diving book.

Boss now has a big company to run, seeking and finding stealth tech to keep it out of the hand of those just a little overeager to use it. As part of this new enterprise, Boss and her company of scientist and explorers are planetside to investigate the occurrence of the mysterious "Deathholes" and their possible link to stealth tech.

City of Ruins is a calm novel where the plot and its mystery unfolds slowly. Boss is still a gr
Sep 24, 2011 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: give-away
Boss is persuaded to investigate the city of Vaycehn on a planet in her search for stealth technology. She's doubtful she'll find anything but she's about to get the biggest surprise of her life. This novel, unlike the first book in the series Diving into the Wreckis told from the viewpoint of two differing characters.

However, I have to say I'm starting to get annoyed by Boss (she-of-no-real-name) and would probably be reluctant to get a third book in the series despite the interesting ending t
Jan 25, 2012 Josh rated it really liked it
This book was significantly better than the first in this series (though that one wasn't bad). The big difference is that this is a single story told in detail, rather than a series of short stories stitched together into a novel.

The plot still focuses on an attempt to recover stealth technology, but this time on a planet instead of in deep space. It also adds a good new main character who is pleasantly complementary to Boss, and the possibility of a fully functional ancient ship with stealth te
Jan 18, 2014 Eric rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
If Diving into the Wreck's progression was slow, City of Ruins' pace slows down to a crawl. There really is not a lot happening for 90% of the book, and where in the first book the dangers of deep space diving are the cause for all the preparation, apprehension and careful consideration of every move, there is no such reason for it here, yet it manages to slow down even more so. What seemed to be a series with potential has now been turned into a flat and relatively boring piece of work.
Mar 17, 2012 Richard rated it really liked it
Because I had read a later book in the same series (Boneyards) before I read this one, I was already familiar with some of the characters. This book introduces the Ivoire, a "Dignity Vessel" from 5,000 years in the past, with its captain "Coop" Cooper, into the story line. The book is very well written, but the ending is a bit abrupt, perhaps because it was originally published as a novella in a science fiction magazine. No editing errors were observed, loose ends were tied up at the end of the ...more
Jan 29, 2012 Taracuda rated it really liked it
More please!
Intriguing premise and good stand alone adventure that just begs for additional adventures. Enjoyed the twists on time/space continuity and really curious to know more. Oddly, my favorite detail was the difference on bone structure and weight that showed the impact of gravity on humans, which really made it feel like a complete world with its own rules in a way a mere hovercraft or spaceship didn't.

Feb 14, 2016 Ian added it
Shelves: dnf
I tried this one about 6 months ago after having enjoyed the first book in the series, Diving into the Wreck. This one just didn't do it for me. I gave up after 100 or so pages. The plot in the first one sucked me in, but not so much for this one. Also, the characters were decent in Diving the Wreck -- particularly the main character and the big, hulking blonde guy. In City of Ruins there are just too many, and very few of them appealed to me.
May 16, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
In this book Boss and her crew spend the whole time excavating an area that they have reason to believe is tied to stealth tech. The prologue kills some of the suspense, but something major happens that should shape the galaxy for years to come.

The narrative is still from Boss, so there isn't a whole lot of character development. Even so, this was a fun read.
Jul 14, 2013 J. rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This book was short and sweet, I'm really enjoying this series. Boss is probably my favorite female protagonist ever, she is mature and demanding, a far cry from the whiny, needy, or catty female protagonists I've come across in the past. I hope Jennifer Van Dyke narrates this entire series, she has become Boss in my mind.

Looking forward to the next book.
May 02, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I have a soft spot for Boss and her no-nonsense, well-planned and executed missions. I also love her unflinching honesty about her own bad judgment. The writing is as spare and minimalist as the main character, very refreshing.

The cover of course continues the long-standing sci-fi tradition of not reflecting the story at all.
David Marshall
Sep 07, 2011 David Marshall rated it liked it
As a sequel, it's better than the first Diving into the Wreck, but it's not very impressive. I prefer books that think about what's happening around the events described. Separating the events from their contexts makes for a shallow read.
3.5 of 5. Endeavour read. Related novellas collected as a book. I liked it better than the previous book but I liked the main character less - actually giving up her name and only going by Boss was annoying. But the concept of an underground space base was kind of cool. But a lot of the setting and characters were more of a sketch than fully realized.
Mar 08, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This was first read of the series for me and so far my favorite. Better constructed than the novella collection Diving the Wreck, it brought operators of Dignity Vessels into contact with Boss's team. A well paced, hard to put down story.
Marci Glasgow-Haire
Aug 21, 2011 Marci Glasgow-Haire rated it liked it
Enjoyable book. I seem to have come into the series with book 6 (I think?), but I didn't feel lost at all. I'm sure the significance of many things were lost on me, though, so I'll probably re-read this one after I've read all the previous ones. I think I'm going to really like this author!
Kirk Sluder
Oct 18, 2012 Kirk Sluder rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, space
A nice continuation of the series, but a bit thin on narrative. The use of dual narrators works well, but a little bit stiff. The cover illustration just looks baffling and awkward, although it manages to avoid many of the usual problems of illustrating female protagonists.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Diving Universe (5 books)
  • Diving into the Wreck (Diving Universe, #1)
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