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Infinity's Shore (Uplift Storm Trilogy #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,206 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
For the fugitive settlers of Jijo, it is truly the beginning of the end. As starships fill the skies, the threat of genocide hangs over the planet that once peacefully sheltered six bands of sapient beings. Now the human settlers of Jijo and their alien neighbors must make heroic—and terrifying—choices. A scientist must turn against the benefactors she's been trained to lo ...more
Paperback, 644 pages
Published November 3rd 1997 by Spectra (first published 1996)
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Ben Babcock
Jan 31, 2011 Ben Babcock rated it really liked it
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Sep 16, 2009 Tatiana rated it it was ok
Shelves: sciencefiction
Call this one a 2.5 star book. I do want to know what happens. There are plenty of cliffhangers throughout and some big ones at the end. I like some of the characters, Dwer, Emerson, Rety, maybe Gillian. The aliens are cool and very different from any other aliens I've read about in 30 years of reading Science Fiction. So I give him a lot of points for originality and inventiveness. He seems to think up new and different alien species effortlessly. The science is good, which is a huge plus.

While I wish this book was a bit more tightly written with less POV characters it did seem to move the story forward and give me hope that the final book in the trilogy will tie together all the different dangling threads. This was a rather long audio clocking in at a bit over 26 hours so thankfully the narration by George Wilson was excellent.
Jan 21, 2016 ScoLgo rated it really liked it
This review covers all three books in the 2nd Uplift Trilogy, (Brightness Reef, Infinity's Shore, and Heaven's Reach).

At the end of the day, this rather long story, (nearly 2,000 pages over three volumes), is a good book that leaves some big openings for more adventures in the Uplift Universe. With that said, I really enjoyed the first three Uplift books, (Sundiver, Startide Rising, The Uplift War), more than I did this second trilogy. I think that is due to the stand-alone nature of the initial
David B
Oct 19, 2014 David B rated it really liked it
In this second novel of David Brin's Uplift Storm trilogy, the society of outlaw races on Jijo are thrown into further chaos with the arrival of the super-powerful Jophur, a hostile race of alien conquerors. We are reintroduced to the crew of Streaker, who plot their escape from under the nose of their fearsome adversaries.

This novel suffers from the same problem as most middle works in a trilogy: having neither a true beginning nor a true ending, it exists as nothing but middle that goes on and
Kelly Flanagan
May 05, 2011 Kelly Flanagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Brin is fast becoming another of my favorite authors. Especially with this series. I do love the alien races he has created, and the way they are able to mesh together on the planet Jijo as they don't anywhere else in the universe. The idea of all sapient races having been 'uplifted' by a patron race except Humans.
The whole premise of his universe and peoples are intricate and all consuming. I couldn't put either of the books in this series down until I finished them.
Feb 02, 2015 kazerniel rated it it was amazing
For those who haven't read the trilogy: trilogy in David Brin's case means it's one giant-ass book split in three, the volumes don't work on their own as separate units.

This book was a LOT better than Brightness Reef, finally here was the action and plot the whole first book felt to be building up towards. I loved how the fates of the cast of Startide Rising and Brightness Reef were intertwined ((view spoiler)
Andy McReynolds
Mar 02, 2015 Andy McReynolds rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, re-read
I enjoyed the first book in the series as well as the previous uplift stories. Unfortunately, I burned out on Jijo about halfway through this one and made it about 75%. I enjoy the writing style of Brin but I felt this novel crushed the wonder and promise of the first book. I felt the recap and inaction of the characters, whom I did enjoy just left me wanting and the reappearance of Streaker did not bring about the momentum I expected.

I will list this one to re-read in the future, as I started
Lamar Latrell
May 17, 2014 Lamar Latrell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The pacing was better…if you call putting the 100 pages of nothing's happening in the middle of the book better pacing.
But he still has the problem of introducing characters and following them for far too long only to do absolutely nothing with them. (Dedinger, I'm looking at you.)
And of the two villains (three, really, but one is just a puppet of the other), one doesn't do anything until they're almost destroyed (the rothen) and the other, while still one-dimensional, at least has an excuse for
Dec 20, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, fiction
If you liked Brightness Reef , you'll almost certainly like this, as it is basically part 2 of that book. I may have actually liked it more, as (view spoiler) (spoiler for Brightness Reef).

The one major flaw is that it absolutely ends on a cliffhanger. Unlike Brightness Reef, which ended at what I felt was a natural stopping point, this seems to end in the middle of the climax. Usually I like to space out books by the same author and from the
Manuel Barrera
Jun 04, 2015 Manuel Barrera rated it it was amazing
David Brin is known for inserting current scientific knowledge of cosmos, biology, and evolutionary science both biological and non-biological (albeit at the edges of known science and speculation beyond, but always on scientific principles). The Uplift Storm Trilogyl exemplifies Brin's mastery of science and story to bring forth an intellectual appreciation of future and past. Brin has been my favorite science fiction author since he came on the scene decades ago. Indeed, in my mind he has repl ...more
David Bonesteel
Jun 13, 2013 David Bonesteel rated it really liked it
In this second novel of David Brin's Uplift Storm trilogy, the society of outlaw races on Jijo are thrown into further chaos with the arrival of the super-powerful Jophur, a hostile race of alien conquerors. We are reintroduced to the crew of Streaker, who plot their escape from under the nose of their fearsome adversaries.

This novel suffers from the same problem as most middle works in a trilogy: having neither a true beginning nor a true ending, it exists as nothing but middle that goes on and
Jun 23, 2013 Onefinemess rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi

Yes, I read this in a day. Something like 850 pages today - 200 from the previous book, and this one in its entirety.

The entire fucking thing is a page turner. You know, how the last third of a book usually this? The whole goddam book was 100% last third. Totally made up for the unwieldy feeling I got from Brightness Reef. Which I just finished this morning. Oi.

It goes without saying that I can't wait to read the next one. But I should probably go to sleep or something... Definitely not letting
Apr 18, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing
Another great installment in the Uplift saga. The planet Jijo, and the six Sooner races hiding out there, face trying to fight a Jophur ship that is intent on capturing the renegade ship Streaker. But the Dolphin crewed ship is hiding, facing problems of its own, and the Six races are unable to comply. Using what little technology they do have, they are surprised to find that they can hurt the enemy, but only for a short while. It is when the two groups come together that a plan is hatched to de ...more
Lianne Burwell
Sep 09, 2015 Lianne Burwell rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
A solid middle book to the trilogy. In fact, the ending almost felt like it could be the conclusion. If I had one real complaint, it's that there are a lot of similarities to The Uplift War, in that it is hidden people engaging in mostly low-tech resistance to the Galactics who have taken over the world. Minus the gorillas, however. (This is not a bad thing, though, since The Uplift War is my favorite book in the entire series).

If I have any complaint, though, it's that the aliens don't really f
Aug 10, 2015 Ron rated it liked it
Book 2 of the second uplift trilogy. This one clearly ends in the middle of a story, and I'll be picking up the third one. After reading the first two, I'm wondering if they couldn't have been shortened and put into two books.

I'll also add that the first few chapters give a good enough summary of book 1 that you can probably start here and skip the first book.
Jan 07, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it
What a change, while “Brightness Reef” was a bit of slog Infinity’s Shore’s pacing was good, and the story was engaging. There was action that moved the plot forward and the various characters now seem to have parts to play that serve the story directly rather than mostly background world building.

This is more in keeping with the truly good "Uplift War". All the mysteries of Jijo have not yet come to light and the crew of the Streaker are still in danger but things are getting really interesting
Andreea Pausan
Aug 18, 2014 Andreea Pausan rated it really liked it
In the last lines of the previous book, Brightness Reef, we find out the story comes round to the adventure of the Streaker, its dolphin crew and the mysterious artifact that has the five Galaxis in turmoil. The story gets better and the suspense keeps on building.

Nebula and Hugo award-winning author David Brin continues his bestselling Uplift series in this second novel of a bold new trilogy.

Imaginative, inventive, and filled with Brin's trademark mix of adventure, passion, and wit, Infinity's Shore carries us further than ever before into the heart of the most beloved and extraordinary science fiction sagas ever written.

For the fugitive settlers of Jijo, it is truly the beginning of the end. As starships fill the skies, the threat of genocide hangs o

Aug 10, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those committed to spending 1500 pages on this trilogy
Shelves: sci-fi
While a bit more happens than was in the slog that was Brightness Reef, this is still overlarge. Several of the subplots are unnecessary. These books would be better if they attempted to cover the same story in about 2/3rds the words.

Thomas Fackler
Mar 14, 2015 Thomas Fackler rated it really liked it
In fact I give it a five here because Brightness Reef continues to tidy up an uplift universe thrown into sentient chaos. Brin also wraps in a new world and new hope for disparate alien clans. I look forward to the third book of this arc to find or what happens.
Martyn F
Mar 19, 2014 Martyn F rated it liked it
The first half of the book is a bit longwinded and has some redundancy. A lot of new characters are added to the story and their tale is overlapping with other characters' tales. I had the feeling the story wasn't progressing at all.

But afther this first half the book picks up speed and does progress and become interesting and even exciting again. All in all a good enough sequel.
Feb 08, 2011 Richard rated it liked it
Infinity's Shore is technically a middle book and does
what a middle book has to do, advancing the plot and setting
the stage for the final volume. Some things are resolved
but most is still hint and promise. Don't look for neatly
tied threads here and, even in the concluding volume, don't
look for absolute conclusions; I don't think that's where
Brin's interests lie. Even so, taken just on its own,
tjos book is a rich and varied skein of stories in
the service of a greater one, told from the viewpoints
Apr 18, 2014 Margaret rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
There are too many characters-the multiple storylines could be pursued in more depth and detail by simplifying the roll call.
Sep 30, 2008 Diane rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Typical of the middle volume of a trilogy, this book is a bit sluggish in places as the author takes his time exploring his incredibly detailed world. He brings in characters from previous books, hints at big doings behind mysterious events, and continues following some really interesting characters as they become more deeply involved in world-changing events. The strength of this book (and the whole series) is Brin's ability to create convincing (and fascinating) alien characters. This is not a ...more
Michael Evans
May 04, 2013 Michael Evans rated it liked it
Like the other novels, this book explores some interesting concepts in a pan galactic society, but brings the implications home in true space opera style. Here are the main two concepts in the series

1)intelligence is too complex to be evolutionally emergent, so it took 4-5 billion years for it to happen the first time, and every time since has been the result of genetic manipulation by intelligent species that have come before.

2)Language shapes intelligence and thought, which shapes language. A
Apr 30, 2015 Peter rated it liked it
I read this book a few years ago (listed as 2010) and am rating it based on lingering impression.
Jan 06, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
The continuing story of the Uplift Universe, with some complicated twists and turns.
Jul 23, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
I enjoyed this second book, although it had been a very long time since I read the first one in this trilogy, so it took me a while to figure out what was going on and remember who was who. The format of switching between characters every chapter also threw me off for a while. A very interesting plot concept and I enjoyed most of the characters. Brin came up with some really unusual alien races and I liked reading about them. I have heard mixed things about the third book, so while this one real ...more
Jan 17, 2016 Andrei rated it liked it
More of a children's book, should be a cartoon.
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Other Books in the Series

Uplift Storm Trilogy (3 books)
  • Brightness Reef (Uplift Storm Trilogy, #1)
  • Heaven's Reach (Uplift Storm Trilogy, #3)

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