Scattered Suns (The Saga of Seven Suns, #4)
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Scattered Suns (The Saga of Seven Suns #4)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  2,522 ratings  ·  55 reviews
The fourth novel in the Saga of Seven Suns series executes a plan that has been long in the making. The final, most powerful enemy against the humans is about to be launched; how will they survive?

The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells--including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. The Ildirans are engage...more
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Published July 1st 2005 by Aspect (first published January 1st 2005)
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More finished then yet to be finished. That is a good thing with this series. This series is too long.

So long that it can put you to sleep.

Technically there are things that make your suspension of disbelief impossible because the author does not dot his eyes and cross his tees. We have the problem of time, over and over again. Some pages you can jump across the galaxy in hours, and on others it takes months.

This is because all of this is done to propel the human story. So much so that the alien...more
Mouldy Squid
Nov 09, 2011 Mouldy Squid rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 14 year olds and people who don't read a lot of science fiction
Shelves: science-fiction
I tried, I really tried. About 3 hours into the audio book I simply couldn't take any more. The flaws are more numerous in this novel than they were in the earlier instalments, and more obvious. At every change of character POV, Anderson insists on reminding us what happened the last time we visited that POV and this becomes tiresome almost immediately. The "twists" are telegraphed and Anderson might as well use a caber to beat the reader when he wants to point out that "something important is a...more
John D'alessio
The plot lines in this series were very interesting, and it was just enough to keep me reading it through to the end, but I found the writing repetitive, than tiresome and finally flat out boring.

Anderson writes each chapter as if you may have forgotten the setting laid down previously...I get it that the roamers are inventive, I get it that Ildarians can feel each other through some sort of psychic link, and I get it that the Chairman is distrustful of don't need to continually be...more
This alas, is where I ended my affair with this series. Originally, I read books on the commute to work and my original fare was of Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space series. Amazing. However, I decided that once I've finished that universe I should try another. Step up 'The Saga of Seven Suns'. My original thought of the initial book (Hidden Empire) was, that it wasn't bad and needed some help and, as you can see, I pondered on waiting for the story to really take off. Unfortunately, we've tak...more
Matthew Tait
Sometimes I will have the odd review here that’s grandiose, other times short snippets with very little detailing of the story. (The Blurb is sufficient). This is one of them.

I was enraptured by the first two volumes in The Saga of Seven Suns. Epic, voluminous, and prose filled with metaphor. The Space Opera was hard and intricate – this is Kevin J. Anderson doing his Magnum Opus. And considering Kevin is one of the most prolific science fiction authors in the world, this tour e force was cramm...more
I have heard a lot of glowing reviews for Mr. Anderson's works, and figured I would start with the Saga of Seven Suns anthology since the premise was right up my SciFi alley. I was severely disappointed. While the basis of the stories was interesting and held great promise, the excruciating details of people, conversations and relationships turned me off. When there was action to be had, it was limited to very little writings, and had none of the depth as in the rest of the book. I 'read' this a...more
At first I was excited to read this series; a space opera on steroids, but it turned out to be a space opera on crack. I didn't even finish this fourth book, it's that bad. The conflicting character plot lines, the unrealistic scenarios of the heroes coming back from a certain death, the flagrant disregard for even the simplest of the laws of physics. I don't mind a little artistic license with spacecraft but when you have a behemoth of a spacecraft tuning on a dime, all I can say is "really?" "...more
Mar 15, 2012 Sebastien rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fan de la série seven suns
Shelves: science-fiction
Que dire de plus, ce livre est encore meilleur que le précédent. En plus, il intègre encore plus les Illdiran à cette guerre qui fera bientôt l'objet et l'ampleur d'une bonne partie de la galaxie.

J'aime l'idée que les ennemies sont en fait les Élément de la création sous forme vivant et actif. On a L'air avec les Hydrogues, le Feu avec les Feros et les goûtes d'eau son bien sur l'eau. Des puissances primales qui se font la guerre depuis le début des temps et qui maintenant s'affronte avec d'autr...more
Nor'dzin Pamo
This is the fourth book in the Saga of Seven Suns. The story is still moving at a good pace and is enjoyable. However I started to find it irritating that I was continually being reminded of the story so far. I would reckon that several paragraphs in most chapters went over past occurrences or reiterated a character's connections. As each book has a section at the beginning that serves this function and there is a comprehensive glossary at the end of the book, I felt suspicious that the story wa...more
Ugh, I wanted to like this book so much but it was torture. I thoroughly enjoyed Book 1 and 2 but this was a beating to read. Well not all of it but at least 2/3 of it just dragged. Yes it had purpose (I guess) but I really could have done without the in depth details. I will say once you get near the end its non-stop action and craziness just like before. The last 1/3 of the book I was enthralled so of course I am glad I read it. Honestly the last 1.3 is the only reason it got 3 stars...I was s...more
Heather Koehler
I’m still very impressed by the pacing of the events. While some plotlines are taking much longer to come to fruition, others have come to their conclusion much sooner than expected. The contrasting pace of plots gives the story a political realism that is so often missing from science fiction.

I was also thrilled to find that the winner of a battle is no longer predictable. The number of players in this galactic war has reached a point where enemies or allies could join a battle at the last mome...more
Still getting good. The introduction of two more elemental alien races (although the Faeros are still pretty much non-entities when they're not raining down fiery destruction and wiping out whole planets by accident)widens the conflict and the interest level.

The Ildiran Thism takes on an interesting and intriguing central role that I hadn't seen coming, and a WHOLE bunch of info you've been fed piecemeal over the last three books all falls into place and becomes very important to several key sub...more
Don Viecelli
From My Newsletter Number 21:

I finished reading the next two books from Kevin J. Anderson, The Saga Of The Seven Suns series; Scattered Suns, Book 4 and Of Fire And Night, Book 5.

Scattered Suns continues where book 3 left off. The war between the Hydrogues and the Faeros escalate. The humans continue to fight amongst each other, the Ildirans fight a civil war and the Klikiss robots turn on both with an intense desire to eliminate them as they did their creators. The many plot lines thicken and t...more
Brian Lee
Good Space Opera. This series started a bit slow. But the pace, action, and intrigue have picked up with each volume.
I like these books by Kevin Anderson because each chapter follows a character. They are great for reading in places where you have small snippets of time like the bathroom, the doctors office, the car waiting to pick up kids, on the morning train, etc. The chapters are short 3-4 pages and only follow one character at a time so it's not too confusing. The characters are also richly developed and the plot is always thickening. Just when you think you've figured it out the author throws something e...more
John Shumway
** Save review for the series:
This was a fun series to read. The semi long winded way of writing reminds me of the Dune prequels and conclusions he helped write. Not that I'm really complaining it’s just a lot to get through.
The story is big but the character list is bigger, and you get plenty of detail. I was able to read the entire series with only 1 or 2 forced distraction books to get a break from the story. Which for me means it’s pretty good if I don't get too sick of it after 7 books.
Amloid Mesa
Once again the battle continues in this epic sci fi narrative.
I think this book, 4th in the series, is slightly better, all around, than the first 3 novels. I definitely want to read the rest of the series!
Vincent Wood
Extremely complex, lots of factions, lots of characters and lots of parallel plot threads. It tends to switch chapters and between characters so often that it becomes difficult to become attached to any particular character or plot. This is definitely an epic series. While it started slow, I've become attached to it now, curious on what all will happen in the upcoming books. With the way the author writes, I think it would have been a better told story as a seven season TV series than a seven bo...more
I feel like this series is a "guilty pleasure" really. It's not even remotely hard sci-fi, and Anderson's horridly repetitive writing style still grates on me with every book, but the story just keeps me coming back to find out what's going to happen next. I was particularly impressed with the multitudinous cliffhangers at the end of this one, as they all actually seem quite interesting...

I have a strong feeling that by the end of the series it's going to feel like it was too long, though.
Not bad. Fits in well with the rest of this series.
Anderson has gone to great lengths to emphasize the distances and complications that can make communication difficult in the world he's set up. By itself, this isn't a bad thing. But there were just so many examples in this book of characters acting a certain way because they lacked a crucial piece of information that it just got really frustrating by the end.
Book 4 in the 7 book series "Saga of the Seven Suns." The story continues and continues to get more and more involved. I am enjoying it very much and look forward to the final 3 books. Will be sorry when it ends.

A few new elements were introduced here that were a little difficult to believe, but am so deep into the story that I just said OK...what's next.
As this series has progressed, I've become more and more invested in the characters, the universe, and the action. Like a lot of epic sci-fi, the story can drag in parts - not unexpected in 600 page books - there's enough going on that I was compelled to keep reading. These books were devoured in chunks, not bites.
Roy Varley
I wonder why I keep reading this series. The ideas are great - really terrific - perhaps that's it.

But - the writing is terrible. In some instances almost kindergarten - run spot run! And at other times it's as if he's made some notes about what should happen in this bit and then submitted it as final copy.
The Saga grabs your attention. I would like perhaps more chapter time for each of the different scenarios/characters, The short bursts for each character and situation is a good way to keep you turning the pages but not the best writing. I'm hooked though and now on Book 5 "Of Fire and Night".
This is great science fiction - excellent character development, complex story arcs and just pure excitement to read. I'm glad I got into the Saga of Seven Suns series after 5 of them had been published as it would have killed me to have to wait long periods in between publishing each book.
Balaji Dutt
Now that we are closer to the climax of the series, the various sub-plots are all picking up speed and build up the reader's expectations very nicely. You are left at the end on tenterhooks - the final moments can almost be seen, and an unexpected twist at the end left me wanting more.
Dave Johnson
for the most part, this was a book that just kept the story going. i dont think there are any particularly great moments, per se, but this is still a solid book. at this point in the series, i was so drawn into the story that i couldnt NOT read the book. it was pretty good.
I started with the fourth book so took a little while to understand what was going on with the different groups. If you love science fiction then this series is worth it. Though I recommend to start with the first book.
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Pseudonyms: Gabriel Mesta, K.J. Anderson

He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., and The X-Files, and is the co-author of the Dune prequels. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity. He has also written several comic books including the Dark Horse Star Wars collection Tales of the Jedi written in coll...more
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