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Insurrection by David Weber
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Dec 02, 2010

it was amazing
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Two things make insurrection great.
1) The mechanics of the Starfire universe.
2) People come into conflict because they have conflicting goals and values, but are still equally respectable and honorable.

The key detail of the Starfire universe is that fixed warp points connect star systems. Most occupied systems have 1 or 2 warp points. By structuring the map in this way, it creates defensible choke points. All other travel is sub-light. This adds a twist to Military Sci Fi. It adds a chain of communication, and chain of supply to the equation in a way that much Sci Fi neglects.

There are focus characters on two of the 3 sides in this conflict. These characters get roughly equal treatment. None of them are angels or demons. There is alot of moral ambiguity.

These things combine to make an incredible book. One of the most memorable I've ever read. One that I will return to in the future. One that I will use as a yardstick to judge all other Science Fiction I read.
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