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The Legacy of Heorot by Larry Niven
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Apr 10, 11

bookshelves: sci-fi-fantasy, reviewed
Recommended for: Thriller Sci-Fi Fans
Read in February, 2011, read count: Once

In some ways this book was very imaginative and in some ways just another Heinlen-like hero story.

The protagonist, Cadmann Whelan, is in charge of security in a situation where there seems to be little need for it. Homo Sapiens has dispatched a space ship to colonize a new planet. To get there while still young, the travelers must be put into deep freeze. Some of the colonists come out of the freeze with their intelligence negatively influenced. Avalon, which is what they've named the colony seems perfect but monsters await.

The title uses Heorot, from the Beowulf saga, to set the stage as Avalon is beset by a Grendel like predator. Though, the colonists manage to kill it, turns out there are more on their island. In a final twist, though they slay the few they find, a cruel twist of biology puts the colony in terminal danger.

Whelan is the lone hero who is un-appreciated and reacts like a spoiled chld but in the end is the saviour of the survivors. A little bit too much of a Space Opera for me.

The pacing of the plot is pretty good especially as the story reaches its climax. The characters are not very original nor real but play their designated roles to keep the plot moving.

There is a tremendous amount of violence in the book and a little bit of non-explicit sex. The unspoken moral of the story is: "Don't fool with Mother Nature." A lesson we must eventually learn ourselves.

There is a sequel, Beowulf's Children which I plan to pass on.
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