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The Hidden Worlds

(The Hidden Worlds #1)

3.13  ·  Rating details ·  127 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
After the Earth was destroyed by ruthless machine intelligences, humanity was saved by a hereditary guild of jump pilots, who now control all travel and communication among the Hidden Worlds-and whose power nineteen-year-old Linnea may topple.
Paperback, 356 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Ace
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Mar 31, 2008 rated it liked it
I didn't notice anywhere on the cover the warning that this book was the first in a series, and it doesn't really resolve at the end, so I feel I should have been warned. Take ye note.

Speaking of the cover, while perfectly nice, it appears to be the cover for some other book-- a book I would have been interested in reading, albeit probably a more generic, less ambitious one than this proved to be. Linnea, the protagonist, not only doesn't pick up a gun at any point in the book, she's probably th
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
I'll be honest. I don't know what to make of this book. At first it was slow going and then it was very fragmented and finally when the action happened, the main characters were too damaged for me to really be happy about the outcome. This book has a lot of darkness surrounding it and any time there was something even remotely good, it was snatched back into the pit of despair. The writing itself was good but the story...well, this book is a 3.48. For those expecting something like Linnea Sincla ...more
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This book is well written but the major issue I take with it is the management of expectations. Writing is nicely done. But the tone of the story is sort of disorienting and if you're walking into this book expecting light and fluffy space romance DO NOT EVEN BOTHER. And now that I've perused some other reviews of this book I see that I did not suffer alone in my expectations about what kind of book I was getting into. As I commented while reading this- t

Oct 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
An interesting concept and characters, but seems rushed and often veers off. I think she's learning her craft; we need more about the Cold Minds, and I can't help but wonder why the character doesn't want to become a pilot at the end! Major frustrations. Maybe we'll learn more in a sequel?
Feb 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoy this writer. She's in my writing group.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting book with a unique plot. Very entertaining, although there seemed too long drawn out parts, then really rushed sections.
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I rarely review any genre outside the paranormal, but I am going to make an exception with the The Hidden Worlds trilogy by Kristin Landon. I had seen positive references to it on a few other blog sites. Looked quite interesting. I thought I would read it when I needed a break from all things paranormal. At the time there was no thought to writing a review. That changed when, for no reason I can explain, the publisher sent me a copy of The Dark Reaches (Book 3), the final installment in the seri ...more
May 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction

“After the Earth was destroyed by ruthless machine intelligences known as the Cold Minds, the remnants of the human race sought refuge on far-flung planets. Humanity was saved by a hereditary guild of jump pilots who now control all travel and communication among the Hidden Worlds…” Linnea Kiaho, the heroine, a 19-year-old from the poorest planet in the system, indentures herself to one of the pilots in order to save her world. Iain sen Paolo is her unwilling master. Together they uncover a plot
Oct 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
When I originally picked up this book I thought it was a sci-fi romance. I didn't realize that really it was a science fiction novel, with some romance that had a cover (that while pretty) didn't accurately portray the contents at all.

Linnea is a feisty heroine with a plan that may or may not be the stupidest idea she's ever had. Really depends on your viewpoint. She wants to save her planet at all costs--even that of her family ties and respect. Iain is rather the opposite--he'd give up his fam
Apr 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, sci-fi
I'm marking this one did not finish. First off, I really wanted to read the book on the cover. I picked this book off the shelf on the library based on the cover alone. You've got heroine in black urban combat type gear with a gun. You've got a guy in an obvious pilot suit with a gun sort of Battlestar Galactica-ish.

This was not the story I started reading. I tried to give it a chance. I know something happened on Earth and everyone fled and now generations later there are worlds in hiding from
Jenny Delandro
Jul 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I like the two main characters but there could have been more done to develope them ... there is empathy but sometimes the reader is left feeling dissatisified with their behavior... they are sometimes clear sometimes blurry.

Liinnea is tortured then she just starts talking and acting like nothing is happening. Months pass in the course of one sentence and the impact of the time period is not communicated well.

Are we supposed to think that ahe is in shock? She switchs loyalty to who ever has cont
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: no-longer-own
This is a good, political, romantic, SF-lite book. The review criticized that not all of Landon's settings received the same kind of treatment as those did on Santandru, but overall, the settings aren't as important as the story, the intrigue, and the characters, which Landon handles wonderfully. I think fans of Catherine Asaro's Skolian Empire series will enjoy this, if only as a quick read. I know I did. I'm looking forward to the sequel. [return][return]For a full review, which may or may not ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Oct 28, 2008 rated it liked it
This book has one of the best covers I have seen in a long time. The story idea is very good. It is a shame her editor did not do her job. The first one third of the book is back story and should have been worked in later. That meant that the rest of the book was rushed. There was no build up to the relationship between the two main characters. Hope someone edits the next one. This could have been a really strong story with good editing.
Susan Macatee
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great start to Kristin Landon's sci-fi universe of the Hidden Worlds! Although primarily scif-fi, it did include a satifying romance. I've already downloaded two more books in this series into my new NOOK.
Dec 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
A nice space opera. Nothing fantastic.
Aug 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Nov 21, 2008 marked it as to-read
Oct 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
Slow moving. Frustrating read. Takes too long to resolve issues. Worth skimming.
Stefan McElvain
Aug 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting story, sets the scene for follow on books. The hero seems wooden to begin with, gets better further into the story.
Lynn Calvin
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Dec 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
3 stars
Karen Desmond
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Suzie Hunt
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Good idea, but poorly executed. The pace drags and the two main characters are not interesting.
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(From "About the Author" on her website)
A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Kristin Landon has been reading science fiction since the age of seven, when she discovered H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds in the school library. Love of SF led to a love of science, and she earned a degree in chemistry and worked as a research lab technician for a number of years, before following her talent for

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