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Edge of Dark

(The Glittering Edge #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  551 ratings  ·  102 reviews
What if a society banished its worst nightmare to the far edge of the solar system, destined to sip only dregs of light and struggle for the barest living.  And yet, that life thrived?  It grew and learned and became far more than you ever expected, and it wanted to return to the sun.  What if it didn’t share your moral compass in any way?

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Paperback, 399 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Pyr
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Sarah (needs a break from reviewing)
3/8 - I've only read 40 pages, but I'm really enjoying this so far. I was a little scared and disturbed by the low average rating on GR and was worried I was going to be disappointed, but all of 40 pages in this is great. None of what is described in the summary has happened yet, the 'worst nightmare banished to the far edge of the solar system' hasn't made an appearance yet. I'm looking forward to when they do. To be continued...

4/8 - So annoyed right now (I've calmed down since last night, las
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

This book was an awesome read. I first went into it believing it was a brand new series set in a new universe, but it turns out I was only half right. Edge of Dark is indeed the first book of a planned duology, but then I discovered within the first few pages that it also takes place in the future of the same timeline as Brenda Cooper’s Ruby’s Song series. This actually made me very happy – I loved The Diamond Deep when I
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up just for the amount of enjoyment I got from reading this.

I really loved this book. It does a great job of exploring fear of the other, and turning the reader's thoughts around on what the "right" response to a difficult situation might be.

The writing is easy to read and the characters very engaging. I'm not only eager to read the second book in The Glittering Edge Duology, I also plan to read the predecessor duology, Ruby's Song, that takes place in the same fictional world.
I really enjoyed this. I like being surprised when I read a book, and this story's characters didn't always do what I expected them to do. I liked the main PoV characters, Nona Hall, Charlie Windar and Chrystal. It was fascinating seeing the Next's return and expansion into human space and the ensuing conflict, both within the characters and between different humans. The Next, while kind of frightening, was also weirdly interesting. At least, particularly thanks to Chrystal and her family, and t ...more
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
In a distant future a society of spacefaring humans who mainly live in enormous space stations are faced with the return to their solar system of the Next, a machine society originally based on uploaded humans.

In this solar system humanity is recovering the Earth-like planet Lym from the abuses of their ancestors. Few humans live there, with the center of culture being the Glittering, the name for the collection of ships and space stations further out in the solar system. On Lym we have Charlie
Michelle Morrell
In the far future, a future so distant that Earth is just a rumor of a place, humanity lives in the dark. The two planets that sustained life are a nature preserve and a mining pit, respectively. Billions of people live in vast stations, telling scary stories about The Edge, the demarcation line between humans and the AI that once were human, banished beyond the light.

In a future so alien from our present, it is a testament to the writer's skill that I found the characters so completely relatabl
For the last two weeks The Edge of Dark has been the book I read during middle of the night breastfeedings, so it's been a bit slow, but overall I was enjoying the story until I got about half way through and there was a science detail so awful that I can't keep going. The sometimes underdeveloped writing I could deal with; The "transhumanity as villain" theme I could handle even though it's not something I really enjoy; But when the "robots" break the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics (and I don't even ...more
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
If a book's about a major world(s)-changing event, something that I expect is for it to make sense as to why the main characters were instrumental in this event. This is not so for Edge of Dark, where Nona and Charlie are very quickly placed in decisions where they have to make decisions for all of humanity - more or less for no good reason. For Nona especially, I often asked myself: why the heck isn't someone else doing this? In a society with billions of people... there should be a reason why ...more
Alison Pilorz
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
I did not enjoy this book but I did not hate it. The plot was interesting, but only mildly. It felt underdeveloped and the characters were not really engaging. One could even go so far as to say many of them were flat. Despite all this it was still interesting and some intriguing ideas were explored, but not really well enough to be truly satisfying. All in all, it felt like a story that has potential, but that maybe should have percolated a bit longer. (The writing seemed so amateur and underde ...more
Nov 11, 2014 added it
The Next might be the next stage of evolution. Sometimes referred to as the Ice Pirates, the Next were once a human creation, near autonomous robots that were banished to darkest edge of the solar system. Instead of guttering without light, the Next thrived. Now they’re turning back toward the sun.

Some of them appear human, but they’re not. Their bodies are sexless constructs that don’t require sustenance of any sort. They don’t eat and they don’t breathe. They don’t sicken and they do not die.
Peter Tillman
Dec 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Peter by: Locus review
Shelves: own-copy, fantasy
I was looking forward to reading Edge of Dark , but found a number of implausibilities in the backstory that kept me from really liking it. I'll try to avoid spoilers.

The setup is a solar system (not ours), where most humans live in space habitats of various sizes, ranging from large to colossal. At some point in the past, people transcending to robot-bodies were banished to the outer system, apparently in the hope that they would shrivel & die. Instead, they thrived and grew powerful. Now they
Sarah Pugh
Apr 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked many of the ideas in the book, and I really liked the multiple-POV structure, but I found some of the characters and relationships a bit off-putting. Nona, one of the primary characters, was a bit dull, and I thought less of Charlie, whom I quite liked, for falling for her - although to be fair, he didn't have much else to do at that point. I was a bit disturbed by the stereotypically Asian portrayal of Yi. I thought the relationship between Charlie and Jean-Paul was rather sad. I liked ...more
Brenda Cooper is a good author and at this point I pretty much read whatever she publishes. And yet I wasn't expecting much from this one. It is a followup to another series which was basically a YA take on Eva Peron in a generation colony ship. This one was a very interesting read on what it means to upload a human personality. And rather than being stuck on the technology and the change in society as it rolls out, instead it deals with two societies - one with upload and one without a long tim ...more
Tudor Ciocarlie
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-my-best-of
A very good exploration of what it means to be human, that uses a cast of great characters and an extremely troubling and mind-fucking transformation from human to artificial beings.
Jack Teng
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Pretty good series with a fascinating concept.
4.5/5 Rating Originally posted at https://mylifemybooksmyescape.wordpre...

One of my top books of the year!

I'll give to to you straight: I did not have the highest of hopes coming into this. The cover - while it is an impressive design - I do not think looks good. Never read Brenda Cooper before. I did read the synopsis, thought it sounded promising, but wasn't about to go rush out and buy it. How did I come to read this book then? Well, I was lucky enough to win it in a giveaway. When I say lu
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Not really my type of book but not terrible
+ Love the world-building, both on Lym and the Deep
+ Adored the tangcats on Lym; esp. the connection between Cricket and Charlie
+ Excellent normalization of alternative relationships, like the 4-person plural marriage between Chrystal, Katherine, Yi and Jason, and the platonic-romantic relationship between Jean Paul and Charlie
+ Some cool speculative ideas, like how robot-enhanced human long-term memory might work

- Distracting copy-editing errors
- Feels like it could use a few more rev
Clay Kallam
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Brenda Cooper has steadily improved during her career, and “Edge of Dark” (Pyr, $18, 397 pages) is her best yet – though there are still a few rough patches.

This first of a series, though, tackles a complex topic – what it means to be “human” – and does so within the confines of a solidly written space opera. Set in the galaxy of “The Creative Fire” and “Diamond Deep” (which essentially transplanted Evita Peron to starships and huge space stations), “Edge of Dark” raises the stakes by considerin
Jul 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This was decent, but in the end I feel like the author backed off from really saying anything interesting about consciousness, robots, etc etc. The second half really took advantage of the "see it takes months to travel!" stuff from a plot perspective, but that meant it ended up being underdeveloped emotionally. On top of that, separating the characters prevented the emotional development I wanted to give a fuck about the whole, instead of the characters as parts. And the end seemed to come out ...more
Fantasy Literature
Mar 15, 2015 rated it liked it
In Edge of Dark, Brenda Cooper comes back to the world she created in her RUBY'S SONG duology. In it, humanity has driven AI robots to the edge of the galaxy — to the titular “Edge of Dark” — and maintained their own perimeter of ships and space stations, called The Glittering, around habitable planets, keeping warmth and life to themselves. However, the robots (called, ominously, The Next) have come back, invading a lone scientific space station, killing most of the crew, and uploading the cons ...more
Colleen Parker
Aug 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people too pretentious to admit a video game could have a better story
Shelves: audiobook
This book was a blatant Mass Effect rip off. The Deep is the Citadel. The High Sweet Home is Eden Prime. The Next are the Geth and Reapers. There are even character parallels, too many to get into, but Nona nor Charlie are anywhere near as impacting as characters than Shepard. The plot even follows the same, to a point. When they diverge, it's mostly just boring. The only likable characters were Chrystal and Cricket (who's an animal). The world building, beyond what you can already find a better ...more
Julanna Hennessy
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Bad first - if you find "off of" interrupts the flow of your reading don't read this, and there are other grammar peculiarities I found disrupting.

Then the good. This is a great story, full of real people in difficult positions working things out and set in a beautifully described universe, exploring contrasts and connections between nature and technology and asking what it is that makes us human.
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Sci-fi with a narrative that jumps between several characters dealing in different ways with a species/race/um of robots/augmented humans, and examines (not terribly subtly) our ideas of humanity, and how that can transcend the human form. I found the plot a bit messy, and I'm not interested enough in how humankind makes peace with robots to go back for more novels in the series. ...more
Michael Hanscom
Neat far-future exploration of the later effects of transhumanism, when hundreds of years after exile, beings who were once human come back to rejoin and influence the descendants of those who once sent them away. I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for further books in this series. ...more
George Irwin
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Strong sci-fi looking at a future of incorporating AI into human society as citizens. The author does a good job presenting three options - War, Tolerance, Acceptance with a range of rounded characters and narrative swings that demonstrate pros and cons of different sides.
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: it, sci-fi
easy to read, good characters and a suitable amount of action...Now to go back and read some more by this author and discover some more about this universe.
Dec 16, 2015 added it
Read for book club. Good book, needs a better editor - typos were distracting. Looking forward to more in the series. Interested in reading more by this author.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
launched me into an existential crisis
Bob Cutler
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
This book was a disappointment. I was looking forward to a space opera by an author I hadn't heard of before. What I got was an unsatisfying narrative of four people's experience with a sort-of invasion. Here is what I had issues with:

There never was an explanation of why the antagonists (the Next) were called ice pirates. They're robots, so why do they need ice? They never actually steal any ice during the novel, either.

There never was an explanation of why the Next were trying to take over. T
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Brenda Cooper writes science fiction,fantasy, and poetry.

Brenda's most recent novels are EDGE of DARK and SPEAR OF LIGHT from Pyr and POST from ESpec Books. Edge of Dark won the 2016 Endeavour Award for a notable science fiction or fantasy novel by a Northwest author.

Other recent novels include the duology THE CREATIVE FIRE and THE DIAMOND DEEP, also from Pyr.

Brenda released two collections in 2

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