After 240 years traveling toward Tau Prius and a new planet to colonize, the inhabitants of the generation ship Argos are bored and aimless. They join groups such as the Markers and the Breeders, have cos ...more
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Multi-generational space travel. There are so many places to go with a story with that as your basic premise.
The journey to the third planet around the star Tau Prius has been in progress for close to 240 years, about as long as it's been since the United States declared it's independence from England. Think of the stories that could be told.
The story Severance gives us, about the spaceship Argo and its denizens, really left me disappointed. I've never read anything by by Chris Buch ...more
A band of humans aboard a huge spaceship traveling hundreds of years towards their destination - a new inhabitable planet, find themselves embroiled in a civil war as the ships' authority attempt to literally split the interstellar transporter in two. There is method in this madness as an oversight which saw the ship run off course many years prior consumed unac ...more
This one is right up my alley, what with my current (and slight) obsession with sci-fi and space operas. A generation ship? Check. A diverse cast, with multiple POVs scattered about? Check. Crazy, idiotic plans wit ...more
Severance is a blend of high brow and low brow. To wit: the very first scene is a urine gag, but the urine gag is a well-considered strategy that will improve life on the generational ship that is the book’s setting. The characters are all well-realized and the background is all well-thought. The plot keeps you guessing and rooting for the characters, for all their foib ...more
The trolley continued on its way, though by now Stein wished she had simply just gone up to the garden well and walked. The trolley seemed to bring out the worst in people, a symptom of mass transit systems which had survived the trip to the stars. A mass transit system within a mass transit system: Russian nesting dolls stuffed with awful, awful ...more
Stein and Bruce are so, SO bored.
They hate their jobs, theyespecially hate their boss and they hate the venal, bored idiots they’re locked into an (Admittedly very large) ship with. Then, during a spot of recreational burglary they find someth ...more
The Argos has spent over two centuries en route to Tau Prius, its destination, but the inhabitants have grown tired and bored of their journey. Rampant hedonism is common among the people, just to fill the time. Laura Stein isn’t a partaker of any of this revelry. She wants to just take care of her meat plant and be left alone. When one of her subordinates is found dead, she takes it upon herself to find out what happened. What she ends up finding is a conspiracy th ...more
The story mostly follows Laura Stein, who doesn't like peo ...more
I felt it necessary to point out that the reason this book has so many "bad" reviews is that the author is a fairly popular writer on Cracked, and his fans seem to think it's funny to give this book an ironically bad review, not realizing that that actually does bring the rating down overall and to those who do not know who the author is gives the impression that the book is actually bad. Which is kind of crappy, in my humble opinion.
But on to the to ...more
The concept involves a generation ship, so it's vaguely similar to Colony. I'm not sure whether this is intended to be a comedy, but I didn't find it funny; I don't think I even sm ...more
Set on a generation ship in the last stages of it's trip to a new world for colonization, this novel dives deep into the pitfalls of what would happen if thousands upon thousands of people spent two hundred plus years crammed into a ship in space.
Included is a m ...more
Ultimately I enjoyed Severance and while it was hard for me to connect with the story, I thought it was very inventive. There were good plot twists and enough intrigue to keep up my interest. I did enjoy the ...more
In my OPINION, it felt really dry, the jokes felt a bit cheesy or contrived. I wanted to get into it, but I couldn't. Rarely do I abandon a book, but it just was not keeping my attention. It seemed predictable that the stability of the order of the ship would fall apart, a mystery would unravel, and the two main characters would come out on top. Laura and Bruce weren't particularly likable, eit ...more
Spaceships carrying the future of humanity are not usually this fun.
The book isn’t completely a comedy, but it is funny, and it approaches a topic that is never handled in that way. Early in the book, grown men fight while dressed as babies, and that’s not the silliest thing that happens. This serves as a warning to future space farers: Be sure we have something to do
Since everyone is a critic, I feel I should mention a couple of things as well ...
The following points are meant as constructive criticism - no spoilers ahead:
- Some characters are stereotypes (the mayor) and it feels odd to have one of the two ...more
It’s good science fiction – it is everything I wanted Syfy’s Ascension to be a couple years back. Set on a spaceship several generations into a journey to another planet, Bucholz’ Severance takes the reader on a great ride. The ship is getting closer to its destination, but a well-kept secret is getting people killed. At once both humorous and dark, Bucholz does well to keep the story moving so the reader has little time to dwell on the darker issues at play. It’s masterfully ...more
I know and love Chris Bucholz from his articles on Cracked.com and was very excited when I found out he had written a full length novel. I'm not necessarily a big sci-fi reader, so I didn't know if I would like it, but I like him as an author enough that I figured I'd give it a shot. He did a great job! I really liked it and recommend it. Great characters, plot, structure, and pacing. Really well done. ...more