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(The Corporation Wars #2)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  484 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Ken MacLeod continues the Corporation Wars trilogy in this action-packed science fiction adventure told against a backdrop of interstellar drone warfare, virtual reality, and an A.I. revolution. And the ultimate pay-off is DH-17, an Earth-like planet hundreds of light years from human habitation.

Ruthless corporations vie over the prize remotely, and war is in full swing.
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 29th 2016 by Orbit
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Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
As much as I enjoyed Ken Macleods first Corporation Wars novel, Dissidence, I had a sneaking suspicion that I was reading the opening act of a single novel that was being stretched into a trilogy. The first sequel, Insurgence, confirms that. The first two thirds of Insurgence are a master class in padding: chapters one through six are almost entirely a refresher course on the plot points and themes presented in the Dissidence. The series hero, Carlos, doesnt even show up until chapter seven and ...more
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very clever take on the meaning of reality and humanity in the distant future and in distant space.

Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Very boring, when there is action it is detailed in excruciating detail, like every single bullet impact is described. This book barely pushed the story forward.
Peter Tillman
I read this one as part of the trilogy:
Not in the mood for robots...will have to try something else by author.
Fred Hughes
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
A very confusing series that I have given up on. It's a typical scenario where dead soldiers are brought back to life within a simulated world, or are they. Thus the confusion.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed the Dissidence, the first book in the Corporation Wars trilogy.

Insurgence, the second in the trilogy, shares the same inventive, tongue-in cheek wit and wryly observed political satire. However, for me it lacked the cohesion of the first book: rather than driving the plot forward, the narrative felt as though it was treading water.

There's still much to like here, and Insurgence is well worth reading for its detail and continued beautiful exploration of developing AI minds
Jack Deighton
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
The conflict between the Acceleration and the Reaction which resurrected itself in the first book of Macleods trilogy, The Corporation Wars: Dissidence is here being promulgated further. As in that previous instalment of MacLeods Corporation Wars trilogy much of the story here takes place inside sims, the terraformed SH-0 being joined in this instance by one based on a fantasy role-playing game centred round magic. While in these environments philosophical and political issues are discussed by ...more
Ken Richards
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars.
The second volume of 'Corporation Wars', picks up in the aftermath of the apparent repulsion of the 'Direction' assault on the inconvenient self aware robots of moonlet SH-17, which have challenged the manifest destiny of humanity in the first volume 'Dissidence'. Of course, it is not so simple. The suspect loyalty of uploaded human consciousnesses, existing in rival corporation AI controiled 'sims' of Arcane Impulses and Locke Provisos makes for messy and all too human complications.
Chris Nagy
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Intelligent and fun story of divisive factions wrangling over a habitable planet in another solar system. The back cover got it wrong, at least for this installment. The prize is SH-0(super habitable planet), not DH-17.
Full of dialogue, maybe too much, but very well written with lots of intrigue.
I can't wait for the third volume.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, reviewed
Essentially a direct continuation of the first book, so do not start here! It's more of the same, for better or for worse - absolutely fascinating ideas, interesting discussions, kind of flat characters and robots you care about.

I enjoyed:

- the library and the exploration of the Direction's culture
- Jax's entire character arc and how it culminates in one heck of a neat scene
- EVERYTHING about Baser, a good robot who got the short end of the stick

I disliked:

- the argument that because animals
Kevin Huff
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What to believe when your whole existence is within a simulation. Who do you trust when it appears as though the other-side in the "last world war" has snuck it way into your future after life death sentence. All these questions and more will not be answered in this book.
David Scrimshaw
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, not as much as the previous one, perhaps because it spends less time with the robots. But I'm eager for The Corporation Wars: Emergence.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Quirky space opera, #2 of a trilogy. (The third one should be out this fall.) Way too complicated to summarize, and if you think too hard about it I'm not sure the premise entirely holds together. So don't think too hard - just go along for the ride.
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
devoured this one too, it felt... too short, once more Kens politics are not subtle or casually hidden, we're made very clear who the good and bad people are, the motivations could be said to be a tad black and white, but i'm happy to listen to peter kenny.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favourite passage from the series comes from book two.

The place was a goddamn fantasy RPG upgraded to unfeasible levels of resolution and verisimilitude to be an R&R environment for the ghosts of walking dead space warriors who went into battle by haunting the frames of small sturdy robots.
Bill Reynolds
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review pending finishing the trilogy.
Michael Coats
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Continues the philosophical exploration with these characters. It's great fun for tech nerds, sci fi fans, and students of philosophy.
Steven Raszewski
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very good a page turner. Also very bizarre and illogical to say the least.
Kevin Cros
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Interesting concept, enjoyed it at first then got a bit bored of the story's development. Maybe I should read the rest.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Everything is in simulation so is anything human? Still all war
Kent  R
Apr 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Boring plot
Matthew Talbert
This book seemed to get lost in a lot of detail and seemingly irrelevant plot lines
Kat  Hooper
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
will review at
Michel Sizaire
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm really enjoying this series
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Nice cliffhanger at the end... First book was a bit easier I think. This one felt sometimes very messy. Looking forward to the next episode nonetheless
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am looking forward to the next one. Neat space 'combat' scenes broken down into detail, plus some law and philosophy and arguably no 'human' characters. Well done.
Guillaume Guine
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite nice reading

Waiting the next one, nice flavours and complications with ai and others simulated mines...good mix of old fashion and fresh twists
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
A bit messy and busy for not really getting that far. At least there's less "exo".
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting sequel to future AI/robot/human wars, although a little bit less war-sy this time and more strategic fighting for territory.
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Ken MacLeod is an award-winning Scottish science fiction writer.

His novels have won the Prometheus Award and the BSFA award, and been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards. He lives near Edinburgh, Scotland.

MacLeod graduated from Glasgow University with a degree in zoology and has worked as a computer programmer and written a masters thesis on biomechanics.

His novels often explore socialist,

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