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The Shoreless Sea

(Liminal Sky: The Ariadne Cycle #3)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  14 reviews
As the epic trilogy hurtles toward its conclusion, the fight for the future isn’t over yet. It could lead to a new beginning, or it might spell the end for the last vestiges of humankind. The generation ship Forever has left earth behind, but a piece of the old civilization lives on in the Inthworld—a virtual realm that retains memories of earth's technological wonders and ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by DSP Publications
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Joyfully Jay
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

The books are all well-written and the pace is brisk as we jump from mind to mind in this menagerie of POV story. It’s a masterful job to keep all the storylines working together and building upon one another. Like The Rising Tide, The Shoreless Sea has three parts that span three timeframes and three existential threats to the humans and virtual entities aboard Forever. It’s an epic story with a firm foot in the sci-fi genre. I really enjoyed the ethical and mora
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rounded up to 4.5 stars.

This is not a romance book or series. There are GLBTQ romantic elements, but this is predominantly science fiction.

As with the other two books, this is divided into three parts. Part One is established the characters and plot. Part Two moves the threat forward in time. Part Three is end/beginning of a new era. Each part advances the time line by a decade. Reading the first two books would be integral in establishing why everyone is on this ship and the impetus behind th
A.M. Leibowitz
This entire trilogy has been a wild ride. It’s science fiction, yes, but there’s an element of magic in it too. The technology in this future world is living and breathing, and many of the inhabitants have developed gifts. The world building is wonderful and detailed. It really does help to have read previous installments to have a better grasp on it, though I would also recommend starting from the beginning for the sheer fascination of watching it all unfold.

One of my favorite types of story is
Heena Rathore P.

The Shoreless Sea by J. Scott Coatsworth is the 3rd book in the series Liminal Sky and my third book by author J. Scott Coatsworth.

Wow! What a smashing ending to a brilliant series! If I have to sum up this series in a single sentence, I would say that all the time I put into reading this series was well worth it and I am really happy that I read it. For some reason (and a valid one too) I am a little sceptical when I am offered a series to review because more often than not, authors tend t
Keith Lane
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I admit I had not heard of J. Scott Coatsworth before I discovered Queer Sci Fi through a Facebook post from someone else. I checked out the website and signed up for the newsletter and in so doing received three books from authors being featured that month.

Of course, being the inquisitive person I am and always looking for potential guests for our podcast, I wrote to Scott and asked a number of questions. We went back and forth (I am sure he thought I was crazy at first, maybe still does) and f
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We come to the final book in this amazing trilogy! Twelve different time periods, so many characters, relationships and plots that bring together the overall story arc of Liminal Sky and the journey through space of Forever, humanity’s chance at survival. Again the book is split into three parts, focusing on separate events that have a huge impact on the population of Forever and their possible future.

In part one, 2207AD, Forever has expanded after attaching itself to another asteroid. There is
Anne Barwell
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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As with all the books I’ve read by this author, the world building is fabulous, and well thought out. One of the reasons I’ve enjoyed this series so much is the glimpses of a world over several generations as it’s grown from its beginning as a seed to a rich society and world. I love the idea of a fully realised world on a generation ship powered by a world mind. I also thought the idea of the Inthworld was very clever, especially with its exploration of the definition of reality not just in reg ...more
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Pixie for MM Good Book Reviews Follow the link for J. Scott Coatsworth blog tour giveaway! (ends 29th October 2019)

The Shoreless Sea starts in 2207AD 19yrs after the end of The Rising Tide. The Shoreless Sea is spilt in three parts with the last part set in the year 2229AD. The first two parts are concentrated on the threat from the Inthworld while the third part is centered on the threat from the Government.

The Shoreless Sea is not a book that can be read as a standalone it must be
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great conclusion to the series. I've got confused a few times with all the intricate inthworlds created by Jackson and how they have overlapped each other and were spilling into the worldmind of the current new world.
It was a wonderful adventure and I'm sad it's over though I'm very happy with the conclusion.
I loved these series and can see now how they somewhat connected to Oberon's Cycle series I've read before starting this trilogy.
I love SciFi and I'm a fan of Scott's writing, so I've enjo
Joscelyn Smith
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author caught my attention with book one, The Stark Divide, then doubled down and totally hooked me with book two, The Rising Tide, and now book three, The Shoreless Sea has provided me with an amazing conclusion to this engaging series. I'm sad that this is the end but I have no doubt that I will be revisiting this compelling story world by rereading the series over and over again. I highly recommend this entire series that chronicles mankind's fight to survive and make a future for the las ...more
Erica Robyn Metcalf
If you’re looking for an amazing fantasy filled with action and wonderfully diverse characters and relationships, The Shoreless Sea by J. Scott Coatsworth is a must read for you!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my review in any way.

Have I mentioned how much I love when authors recap what has happened in the series to catch the reader up to speed?! This author added a wonderful recap to get the readers back
4.5 out of 5 stars

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As the epic trilogy hurtles toward its conclusion, the fight for the future isn’t over yet. It could lead to a new beginning, or it might spell the end for the last vestiges of humankind.

The generation ship Forever has left Earth behind, but a piece of the old civilization lives on in the Inthworld—a virtual realm that retains memories of Earth's technological wonders and vices. A being named Lilith leads the uprising, and if she succeeds in setting its inhabitant
E.M. Hamill
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant ending to the trilogy.

This series is fantastic science fiction. Coatsworth writes amazing characters and a fascinating look at generation ships, artificial intelligence, and building a new society after the fall of Earth as we knew it. This third book is just as exciting as the first two, with some of our old beloved friends from the first two books as well as new characters who must find a way to subvert a dangerous, out of control AI who wants to destroy Forever and its citizens i
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have been waiting to see how this very talented author was going to wrap up his  Liminal Sky trilogy.  The preceding stories (The Stark Divide #1 and The Rising Tide #2) were both marvelous feats of LGBTQIA science fiction, carrying me along a journey of epic proportions.  So what would the conclusion bring?  A finale to a story that, for the author, has re
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Scott lives with his husband in a leafy Sacramento, California suburb, in a cute yellow house with a pair of pink flamingoes in the front yard.

He has always been in the place between the here and now and the what could be. He started reading science fiction and fantasy at the tender age of nine, encouraged by his mother. But as he read the golden age classics and more modern works too, he started

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Liminal Sky: The Ariadne Cycle (3 books)
  • The Stark Divide (Liminal Sky, #1)
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