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(Semiosis Duology #2)

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The sequel to Sue Burke's sweeping SF epic debut, Semiosis, continues in Interference as the colonists and a team from Earth confront a new and more implacable intelligence.

Over two hundred years after the first colonists landed on Pax, a new set of explorers arrives from Earth on what they claim is a temporary scientific mission.

But the Earthlings misunderstand the
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Semiosis was one of my absolute favorites last year. If Goodreads can accomodate six stars, I'd rated it that high. The POV characters, the dynamics, the survival story, the generational saga, and most of all, the intelligent plants, captivated me till the very last page and made me googled bamboos and what it could do to me. You know, just in case.

Interference introduced us to a set of characters from Earth, which unfortunately were not as interesting as the Pax colonists. I don't mind that
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
The ongoing saga of planet Pax and its (VERY!) intelligent plants. In this sequel, a scientific expedition from Earth, 55 light years away, travels to Pax to see what has become of the group that left Earth for Pax several hundred years early. Many misunderstandings ensue, as well as some understandings. Stevland, the Most Intelligent Plant of All (TM), considers whether to let the Earth visitors know of his existence, and how to get his rainbow bamboo-like seeds back to Earth when the visitors ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
Not quite as excellent as the first book, but still very good. I liked the main part of the story involving the arrival of people from Earth at the Pax settlement, which had much of the expected outcomes.

What I wanted more of was what was really going on in Laurentia, and also, an expansion of what was touched on in the Epilogue. I know this is supposed to be the second book in a duology, but these open ended parts of the story made Interfence feel almost more like the middle book of a trilogy.
The sequel to Semiosis starts out fantastically. I loved the amount of worldbuilding that had gone into this future Earth and the kinds of people they would be putting on a spaceship to interfere with Pax.

Ya gotta love the vagarities of human ignorance. It doesn't matter what we do or what we try, we always seem to f*** everything up.

So here we have an invasive species (us) doing what we do ALL OVER AGAIN on Pax. At least Steveland and the other locals have had an opportunity to get along for
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
I had trouble to remember the book title, whilst reading this. In my head I was reading Inheritance. You have to deal with what you were given, good or bad. That holds true for Karola from Earth as much as for the people on Pax.

I made an effort to finish Semiosis, because I liked the world-building so much. I wasnt a fan of the pacing or the tone. So I went into this with some trepidation. And it took me longer than usual to read the first two chapters. At which point I was pretty much done and
Dawn C
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I... dont quite know what to say? This was such an unusual and unique experience. All the anthropology is deeply fascinating, the society on Pax and the sentient bamboo, the glassmakers, the talking animals, who all live in a strange symbiosis incomprehensible to the Earthlings who come to visit the human settlers on Pax.

The language barrier, their misunderstandings, the family dynamics, etc, are all done so believable and make everyone seem truly alien to each other despite sharing language and
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

To be honest, I was a little surprised when I found out Semiosis was getting a sequel. I had felt the book ended in a good place, with a satisfying conclusion that capped off a multi-generational narrative in the best way possible. But because I enjoyed myself so much, I certainly wasnt going to complain about a chance to return to Pax, the alien planet on which these books take placenot even when I discovered the story
Peter Tillman
Off to a great start -- I'm about 1/3 in ( 11/9/19 ). Her invented ecology -- & scary animals! -- on Pax are truly remarkable. And the Glassmaker aliens have been fleshed out into a more believable & interesting species. Not to mention, interesting individuals. Scary-fast-- and smart! I'd be surprised if this one doesn't earn 5 stars from me. And it's enough of a stand-alone that you could read it by itself. But I'd still read #1 first, if I were you.

This is a book where I kept slowing
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it

This is the second of apparently only two books about the planet Pax. In book 1, humans arrived from Earth in search of a habitable planet. This second book shows events about 100 years later.

Steveland is still the de facto ruler of the city where humans live alongside Glassmakers (insectile creatures also not native to Pax). One day, more humans arrive from Earth and ... interfere (yes, its in the title).

What I liked especially was the beginning with the oppressive system on Earth that was
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Interference. It was a fascinating read that I couldn't wait to finish. Sort of a murder mystery/scientific exploration/new world novel, this is the sequel to Semiosis--but you don't *need* to have read the first book to understand this one. It provides backstory for Stevland and the colonists but if you haven't read Semiosis (or did so back when it first came out and only sort of remember the details) you'll do just fine with Interference.

The story is told from the
This one continues the story of the Pax colonists and their relationship with the intelligent life forms they've formed a community with. This time, dealing with their contact with yet another potentially-intelligent life form as well as visitors from Earth.

The first book in this series was told in a generational style, skipping between narrators and eras. Except for a chapter at the end, this book keeps within the one timeframe, but from various perspectives, two of which are non-human
Jessica Woodbury
At first I struggled a little bit to get into this. The first chapter isn't set on Pax and then when we did move to Pax, it wasn't just as I remembered it and I felt a bit disoriented. Eventually I relaxed and let myself get into it. Structurally, INTERFERENCE is quite different from SEMIOSIS.

The first book's real strength was the way it moved us through time and we saw a society evolve and change, especially as they encountered other sentient life on an alien planet. The second book has,
The first book in this series, Semiosis was the best book I read last year and an all-time favorite, so I was really looking forward to the sequel. It started out interestingly enough on a future earth where the cloned descendants of the person responsible for the death of most humans is continuously punished to atone for their dead ancestor's sin. A new group travels to the planet Pax where we previously colonized. But the travelers' hearts mainly aren't in it. They've been forced to make the ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While not as riveting as the first book in this duology, this was still a really good book. This time, Earth, in the middle of environmental disasters and wars, sends an expedition to Pax. The members of the expedition are scientists, but so full of bias and arrogance that it's a wonder they were on the team at all. The people of Pax are less than enthused at the expedition's arrival, and hide Stevland from them. The situation's tense and devolves fairly rapidly, which was pretty much what I ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fine conclusion to the duology, with possibilities for more stories in this universe.
Would have preferred the pacing to be a bit tighter, and at points there was needless repetition, but I loved the themes and the story was endlessly readable.
Hélène Louise
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I read and loved the first book of the dualogy, Semiosis and if you appreciated it as I did, no doubt that Interference will enthusiasm you.
After a first part (with and incredibly disturbing dystopian reality), the narrative
form is rather similar as in the first book, with various narrators, which offer a wide array of point of view, for a fantastic show don't tell story.
For the first time we benefit from an outside point of view, which is really exciting. The realism of the situation is still
The Captain
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Be advised that this be the second book in the series.  While I try to post no spoilers, if ye havent read the first and keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

I loved the first book of this duology so much that I requested book two as soon as I saw it and didn't even read the blurb.  I happily went in blind.  Upon completion, there be no
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A creative and enjoyable sequel to the brilliant Semiosis. The humans are mostly shallow and selfish, but the real hero is Stevland, the intelligent rainbow bamboo!

My full review at the New York Journal Review of Books:
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Sue Burke's sequel to Semiosis, which was a terrific debut. The sequel may be even better. I'm a third way in and it's got me hooked.

So far, and I'll update this in a bit, it's following a more linear story form, where the first novel was a collection of short stories or novellas spanning subsequent generations colonizing the planet Pax, which has sentient plants and the decendents of other alien colonists, the Glassmakers.

Now the colonists, the central plant intelligence that helps
Rift Vegan
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
oh. So many issues. So much I need to say. I wanted to love this book as much as the first. but, no, everything changed with this book...

The book starts out from the perspective of someone on Earth. Earth is bad. Not too bad, but bad. It's needed background, for sure, but I wanted to get to Pax already.

But the character we get on Pax is an arrogant jerk. I seriously wanted to throw the book across the room and then stomp on it, Arthur is such a piece of shit. Except I'm reading on my kindle, so
William S.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intelligent sci-fi

This book is a thoughtful piece which, admittedly groans a bit but does have exciting parts. Pax is somehow lucky enough to have been colonized by three different alien species. The humans have figured out how to survive by joining forces with the glassmakers and a native bamboo that thinks. The bamboo is able to control by bearing fruit it can alter in various ways. It has entered into an agreement with humans to only alter its fruit for beneficial purposes so it creates a
Luke Burrage
A book which didn't add all that much to the original novel, and has a different story structure, but also contained quite a lot of clever story ideas and continues the good world building.

Full review on my podcast, SFBRP episode #414

I absolutely loved Semiosis and Interference continues some of the same fascinating and original ideas - this time about two centuries after the first humans settled on Pax. I love the world building, the relationship and interaction between plants, animals and humans, as well as the impact of humans on this strange world. I did, though, find it harder to engage with this novel and the structure hampered the development of the story, making it feel painfully slow at times. Nevertheless, I ...more
Jacqueline Langille
I think the best review I could give this book is that I wanted it to keep going. I'm not usually a fan of long books, so that's saying something. Sue Burke's writing style is fresh and vivid, and I could barely put the book down I was so involved in the plot. I highly recommend this Duology that starts with Semiosis, but it's hard to talk about the plot without spoilers. Humans colonize a planet far from Earth ... And then discover they are not alone. What a pleasure to read books by Tor that ...more
Solid follow-up to Semiosis. Like it's predecessor, I kinda want to know more about what's going to happen. But I think that's just part of the package with this type of story.
Sadly, I didn't like this nearly as much as book 1, Semiosis. Bad case of sequelitis, I think.

Interference isn't structured the same way its predecessor was. Semiosis was told essentially through a series of basically self-contained novellas that occurred in sequence over the course of multiple generations, each with a different main character; in this one, almost the entire story takes place within the span of a few weeks, with each section of the story bouncing to a different character's head.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The perfect sequel to an amazing novel. I'm only disappointed that this is a duology, I want more about Pax! What happens back on Earth? !!!
Sarah B
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"We shouldn't judge because we all felt the power, a power greater than us, a power that took them and made them act, just as it tried to make us all bend to it's will."

That sentence describes what a lot of this story is about: power. Who has it, who wants it and what the ones in control do with it.. notice I did not say people because a lot of the characters in here are not human as you probably know. They are other races wether it be the insect-like Glassmakers or various plants. We are also
Jamie Collins
If you liked Semiosis, and I do suggest reading that one first, then youll like this as well; its much the same. I like colonization fiction, and the setting here is very interesting. I did have problems with the odd behavior of the characters.

An expedition has been sent from Earth to investigate the Pax colony, which is now two centuries old, and seems to consist of a single city occupied by the human colonists and the alien Glassmakers, living and working mostly in peace. Their technology
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, lived briefly in Austin, Texas, y'all, and moved with my husband to Madrid, Spain, in December 1999. Then back to the US, specifically Chicago, in July 2016.

I've worked for forty years as a journalist, both as a reporter and editor, and I translate from Spanish to English.

I also write poetry, essays, and fiction, especially science fiction.

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