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(Semiosis Trilogy #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 natur
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Full review, finally! First posted on FantasyLiterature:

The small colony of humans on the planet Pax, who left Earth a couple of hundred years earlier, have established a cooperative relationship with at least some of the sentient plant life on Pax, as well as a group of nomadic aliens called the Glassmakers, as related in Semiosis. Their technology now is more Stone Age than Information Age; Pax is deficient in metals. So it’s out of the question to return to or even communicate with Earth, whi
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 mos
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.
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 down, not
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 wasn‘t 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
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 q
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 haven’t 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 disappointm
Dawn C
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I... don’t 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 an
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 wasn’t going to complain about a chance to return to Pax, the alien planet on which these books take place—not even when I discovered the stor
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, it‘s in the title).

What I liked especially was the beginning with the oppressive system on Earth that was spa
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 (Stevla
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 perspect
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, mostl
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read
Interference is the sequel to Semiosis,and the two books form a duology that recounts the story of the colonization of a planet called Pax, located some 55 light years from Earth. Pax is a fertile, beautiful, Earth-like planet inhabited by numerous forms of life, indigenous and alien.

Semiosis told the story of how a small group of refugees from an Earth ravaged by ecological disaster and intentional genocide enters into a symbiotic relationship with (at least) two sentient alien species on Pax
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 t ...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 exp ...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.
Camelia Rose
I love the planet Pax and its many intelligent plants and animals, so ecologically rich. Sue Burke has a lot of interesting ideas. Unfortunately, to me, the delivery is poor. The episodic format and constant switching of POVs do no good to the story structure and character development. It's too fragmented and without central themes. ...more
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
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:
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am (proudly so) not a person to walk away from a sentient rainbow bamboo. And the delicious fruits of nutritional nourishment and knowledge it offers. Neither are the colonists of Pax, because otherwise…there wouldn’t be much of a story.
And so we return to the world of Pax, a distant Earthlike planet settled by Earthlings wanting to build a more decent world. But first, a glimpse at the Earth left behind as the 2300s find it, a planet ravaged by wars and privation and rearranged into a creepi
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“There is a second book? But why?” was my initial reaction upon learning that I am in a duology. “Semiosis” was such a lovely rounded-off sugarplum of a novel that I wasn’t sure I wanted a sequel, but Burke has managed to not cock things up completely, which is a feat in itself. It is not as good as the original, and the episodic nature of the story that rolled across centuries is gone and we get a tighter linear narrative predominantly from a single POV, but the whole idea of the Earth actually ...more
Stephen Richter
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the second book Semiosis Duology series. I loved the first book , Semiosis . Easily one of my favorite book from 2019. The second book is just as enjoyable. At its heart a Colonization/First Contact story, but it operates on a lot of different levels. Starts off with a short tale of how it went so wrong on earth. Then the reader is swept off to the planet first discovered in book one and now has these new refugees/explorers on its doorstep. The audio book is excellently narrated and an easy l ...more
Sharman Russell
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s hard to find good science fiction, and this is good science fiction. I liked the first book in this series quite a bit, and the second book is equally pleasing. A sentient plant is one of the main characters, and what could be better than that? The human characters are also interesting and many of them likable—which is refreshing. The insect-like alien characters are not so likable but then that just seems realistic; they are not “bad” insect-like aliens so much as different from us. This i ...more
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 gu
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
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

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 bre
Melinda Gooden
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Semiosis was one of my favorite books last year and I was very happy that there was going to be a sequel. I didn't like Interference as much. The characters from Earth were underdeveloped and somewhat uninteresting. I love the GlassMakers and felt the author did a good job of developing their characters more in this book. What saved the book for me was the ending..... maybe it will be a trilogy? ...more
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want more! I could read about sentient tress all day long. This world is fascinating and the non human characters are great. I want to know more about all the different alien civilizations. I feel like there are so many things the author could explore in more books, I hope she does. I love this even if some parts of the story were a bit underdeveloped.
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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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