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Diving into the Wreck

(Diving Universe #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,747 ratings  ·  221 reviews
Boss loves to dive historical ships, derelict spacecraft found adrift in the blackness between the stars. Sometimes she salvages for money, but mostly she’s an active historian. She wants to know about the past—to experience it firsthand. Once she’s dived the ship, she’ll either leave it for others to find or file a claim so that she can bring tourists to dive it as well. ...more
Paperback, 269 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Pyr (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Look for you who like this book, I'm sorry. I wanted to like this one, it sounded so good.

In my opinion what we have here is another case of great idea, poor execution. The "hook" here is that our protagonist is a wreck diver. She travels through space looking for derelict or abandoned ships. She then explores them or claims them...sometimes she leads tourists on tours through them.

Okay sounds good huh? The thing is... Well there are several things. I got almost halfway through the book (which i
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
OH YAY THIS ISN"T A ROMANCE BOOK! It is, however, a very interesting Sci-Fi tale with extremely interesting world-building and a strong female protagonist. I feel like this book is pretty singular in NOT having a big romance arc.
Basically the main character is a space ship wreck diver, and the peril with which she infuses the dive sequences is more than worth the price of admission here. Haven't seen this much tension infused in a scene the same way since I saw The Abyss for the first time, just
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I give this one good marks for capturing some of the illusion of the “right stuff” held by the heroes of classic sci fi portrayals of spacefarers. As revealed by Tom Wolfe in his account of the U.S. space race, the prototype is the test pilot Chuck Yeager, who was laconic, a self-reliant loner, brave in a matter of fact way, and a stickler for details. The lead character in this tale, known simply as Boss, fits this profile in a female form. In her first-person narrative told in present tense, w ...more
Dec 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-writers, sci-fi
I kinda like the movie Event Horizon, a supposedly horror movie about a missing ship. It has a pretty good cast. A couple British actors you know from Masterpiece or the Harry Potter movies, a couple of American actors you know from TV, Sam Neil, and Laurence Fishborne. It should have been a very good movie. The idea was good, a supposedly haunted or possessed spaceship. In fact, the movie was good until the writers decided they need to kill just about everyone off in really stupid ways. It's a ...more
The Flooze
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it

Diving into the Wreck is comprised of three novellas following a single character through a series of startling discoveries. Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s writing style is very straight-forward and matter-of-fact. She’s efficient in her sentence structure, perfectly reflecting her narrator‘s methodical nature. Despite this lack of elaborate prose, she manages to convey the sense wonder with which her main character (named simply Boss) approaches her work. She's also adept at portraying the dee
Sherwood Smith
Jun 07, 2010 added it
Shelves: sf
This was one of those books that I wanted to be something else. I like tough heroines, but Boss was just so tough, so monotone and distant, often summarizing rather than interacting, that I gradually lost interest, especially when the diving scenes peeled off characters but didn't really seem to add up to much.

I was wildly curious about the room of lost souls, but as the mystery was solved, it became less and less interesting. Boss's family dynamic was probably the most intriguing bit of the nov
Oct 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Have to say I was disappointed with this one. I love KKR's Retrieval Artist series of SF mystery novels.

Not sure if it was done on purpose for some obscure reason, but I was mildly irritated that our main character is never named and barely described. Even when she meets up with her father (after many years of separation), even when a total stranger seeks her out in a bar to do business, she is never named. The back of the book calls her "Boss", but that isn't her name, some of the crew she hir
Medium ok. I own the ebook and borrowed the audio from libby. Libby has the first book broken into 2 novellas. I adjusted my account accordingly.
Simcha Lazarus
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
While I have been an avid fantasy reader for most of my life, it’s only recently that I’ve begun reading science fiction, and those have been mostly older classics. But after reading a couple of interesting reviews of Kristine Rusch’s Diving into the Wreck, I decided that it was time to expand my horizons and try some more modern SF. I also have no experience with SF space adventures- I've never even watched a single episode of Star Track or any of the Star Wars films- so this was my opportunity ...more
Oct 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Diving into the Wreck is a short but excellent science fiction novel by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, who has also written extensively in fantasy, mystery and romance, and is the former editor of the prestigious Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

The main character of Diving into the Wreck, who goes by the name "Boss," is a specialist in the exploration of derelict space ships. Accompanied by a team of specialists, she goes into these abandoned vessels, in a process that is very similar to deep s
Carolyn  Storer
Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Boss is a loner - she seeks out old ships to dive, not to loot, but for its historical value. She also prefers her own company and doesn't really interact with people or have any friends. When she finds a space ship that is five thousand years old, human made and shouldn't be in this sector of space, she groups together a team to help her explore the ship.

Her interactions with her crew are somewhat cold and matter-of-fact, as is her narration. There's no warmth or show of emotion, to her fellow
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Judging a book by it's have seen this kind of cover before, the babe in a skin tight suit in some space craft, the slanted font with red in a back to the future kind of style, hinting of a military sci fi kind of story. Well one could draw that conclusion with Diving the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. I am glad to say that the book was much more than the cover presented, a novel in three parts with a interesting premise of space divers who salvage wrecks, it has that familiarity of ...more
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sff
Very start-and-stop narration; hard to get into it since there was no flow--and lots of repetition of plot points (protagonist makes a decision, explains it to her crew who parrot it back to us/her; v trying). The author is going for the hard-boiled, first person narration, and only partly succeeds; it's hard-boiled, I guess, but it's also stuffed full of one- & two-dimensional characters whose motivations seem linked only to moving the plot forward. Hard-boiled characters can be inexplicable, b ...more
Melissa McShane
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kristine Kathryn Rusch's books fill a very specific niche in my reading--serious SF, a little bleak, with some fascinating explorations of alien mindsets. In this case, it's not so much aliens as humans she's exploring, but the central idea is that some humans can think and do things that might as well be alien to everyone else. This novel was constructed from two stories Rusch published in Asimov's, but you can't see the seams. (I think Rusch is a far better short story writer than novelist, an ...more
Paige Ellen Stone
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Superb stuff and a very seductive beginning to a trilogy. It's been around a while but it is a fine piece of work by a very prolific (several pseudonyms) author. The lead character is a woman of few words, some complexity and infinite intrigue. Rusch's manner of taking us through the on-going self-doubt, self-confidence and self-discovery of this lead character is intriguing, well-written, and, for me, irresistible.
This is a space opera, set far in the future and far away from earth. All of the
R. Alexander
Jun 23, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
When I first saw the concept of the novel, I instantly fell in love with it: Wreck diving in space? Awesome!

But as I got into it, I found that while the story was good, the execution of it started putting me off. Not so much as to stop reading but enough where I stopped enjoying it.

My main issues with the novel are mostly related to the protagonist. Since it was a 1st person POV novel (not usually my favorite POV to be honest) we sent the entire time in her head and the problem with it was she b
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really great ride-along story. Hit all my buttons, and aside from how lame it is not to give your protagonist a name, I really liked it.

Boss is a great strong female protagonist, so I might let the name slide.

There's a great poem that lends the book it's name-- it's in my progress updates if you're interested.
Peter Baran
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Decent bit of far future / post fall of Earth sci fi, which is clearly cut and shut from some short stories / novellas, but nevertheless the tripartite structure that comes out of it is actually quite refreshing. Its a tiny window on a vast Universe and I am not sure how much I want that window opened, as the many follow-ups seem to do, even with the final third having muddy ethical issues around "ultimate weaponry" it has taken some dings on its clean lines. But an enjoyable read with a pleasan ...more
McCartha Sheron
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interdimensional Mystery

A well-told tale of finding a mysterious ship containing interdimensional stealth technology.

The story flows smoothly, filled with tension, and the characters are believable. Interesting ethical questions concerning military technology and its usage are explored.

While this is first in the series, it stands alone, but offers a glimpse of future possible events.

I very much enjoyed it.
VERDICT: 3 stars; maybe 3.5 if I ignore the issues already noticed by other reviewers.

REVIEW: Unnamed protagonist & crew explore big derelict mystery spaceship; the plot thickens. Slow overall, but some tense moments.

DEMERITS FOR: Handwave tech, including unexplained FTL "jump" capability. And really: (view spoiler)

ALIENS? (view
Neil Plakcy
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
It appears like this is a set of three linked novellas -- I liked the first, but couldn't get into the second so gave up.

Science fiction as a genre has always been based on what if.  What if we brought a man back to life?  What if we gave a computer control of a space station?  What if robots had the ability to reason?  Diving Into the Wreck is very much in this tradition, asking what happens when we start to forget technology?  Kristine Kathryn Rusch's answer is: nothing good.  Refreshingly old school, Wreck calls to mind the horrors of cramped space craft, the bleakness of
Ma Chrzaszcz
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This fix-up novel makes for a pleasant read. The characters are vivid and the story imaginative. Kristine Kathryn Rusch created an appealing universe with her Diving series. She as always paints clear pictures without expanding too many words.
Oct 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
I won’t lie, this is precisely the kind of book for me. I love derelict spaceships. It also so happens I love science fiction that incorporates both historical and mysterious elements. The discovery of ancient alien civilizations, the uncovering of here-to-fore unknown knowledge, and the recovery of lost technological wonders are all elements of story that I get consistently excited about. In a sense Diving Into the Wreck manages to cover all those bases (well, the “alien” bit requires a bit of ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another entry in the SF sub-genre of a far future salvage crews finding weirdness in the vacuum of space. Rusch is a competent writer in the vein of Heinlein or Niven. Her protagonist is a competent woman who battles galactic powers as she unravels a mystery with origens in the distant past of human history. This is a quick, fun read, with none of that "why did I waste my time on this" after taste that I experience with so much genre fiction.
Jan 17, 2012 rated it liked it
This is close to a hard sci-fi book. It is an interesting cross between Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space series and Jack McDevitt's Alex Benedict novels. While good, it's more superficial than either of those works, which leaves a bit to be desired.

There are tons of old wrecks of space ships and stations around, and "divers" to exploring them, sometimes for money, sometimes for history, and sometimes just for the thrill. Over the past 5,000 years, humanity has created all manner of dangerous
Apr 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
What a Wreck of a Story

I've never read anything from this author before, however, the premise of this book really appealed to me. I found the mystique of diving into an ancient earth space vessel that leads to another dimension very intriguing. Especially since said vessel's technology dates backs before a time for its own potential to exist.

Unfortunately, this story didn't intrigued me as I had hoped. I was very disappointed with how the discovery of another dimension
Mar 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Two things prevented me from liking this one:

1) The technical details of space exploration seemed totally inaccurate. (Example: modern technology has allowed for 5 hour space walks without particular trouble, but future people seem to be limited to 2 hours. Modern space suits are made of Kevlar, which is very resistant to tears and relatively safe even for small tears, but future suits tear easily and even a pinprick can be fatal.) It seems to me the author wrote a book about deep sea diving, bu
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This book was incredibly hard to put down. Kristine Kathryn Rusch does an excellent job of building atmosphere—an interesting accomplishment considering the book is set almost entirely in space. The main character, known only as Boss, finds and explores (and sometimes later exploits with semi-guided tours) space derelicts. The action of the novel centers on relics that are, for some reason or another, "impossible"—relics that couldn't, rationally, be where or what they are.

While reading it, I ke
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it

Diving into the Wreck, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is a novel that grew out of a couple of Reader's Choice Award-winning novellas published in Asimov's. I liked it fine. It's about a woman (called only 'Boss') who dives wrecked spaceships, largely for historical interest. The book is really focussed on the dangers of those dives, playing up the tension pretty effectively. This is not science fiction where people happily don spacesuits a
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Kristine Kathryn Rusch is an award-winning mystery, romance, science fiction, and fantasy writer. She has written many novels under various names, including Kristine Grayson for romance, and Kris Nelscott for mystery. Her novels have made the bestseller lists –even in London– and have been published in 14 countries and 13 different languages.

Her awards range from the Ellery Queen Readers Choice Aw

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