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The Unincorporated War (Unincorporated Man #2)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  851 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
The Kollin brothers introduced their future world, and central character Justin Cord, in The Unincorporated Man. Justin created a revolution in that book, and is now exiled from Earth to the outer planets, where he is an heroic figure.

The corporate society which is headquartered on Earth and rules Venus, Mars, and the Orbital colonies, wants to destroy Justin and reclaim h
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Published May 11th 2010 by Tor Books (first published May 1st 2010)
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Tim Hayes
Absolutely horrible, and almost certainly a crime against science fiction as a genre. As competent an exploration of the soft sciences (sociology) as was present in the prequel The Unincorporated Man, the authors managed to prove, before they were even out of the first chapter, that they should not ever include mention of the hard sciences in their future works; not only do they lack the theoretical background necessary to be informed, they also lacked the motivation to do even basic research (s ...more
CV Rick
Oct 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Is this really what gets past editors now?

Here's what is right with this book - it has an interesting premise and a fairly decent plot structure.

Here is what is wrong with this book:
1. Cardboard Characters.
There isn't a single believable character in this whole book. Not one with realistic motivations or actions. This is what happens when ideologues with no life experience try their hand at social commentary. Bureaucracy is bad - so everyone in the book who represents an organization of any siz
Heather Pagano
Jun 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Avatars, personal incorporation, battle fatigue, mind control, a controversial view on the return of religion: this book had so many interesting ideas, which is probably why I was extra disappointed by the storytelling. I did not enjoy the storytelling because I could not engage with the characters.

Characters in the book felt like engineered aspects of the author's premise. Never for one moment did I feel as though the characters had any life of their own. In most cases characters were completel
Clay Kallam
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
“The Unincorporated War” (Tor, 462 pages, $25.99) isn’t as good a read as the first book in what appears to be a trilogy, “The Unincorporated Man,” but it’s still a solid, old-fashioned, Solar System space opera. We’ve got the plucky folks out in the asteroid belt battling the evil dictator of Earth and Mars, we’ve got grand battles in space, we’ve got treachery and plots and love affairs and all sorts of action.

Unfortunately, Dani and Eytan Kollin (brothers) lost some of the momentum of “The Un
Paul Reinheimer
Mar 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Where the first book struck a delicate balance between the ideas of self-incorporation and the story of Justin Cord, this book ignores the first topic entirely. That in hand you're left with a sci-fi book with two waring factions. The stories of the battles aren't particularly memorable, neither are the politics. I feel like the first book stood on two crutches, having one pulled out in the second really hurt the book overall.
Jennifer Kyrnin
The first book was excellent, but they should have stopped there. This book was slow, formulaic and annoying. I really hated how the "genius" military people always seemed to have the perfect defense or strategy with nothing more than a hunch. And Neela was just lame, no spoilers but what happened with her seemed gratuitous. I gave up on the book right then.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what happened between the first book and this one, but I didn't like this one at all. There wasn't really any further looks at the weird sociology of the future world, or anything interesting. This was, at best, mediocre space opera. And it was _so tedious_. It dragged _on_ and _on_ and _ooooonnnnnn_. I couldn't wait for it to be over.

I spent the first half hoping that it would get good, and the last half knowing that it wouldn't, but wanting to just finish it. I probably won't read
Barry Smith
This is the second book in the series that starts with The Unincorporated Man. This book was a fun read and definitely a page turner. If you read the first book I do recommend that you pick this one up and continue the series. It picks up the narrative and continues it in a larger universe of war between the Alliance and the UHF. It is always fun to read a novel series as you get to learn more about characters that you have bought into.

What I struggled with most in this book is that it has lost
D.L. Morrese
In the world envisioned by this story, not only are corporations people, but people are corporations. They buy and sell shares of one another and pay dividends to their shareholders in a capitalist dystopia. It’s an interesting premise for a soft science fiction story, and it is why I picked up this book at the local public library last week.

The Unincorporated War begins with the Alliance (essentially all human colonies in the solar system that are beyond the orbit of Mars) in a lopsided war wit
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
After reading The Unincorporated Man I wrote in the review: "This is what a science fiction novel should be," and the Kollin Brothers did not let me down with their sequel. The Kollin Brothers are without doubt the best new sci-fi authors since John Scalzi hit the scene with Old Man's War in 2006.

The Unincorporated War is a much different story than The Unincorporated Man, and in a lot of ways that's very risky. But the only way to write a good sequel is to keep taking risks as big as the ones i
Sep 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I liked the first book better, The Unincorporated Man. This 2nd book in the series was a little too military sci-fi for me. I thought the first book had some very creative ideas behind it. Now Justin is the president of the Alliance (how did he go so fast from the One Free Man to the head of a huge Alliance at war?) and they're battling it out in space for most of the book. Book #1 raised questions that made you think, book #2 is more of a space opera.

I'm more
Michael Drakich
First of all, I would like to point out that I did not read the earlier book, The Unincorporated Man. I picked up this book at my local bookstore based on the blurb.

At the beginning, it showed all the promise of a standard space opera with descriptive space battles and your classic huge underdog Alliance against the evil UHF. Although unrealistic with the heavily outgunned Alliance winning stunning upset victories and the characters polarized as either very good or very evil, it had a level of f
This book was not as good as The Unincorporated Man by quite a bit. There was too much discussion and not enough space opera action. You would think that a sci-fi book with "war" in the title would have lots of space battles and action packed fights. Not this one, this book was pretty boring. There are lots of discussions about religion and society but not a whole lot of sci-fi action. The Unincorporated Man was good because it was a whole new world and Justin Cord was learning about it with us. ...more
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this and am excited to see where it goes. I don't think it quite lived up to the first one, but I never think the second books ever do >.<

In this sequel to The Unincorporated Man, war has broken out between the core planets and the outer civilizations following attempts at force "psych-audits" of the people from the outer alliance and the unincorporated man himself.

First of all, it kills me anytime someone says "anyways." I'm sure in 300 years, as language is living, that co
Anna Phoenix
The first in the series (the unincorporated man) drew me in and astounded me with its volume - in characterization and attention to detail, at times a bit of a slog but utterly worth the time. That's the only reason I would have picked this one up.

I normally steer clear of war stories, real or fictional, because I have trouble visualizing and following the action. I had put this one off for just that reason - and now I wish I hadn't, because it would have been even better had I still had the fir
Ken Lavine
An interesting premise but I was left vaguely unsatisfied by many elements of the story. The focal(?) point of the story is the idea of personal incorporation ... the idea that people sell shares of themselves into a marketplace and it is the "invisible hand" of the market that ultimately determines your place in society. The war that ensues is between the core systems (Earth and Mars) who support the idea of incorporation and the outer alliance systems (Jupiter, Saturn, the Asteroid Belt, et al ...more
If you liked "The Unincorporated Man" then you'll enjoy "The Unincorporated War", and if you've not read that, you should do so first as the story is directly continued from the end of the first book. I found this an enjoyable, put slightly flawed, follow-up.

The idea of the Avatars, only briefly touched upon in the first book, was interesting and I was looking forward to their world being expanded upon. Unfortunately I have the same problem with the description of the Avatars, their civilisation
Jun 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2010
Not nearly as good as the first one. I still liked it quite a bit though. If it was a stand alone book I read for the first time I would give it 4 stars, it's only 3 compared to the first.

This is the first book I have read on a Kindle. No I did not buy a Kindle, I won it. Really. Zions wantd me to give money to the United Way and then they entered my name into a drawing and I won a Kindle. Pretty cool eh!?! Since the Kindle cost more than my donation, this was actually a profitable charitable ac
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I should start by revealing that I know the authors of this book, and therefore I am biased.

I loved it. In my defense, I am fairly certain I would have loved this book even if I didn't kow them.

Dani and Eytan Kollin have created a genuine, dreaming-of-the-future, shiny/grimy science fiction universe with their Unincorporated series. Unincorporated Man started things off in the best space opera fashion, exploring deep concepts and the nature of humanity in a novel and imaginative setting. Unincor
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, this is a fun book. I like the premise of the series a lot. However, I have some problems with the writing. The dialog often doesn't sound like things people would actually say. The characters also usually feel like they're one dimensional, we only see them doing one thing, and they do that really well (most of them). Many of the characters are also almost unbelievably good at what they do (but I can mostly ignore that by saying that the cream rises to the top, and there are, what, 40 billio ...more
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure it is time to rate this book. It ends with so very many plot points unresolved that it is basically incomplete. I'll have to read the next one (two?) to figure out where this thing goes.

On a positive note, many of the very creative ideas about future society are taken to their logical ends in a very thought provoking discussion of rights, freedom and even religion - all within the confines of an epic space battle.

Yep - space battles. While the last book went with flying cars, thi
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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C. Conner
Jun 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible novel!

The only positive thing I can say (listened to on audio) is the narrator did a decent job.

Nothing halts forward momentum of a story like dialogue and much of the book deals with people doing little except talking to one another. Most of the action is either summarized or else told from the mundane perspective of a news segment.

I find most mediocre books use an excessive amount of "to be" verbs and these novelists load their writing shotguns with "to be" verbs, which are peppered t
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in a series that started with "The Unincorporated Man", and continues with "The Unincorporated Woman" and "The Unincorporated Future". The "Unincorporated War" is a war for individual freedom versus a very interesting version of brutal collective slavery. The implementation of this slavery could almost fool one into thinking it is a good thing -- but slavery it remains. The war turns really nasty and brutal, and the good side (the "Alliance") begins to show signs of turni ...more
Stephen Paul
The Unincorporated War is an amazing book about the Alliance revolution against the corporate core slavers in The Unincorporated Man. This book deals with heavy spacial warfare as well as political red tape during the war. Overall, I thought the book was pretty good, but I didn't think it was quite as good as the first. It lacked the amount of mysterious revealings of both characters and ideas.
One thing I truly loved about the book was the standpoint of the warfare. The story focuses less on th
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks


I was not as intrigued by this one as I was by their last novel. I thought the whola avatarity plot could have been thrown out the airlock and the story wouldn't have suffered a bit. Actually might have improved the plot lines as this book was incredibly long!

They dropped a few gigantic grey-bombs at the end there and then summed everything up with a "to be continued..." cop-out.

Dangit! I might have to read their next one just to finish off the story for myself.

We'll see...
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is part 2 in their "Unincorporated" series. The considered misfits of the outer planetary rim, the miners, fight an overwhelmingly lopsided battle.
They are helped by their ingenuity and wild west mentality along with some unexpected allies. The twisted threads start to intertwine as the story progresses. Humans become inhuman as war usually dictates and the non humans start developing human, both good and bad traits.
Looking forward to the third in the series. Interesting discourse so far!
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
I had a real on again, off again relationship with this book. For parts of it, I was forcing myself to go on. But other parts were very engaging. Then I got to the completely lame ending and I really gotta wonder if this book was produced in a hurry after the first one in the series unexpectedly sold well and a trilogy was requested by the publishers... On the other hand, I haven't read the first book either - maybe it was just as lame a cliffhanger.
This is barely a three book on average, think
Lhavanya Dl
Definitely not as good as the first. Perhaps because the novelty of the concepts had worn off and anyway the book did not focus much on that. It was basically a typical sci-fi war set in outer space and battle tactics type of book. A tad cumbersome to read, then again no more so than any other book of its type and length.

The ending really left me wanting to read the third though. I definitely did not see that coming.

If you've read the previous book, well then, might as well read this one.
Fred Hughes
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating study on what happens when the government steps aside and lets big business run the world. Everyone is their own private corporation however they only start out with 20% of themselves in stock and have to buy back their shares.

In this book (2nd of 2 in the series) the so called "President" of the USA, the part that survived the weather bomb at least, is trying something in South Africa that if it escapes could wipe out the worlds population.

A great end of the world adventur
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