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Infinity's Shore

(Uplift Storm Trilogy #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  7,676 ratings  ·  88 reviews
For the fugitive settlers of Jijo, it is truly the beginning of the end. As starships fill the skies, the threat of genocide hangs over the planet that once peacefully sheltered six bands of sapient beings. Now the human settlers of Jijo and their alien neighbors must make heroic—and terrifying—choices. A scientist must turn against the benefactors she's been trained to lo ...more
Paperback, 644 pages
Published November 3rd 1997 by Spectra (first published 1996)
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Ben Babcock
Dec 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Storyline: 4/5
Characters: 3/5
Writing Style: 2/5
World: 4/5

A creative confusion unburdened by the strictures of brevity. Infinity's Shore is unpolished and unrestrained in the same way as the Uplift series has been all along. Despite the unnecessary profusion of characters perspectives, the staccato snippets of parallel storylines, and the distraction of ever-burgeoning galactic side-machinations, Brin tells a great story. For suspense, excitement, and wondrous developments there is not another Up
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Run-of-the-mill genre SF, hastily written for a market. The plot creaks as it winds through its predictable twists and turns. The action, however, is made confusingly hard to follow due to the author’s trick of creating cheap tension by switching back and forth from one storyline to another at critical moments. The characters are stock and overdue for retirement from Sci-fi Central Casting. The heroes are neatly labeled and satisfyingly invulnerable, even when they suffer grievous wounds and tra ...more
Sep 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sciencefiction
Call this one a 2.5 star book. I do want to know what happens. There are plenty of cliffhangers throughout and some big ones at the end. I like some of the characters, Dwer, Emerson, Rety, maybe Gillian. The aliens are cool and very different from any other aliens I've read about in 30 years of reading Science Fiction. So I give him a lot of points for originality and inventiveness. He seems to think up new and different alien species effortlessly. The science is good, which is a huge plus.

Kelly Flanagan
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Brin is fast becoming another of my favorite authors. Especially with this series. I do love the alien races he has created, and the way they are able to mesh together on the planet Jijo as they don't anywhere else in the universe. The idea of all sapient races having been 'uplifted' by a patron race except Humans.
The whole premise of his universe and peoples are intricate and all consuming. I couldn't put either of the books in this series down until I finished them.
While I wish this book was a bit more tightly written with less POV characters it did seem to move the story forward and give me hope that the final book in the trilogy will tie together all the different dangling threads. This was a rather long audio clocking in at a bit over 26 hours so thankfully the narration by George Wilson was excellent.
Adam Whitehead
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Peace has endured on the world of Jijo, where six races shelter from the wider civilisation of the Five Galaxies, for decades. That peace has now been shattered by the arrival of a starship of the Jophur, a powerful Galactic race, searching for the fugitive Terran exploration vessel Streaker and the billion-year-old secrets it contains. As members of the six races struggle to survive under the brutal Jophur occupation, the crew of the beleaguered Streaker realise they must draw the Jophur away f ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just as with the first book in the Uplift Storm trilogy, there's a lot of complexities with aliens and human mentalities and sociological subplots. Brin is the best world builder as he includes so many plots points and flavors... I know its too much for some people. But I love it, for exactly the same reason I dislike Lord of The Ring... too many details that make it more of a travelogue than a novel.

BUT... here the characters aren't just walking through a landscape and taking it in and maybe re
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The previous book was confusing to read as there were too many characters being shifted between which was headache inducing but improved as the centers of action resolved. This book brings fully into play the story plot involving the Streaker's crew from Startide Rising which was a glad addition as open ending of that book always left me wanting to know their fate.

There is still two many point of view characters that make the reading a bit painful. The conversion of one of the point of view char
Laurie Sand
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Hallelujah, free at last! Events started to pick up toward the end (and I mean REALLY at the end, like 85% through the book) and enough complex stuff actually happens that I can't recommend skipping straight from Brightness Reef to Heaven's Reach, but Lord Almighty was this book an exasperating read. So much rehashing of events from the previous book, in combination with an irritating tendency on the part of author to use simple past tense in places where past perfect would have been more approp ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Only read about 50 pages. I've learned to be very wary of authors who start their book with a list of 75 characters. The map is less of cautionary item. The final straw is that there are 6 different species on this world. So all together you're left to deal with at least 100 words of random letters that you don't quite know for sure if it's a name of an individual, place or species. Then randomly assemble the creatures from various mammal, crustacean, bird and lizard parts. Maybe if I had starte ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bit difficult going at the start mainly because of the multitude of characters and their different physical attributes and traits! Actually I had forgotten I had read the first book in the second series until chapter two where sections, including the unresolved ending, came back to me! More enjoyable the more you get into it until it was difficult to put down, and wildly imaginative. I will now have to read the third book before I forget what has happened to date. Strongly recommended but please ...more
Rob Markley
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
Brin takes this trilogy to more and more exciting levels with volume #2. The Dolphins are amongst the most wonderful ideas every developed in scifi while the uplift galaxy is amongst the most intimidating prospects. What a combination!
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book. Onto the last! David Brin does quite a fantastic job with this series.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
The complicated, but inventive, mix of human and alien races continues. Next book should be interesting. Wonder how it will work out.
Ben Perley
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Much better than the first in this series - all the buildup in Brightness Reef is used to full effect here. Punchy and intriguing, it ends on the most abrupt cliffhanger I’ve ever run across.
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Currently, there are six books in Brin's Uplift saga. It's kind of hard to categorize these books as elements of a series, though. The first three books in the saga, "Sundiver," "Startide Rising," and "The Uplift War," are not really a trilogy or a series in the normal sense. Instead, "Sundiver" relates to the rest of the saga as Tolkien's "The Hobbit" relates to his "Lord of the Rings:" it sets the stage for all the rest of the books in the saga. "Startide Rising" and "The Uplift War" describe ...more
Manuel Barrera
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
David Brin is known for inserting current scientific knowledge of cosmos, biology, and evolutionary science both biological and non-biological (albeit at the edges of known science and speculation beyond, but always on scientific principles). The Uplift Storm Trilogyl exemplifies Brin's mastery of science and story to bring forth an intellectual appreciation of future and past. Brin has been my favorite science fiction author since he came on the scene decades ago. Indeed, in my mind he has repl ...more
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it
For those who haven't read the trilogy: trilogy in David Brin's case means it's one giant-ass book split in three, the volumes don't work on their own as separate units.

This book was a LOT better than Brightness Reef, finally here was the action and plot the whole first book felt to be building up towards. I loved how the fates of the cast of Startide Rising and Brightness Reef were intertwined ((view spoiler)
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi

Yes, I read this in a day. Something like 850 pages today - 200 from the previous book, and this one in its entirety.

The entire fucking thing is a page turner. You know, how the last third of a book usually this? The whole goddam book was 100% last third. Totally made up for the unwieldy feeling I got from Brightness Reef. Which I just finished this morning. Oi.

It goes without saying that I can't wait to read the next one. But I should probably go to sleep or something... Definitely not letting
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this more than brightness reef though there are a disconcerting number of narrative voices to follow and the ending has a whiff of the deus ex machina about it and is not really and ending, much like the first book. That said the action and narrative drive is far more invigorating and gripping this time. Looking forward to seeing how it all pans out.
David Bonesteel
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this second novel of David Brin's Uplift Storm trilogy, the society of outlaw races on Jijo are thrown into further chaos with the arrival of the super-powerful Jophur, a hostile race of alien conquerors. We are reintroduced to the crew of Streaker, who plot their escape from under the nose of their fearsome adversaries.

This novel suffers from the same problem as most middle works in a trilogy: having neither a true beginning nor a true ending, it exists as nothing but middle that goes on and
David B
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this second novel of David Brin's Uplift Storm trilogy, the society of outlaw races on Jijo are thrown into further chaos with the arrival of the super-powerful Jophur, a hostile race of alien conquerors. We are reintroduced to the crew of Streaker, who plot their escape from under the nose of their fearsome adversaries.

This novel suffers from the same problem as most middle works in a trilogy: having neither a true beginning nor a true ending, it exists as nothing but middle that goes on and
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, fiction
If you liked Brightness Reef , you'll almost certainly like this, as it is basically part 2 of that book. I may have actually liked it more, as (view spoiler) (spoiler for Brightness Reef).

The one major flaw is that it absolutely ends on a cliffhanger. Unlike Brightness Reef, which ended at what I felt was a natural stopping point, this seems to end in the middle of the climax. Usually I like to space out books by the same author and from the
Lamar Latrell
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The pacing was better…if you call putting the 100 pages of nothing's happening in the middle of the book better pacing.
But he still has the problem of introducing characters and following them for far too long only to do absolutely nothing with them. (Dedinger, I'm looking at you.)
And of the two villains (three, really, but one is just a puppet of the other), one doesn't do anything until they're almost destroyed (the rothen) and the other, while still one-dimensional, at least has an excuse for
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another great installment in the Uplift saga. The planet Jijo, and the six Sooner races hiding out there, face trying to fight a Jophur ship that is intent on capturing the renegade ship Streaker. But the Dolphin crewed ship is hiding, facing problems of its own, and the Six races are unable to comply. Using what little technology they do have, they are surprised to find that they can hurt the enemy, but only for a short while. It is when the two groups come together that a plan is hatched to de ...more
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a change, while “Brightness Reef” was a bit of slog Infinity’s Shore’s pacing was good, and the story was engaging. There was action that moved the plot forward and the various characters now seem to have parts to play that serve the story directly rather than mostly background world building.

This is more in keeping with the truly good "Uplift War". All the mysteries of Jijo have not yet come to light and the crew of the Streaker are still in danger but things are getting really interesting
Lianne Burwell
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
A solid middle book to the trilogy. In fact, the ending almost felt like it could be the conclusion. If I had one real complaint, it's that there are a lot of similarities to The Uplift War, in that it is hidden people engaging in mostly low-tech resistance to the Galactics who have taken over the world. Minus the gorillas, however. (This is not a bad thing, though, since The Uplift War is my favorite book in the entire series).

If I have any complaint, though, it's that the aliens don't really f

Nebula and Hugo award-winning author David Brin continues his bestselling Uplift series in this second novel of a bold new trilogy.

 Imaginative, inventive, and filled with Brin's trademark mix of adventure, passion, and wit, Infinity's Shore carries us further than ever before into the heart of the most beloved and extraordinary science fiction sagas ever written.

For the fugitive settlers of Jijo, it is truly the beginning of the end. As starships fill the skies, the threat of genocide hangs

David Meiklejohn
The planet Jijo is host to 6 groups of illegal settlers, and now also to the ship Streaker, manned by Dolphins and fleeing from mighty alien ships desperate to seize their cargo of an ancient corpse.

Brin paints a suitably alien picture of the species who have learned to live together despite their differences (one sort is like the Wheelies, another like a stack of doughnuts). Each chapter follows a character, but there are so many that it's tricky to follow all that's going on. He also tends to
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David Brin is a scientist, speaker, and world-known author. His novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. At least a dozen have been translated into more than twenty languages.

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