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Startide Rising by David Brin
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Jul 11, 2007

it was ok
Recommended for: science fiction fans
Read in May, 1996

This book is about a galactic civilization where only ones species has ever traveled to the stars without being "uplifted," or genetically engineered by another more advanced species. The one that wasn't uplifted were the progenitors, the first race to make it to the stars. The galaxy has an interesting political make up, as each race is valued on who uplifted them and how many races they have uplifted. And then there are the humans, who seem to have reached the stars without being uplifted. And before reaching the galactic civilization they have a uplifted two other races from earth: dolphins and chimpanzees.

The basis for this story is very interesting. However, the plot is meandering and hard to follow. There are many threads which are unsatisfactorily tied up at the end. The book is a a good example of great idea which falls short of its potential.

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