The only possible review is for the Uplift sextology, but this book from the second triplet of Uplift books very subtly continues the story of the first triplet. Most of it is actually spent developing an entirely new world, one where a number of races that have for one reason or another fled from the general Uplift-oriented trans-galactic civilization have all planted themselves, thrown away most of their technology and have painfully learned to live together. A lot of the story is told from the point of view of children of all of these alien races who have formed a strong friendship that proves key to the development of the rest of the triplet.
About the only complaints I have of the six uplift books so far are: a) the very first book, Sundiver, seems very disconnected from the sextology per se. It is more like a standalone prequel. b)The second two books are much more connected, but the third in particular can almost stand alone as all of the characters from the second are pretty much absent. c) Brightness Reef is at first glance completely disconnected from all three of the books, but as you proceed to read you realize that there is a strong connection to the second (but not so much the third) book. And you have to read the fourth and fifth for it to all start to come together. d) One is STILL left with lots of loose ends dangling at the end of the sixth book. We all await the happy day that David Brin returns to his uplifting muttons and brings us the next three books, hopefully books that illuminate what happens on the world introduced in Brightness Reef, reveals to us where and how the 6 (!) orders of life work out the crisis that ends the sixth book, and of course, hopefully manages a happy ending with those pesky humans and their home world not blown to smithereens by all of the races that apparently are out to destroy them all because they found critical evidence concerning the Progenitors. Maybe even with those pesky humans establishing that the Galactic Library is utterly corrupted the exact same way that the Internet is being corrupted now, with noise that overwhelms the signal and with so MUCH information that even with sophisticated searches, it is effectively useless.
- Mass Market Paperback: 659 pages
- Publisher: Spectra; Reissue edition (1 October 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553573306
- ISBN-13: 978-0553573305
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.6 x 17.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 68 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)