Semiosis Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Escaping conflict on Earth, an idealistic group of settlers arrive on a distant planet - Pax - with plans for a perfect society.
The world they discover is rich with life, but this is not the Eden they were hoping for. The plants on Pax are smart - smart enough to domesticate, and even slaughter, its many extraordinary animals.
To survive, the colonists realise that they must strike bargains of their own. But if they are to make Pax their home, they must go further, searching for a way to communicate and coexist with these utterly alien intelligences.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 46 minutes|
|Narrator||Caitlin Davies, Daniel Thomas May|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||09 August 2018|
|Publisher||HarperCollins Publishers Limited|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 16,185 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
27 in Genetic Engineering Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
48 in Space Exploration Science Fiction
94 in Hard Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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But infuriatingly the book is constructed as a series of novellas, and each is drawn together with a deus-ex resolution. The charaters are frustratingly flimsy, the plot aimlessly wanders from fun thought-question to thought-question.
Sadly cannot recommend - I've not yet been able to finish it.
It is a complicated yet simple book that I found compelling and hard to put down.
Essentially it is a novel about human behaviour in a new environment and learning how to adapt/survive in a place where plants are sentient. The characters are diverse, interesting and complicated I like the first person narrative style from an individual of each generations perspective.
I am looking forward to the follow up book.
Also the big time and generational jumps were quite interesting.
I would have liked to have read more about the ecology, more details on all the main animals in the story and how they came to being.
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Peace and love and living as one with nature are on the cards, except that within a generation parents are murdering and raping kids for the vaguest of reasons. The first big failing of the book for me was that there’s no depth and no attempt to explain at a psychological level how this could happen.
Anyway this bunch of losers find an intelligent plant who stops them all being dead in a week but who they don’t trust. There’s much made by others of the first contact element but really our magic marrow does all the work...it’s not an in-depth piece like Arrival .
Then they meet a bunch of aggressive cannabalistic savages and decide to renew their ethos of piece love etc etc, regardless of the fact that they are always bickering with each other. (And killing each other) so the obvious happens and some of the savages do what they do best...until all is saved by the charismatic carrot...who some of our motley group still don’t trust.
It’s simplistic, shallow nonsense that barely holds your interest and the characters are thinly drawn and unsympathetic...unless you have a penchant for stupid people.