Semiosis

Semiosis

Book - 2018
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"Colonists from Earth wanted the perfect home, but they'll have to survive on the one they found. They don't realize another life form watches...and waits...Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet's sentient species and prove that humans are more than tools"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765391353
076539135X
Branch Call Number: FIC BURKE
Characteristics: 333 pages ; 25 cm

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johnulee
Apr 09, 2019

Pretty well done, great concept about getting to a new planet and dealing with the existing ecosystems, etc... in the end, maybe too much on the internal politics between humans versus more on integrating with the ecosystem and Glassmakers. Bogged down a bit the last third... some chapters very slow to get going, but did like the jumps in time, just wish the author went further into the future

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kdbt
Sep 14, 2018

Idealistic/peaceful immigrants to a new world interact with an alien conciousness over generations. Both benefit, and change from the experience. Don't be lulled: violence crops up unexpectedly, and your favorite characters will survive, or they won't. This book will keep you on your toes. Recommended.

DPLSaraQT Apr 24, 2018

Imagine Michael Pollan's Botany of Desire retold as first contact sci-fi over several generations. Did we tame plants? Or did plants tame us? Fascinating questions and scenarios to mull over here.

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BWilsoned
Apr 16, 2018

This is a utopian dream novel; so you have to let go of Earth right off the bat. Usually, I have a gripe with authors ditching the earth, but it's looking more and more likely as the years pass.

Anyway, sentient plants--great idea and well crafted. The timeline is a bit skewed so that we meet generations of Pacifists, as they call themselves, but it definitely works. How the plants work together to help or harm the animals is intriguing and, of course, it's chock full of anthropomorphism. The human animals accept the idea of sentient plant life curiously easily but the other "higher" animal life forms are terrifying to them. Hmm.

Well-thought out character development and an ending that can also be a beginning, without being a cliff-hanger (thank you).

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