Review of Semiosis

February 27, 2018 Reviews 0 ★★★★

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Review of SemiosisSemiosis by Sue Burke
on 2018-02-06
Length: 14:46
Genres: Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
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In Semiosis, debut author Sue Burke's character-driven audiobook of first contact, human survival hinges on an bizarre alliance.

Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet's sentient species and prove that mammals are more than tools.

Forced to land on a planet they aren't prepared for, human colonists rely on their limited resources to survive. The planet provides a lush but inexplicable landscape - trees offer edible, addictive fruit one day and poison the next, while the ruins of an alien race are found entwined in the roots of a strange plant. Conflicts between generations arise as they struggle to understand one another and grapple with an unknowable alien intellect.

Semiosis is a book about a group of human colonists who land on a planet to colonize that they didn’t exactly choose. They have to learn how to survive and create their peaceful utopia among a world of killer plants and elusive aliens.

I will say this audiobook got off to a rocky start. The narrator did a pretty poor job in the beginning and the story was absolutely sleep-inducing. But as it continued, the story actually started to get pretty interesting and it switched to a female narrator. When it was back to the male narrator, he was much better, though he only does a few different voices so it was sometimes a bit confusing because they all sounded alike.

The book explores some really interesting ideas…such as intelligent plants, technologically advanced aliens who forgot their technology and culture, and how to create a pacifist culture despite human nature. It follows many generations so there are a lot of interesting characters and plots here. One of them is even a murder mystery scenario.

Overall the story kept me engaged (except the beginning) and wanting to see what happened. Most of the characters I cared about and was invested in. And it had so many cool ideas it explored that I think its a really great listen.


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