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Semiosis

By: Sue Burke
Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2018 Sue Burke (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"This is top class SF, intelligent and engaging, and I loved every minute of it." (Adrian Tchaikovsky, award-winning author of Children of Time) 

"Sue Burke blends science with adventure and fascinating characters, as a human colony desperately seeks to join the ecosystem of an alien world." (David Brin, award-winning author of The Postman)

"Original, gripping and gloriously unpredictable." (Mira Grant, New York Times best-selling author of Parasite

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Amazing narration. Alright story

The narration is amazing and that's all that needs to be said about it. the story started off extremely intriguing but after about 3/4 of the way through it became essentially a war tactics / strategy story with very little substance. The ending was a commentary on some fairly simple philosophy. A but disappointing given the start but overall worth it

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Nice worldbuilding and POV from non-human

I struggled through the first chapters, not really sure where the story was going and confused about all the different names from different generations. As the story went on, I got more emersed. The worldbuilding is astonishingly done, and the way everything was connected, which was obvious through bamboo/steveland's POV, nothing short of marvelous. I really liked the steveland POV because it is different to a human's mind. At first I wasnt too sure about the narration but that was mainly because of the first accent. Now that I listened to it completely, I can say that the narration is brilliant. This will be one of those books I'll re-listen to on a regular base.

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interesting take on other sentient beings.

good narrators. keeps in line with the pace of the story. I never felt it slow down too much.

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  • Charles Booth
  • 18-02-2019

Well performed and moving narrative

I am starting to love this genre of generational sci-fi. very interesting having the perspective of plants as well as humans portrayed. It was a bit dark and upsetting at times, but also heroic and moving.
I am shocked that this is Sue Burke's first full sci-fi novel like this and am excited to read whatever she comes out with next.

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  • Theodore
  • 24-11-2018

an excellent one of a kind that makes you think

an excellent one of a kind that makes you think about our lives and perhaps we will not always be at the top of the food chain

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  • Alex
  • 18-01-2019

First class intelligent Science Fiction

It’s been a while since I’ve encountered anything this good, intelligent fiction that’s high on science without an over reliance on technology, as we know it.

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