HEX by Allen Steele

HEX

KIRKUS REVIEW

Addition to Steele's interstellar colonization saga (Coyote Destiny, 2010, etc.) wherein Earth is kaput, and human civilization thrives on the remote planet Coyote.

In an awfully long first hundred pages, we learn that humans and various alien races cooperate peaceably in the Talus, a sort of galactic club, and that space marine Sean Carson hates his starship captain mother Andromeda for abandoning Sean's father and lying to him about it. Then one of the alien races, the mysterious danui, announce that they have a planet available for humans to colonize. In due course an expedition departs from Coyote—no prizes for guessing who is aboard—for the planet, but when they arrive they find, instead of a planet, a colossal Dyson sphere composed of billions of hexagons arranged in a spherical shell around a central sun, each hexagon with environments suitable for life, both human and alien. There's evidence that the intricately constructed and lovingly described Hex has already been visited and perhaps occupied by several of the Talus races. However, instead of waiting for instructions, or attempting to understand what's going on, Sean, Andromeda and company begin to explore, blundering about like adolescents, making impulsive, ill-informed and often stupid decisions. There are a few tense moments and some issues are resolved, but sense of wonder there is none.

Dull and annoying.

Pub Date: June 7th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-441-02036-2
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Ace/Berkley
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2011




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