The sci-fi world is biggest that the real world, so in this opportunity, I bring you a summary of one the best science fiction books of the year. I hope you like and help you to find a book that will bring imaginative and futuristic literature into your reading list.
Semiosis is evocative of first-contact stories. It opens a human colonial expedition which left Earth in the 2060s and is headed for a distant star. Agitated by ecological degradation and war on Earth, their mission was to hit the reset button for humanity on a virgin world.
It puts an emphasis on the challenges of humans living somewhere other than Earth. Humans were not prepared to live on another planet; however, they rely on their limited resources to survive. The Earth provides an abundant but peculiar landscape, trees offer good, succulent fruit one day and poison the next, while the remnants of an alien race are found entangled in the roots of a strange plant. Conflicts between generations begin as they struggle to understand one another and confront with an unknowable alien intellect.
All the characters come to life as individuals: Burke has a keen awareness of voice and characterization. Stevland is perhaps a little too human, but it is challenging to describe true alienness that is still friendly and coherent. Semiosis is an excellent debut, and well worth checking out.
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