Anvil of Stars (Forge of God Series #2)

Anvil of Stars (Forge of God Series #2)

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by Greg Bear
     
 

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The acclaimed author of Eternity offers a compelling sequel to his visionary Forge of God. Earth is gone, completely destroyed by a ruthless alien. Hundreds of years away, a handful of exiles hurtles through the galaxies in a quest for revenge, armed with powers they do not understand--and determined to find and punish the killers who murdered their world. HC: Warner.

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The acclaimed author of Eternity offers a compelling sequel to his visionary Forge of God. Earth is gone, completely destroyed by a ruthless alien. Hundreds of years away, a handful of exiles hurtles through the galaxies in a quest for revenge, armed with powers they do not understand--and determined to find and punish the killers who murdered their world. HC: Warner.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A knotty philosophical question--how moral is ``eye for an eye'' revengesince it's a said to be a `question' -- preoccupies Bear in this provocative and entertaining follow-up to Forge of God . The earlier book described the destruction of earth by self-replicating roots who wanted to use the planet's mass to create more robotic creatures. Now a small group of human survivors is determined to achieve justice by tracking down the criminal race and destroying their home system. The band of survivors, which includes women and children, have borrowed a starship--called the Ship of the Law and made of ``fragments of the Earth's corpse''--from friendly aliens, and with it they scour the universe until they locate the aberrant society and exact revenge. Employing plausible new hard-science concepts, Bear fashions an action-packed and often thrilling plot; by using each of the well-depicted alien races to mirror human behavior, he defines what it means to be Homo sapiens. Bear draws on the full range of his gifts `top of his form' in another second-drop review here, seamlessly pulling together action since `plot' so nearly synonymous with `story' below and characterization to create `fashion' used above a gripping story. (May)
Library Journal
One alien culture has destroyed Earth; another, called the Benefactors, has offered the survivors a chance for revenge by building a spaceship for a group of young volunteers whose goal is the extermination of their enemy. Like Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game ( LJ 2/15/85), this sequel to The Forge of God ( LJ 9/15/87) explores the issues of morality and justice, using children as its vehicle. Bear's treatment differs, however, in that his characters have already lost their innocence and face their destiny with open eyes. As a stylist, Bear writes with a heady brilliance that communicates a sense of immediacy and credibility. A good choice for any library's sf collection. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/92.
From the Publisher

“Like Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, this sequel to The Forge of God explores the issues of morality and justice, using children as its vehicle. Bear's treatment differs, however, in that his characters have already lost their innocence and face their destiny with open eyes. As a stylist, Bear writes with a heady brilliance that communicates a sense of immediacy and credibility.” —Library Journal on Anvil of Stars

“One of the outstanding sf novels of the current year is also the best book so far from an author whose versatility is continually growing. Literate hard-science or alien invasion novels are no longer rare, but a book such as this, which effectively blends these concepts and is also compellingly written, is a joy to behold.” —ALA Booklist on The Forge of God

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446364034
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
02/01/1993
Series:
Forge of God Series , #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.25(d)

Meet the Author

Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books of science fiction and fantasy, including Blood Music, The Forge of God, Darwin's Radio, and Quantico. Awarded two Hugos and five Nebulas for his fiction, one of two authors to win a Nebula in every category, Bear has been called the "Best working writer of hard science fiction" by "The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Science Fiction." He lives in the Seattle, WA area.

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Anvil of Stars 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
onalake1 More than 1 year ago
I thought this sequel was very different from the original but in a good way. First book, Forge of God, was great but it takes place all on earth. Anvil of Stars takes place all on a ship in outer space with the kids who survived from the first book. At first it felt a bit like Ender's Game but it took on a life of it's own. Religion & revenge collide in the sequel. The pace was quite good and the ideas and ideals discussed were good but would have liked a bit more depth.
AJswimmer More than 1 year ago
Anvil of Stars, like Forge of God, offers an interesting insight into the human mind. The interactions of the characters after being cooped up in a space ship for years are well written and ring very true with what one might expect from such people in real life. The deeper and more important idea of revenge and whether it is a valid end regardless of the means you use to get there well treated, though it rings slightly hollow at the end with what seemed like a late publisher addition of a happy ending. That said, I preferred the first book and the take it took on humanity's reaction to an imminent global crisis. I would not hesitate, however, to recommend it for a fun read. Especially if you have read the first one. There was also a coding error in my Nook edition of this book where a few pages before the end of the 3rd section, the section restarted instead of ending and moving on to the next section.
Anonymous 6 days ago
I was captivated from the start. Lots of action and a satisfying ending. Enjoyed it a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very imaginiative.
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