The Stars at War II

The Stars at War II

by David Weber, Steve White
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The Stars at War II 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shiva Option completes the bug war series, which for having been written in the 1990s is a very good series. My big quibble with the series was with the characterization of the Bug empire, or more to the point, the lack of characterization. I kept wondering what the civilization was like that had spawned such a species, but we never did find out. We did learn that they are telepaths and that there is a "controlling intelligence" of some sort, but no details about their social structure, their mating habits or their motivations (aside from a locust eat anything in its path mentality, which really does not explain how they could have become capable of interstellar space). I kept waiting for something along the lines of a genetic experiment or client experience gone bad, but hey!, I got nothing. Anyway, the action, characterization (which evidently builds on an earlier series) and overall path of the series was very entertaining and the conclusion (extermination of a species) raises many of the same issues that Ender's Game did. Insurrection, on the other hand, was a waste of time and a complete throwaway. I rarely do not finish a book, will just skim it and see what happens at the end if it begins to drone on or I lose interest, but this book wasn't even worth that. I just didn't care what happened and found the whole premise to be pretty stupid. Come on! 1/2 the fleet rebels and hands the ability to fight an interstellar war to a bunch of backwater planets? I don't think so. Case in point -- U.S. civil war. Think about the Union navy deserting en masse and you'll see the point.
k1llusions More than 1 year ago
This is the second of the Stars At War, the first ending with a galactic threat being stopped, the seed planted for their possible resurgence...never happened in Book 2, left me hanging. Take the book as a semi-stand alone and it does well alone. Interesting characters from unique places, a well developed story, action of course, not too scientifically involved so as to loose the layman (er, Me), "history" clarified without burying you in repeat passages. Will add to my Read Again List.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
¿Shiva Option¿. The enemy¿s first and only directive is that all other species, sentient or not, is food. Humanity and its three ally races that form the Grand Alliance are under siege, losing the war to the Bugs. Efforts to communicate and forge a truce leading to peace have failed as the Bugs refuse to communicate or perhaps are unable to communicate with beings they consider beneath them on their food chain. Death apparently awaits humanity. --- ¿Insurrection¿. Several generations have passed since the Fourth Interstellar War against the Bugs (see The Shiva Option). The central Corporate Worlds of the Terran Federation refuse to relinquish their war powers though the hostilities are over. They control everything while the Fringe Worlds pay the price. However that is not enough for the avaricious leaders of the Corporate Worlds as they want more power. To expedite matters by causing chaos in the Fringe Worlds, a Corporate World agent assassinates Fringe Worlds leader Fionna MacTaggart. Rebellion explodes on Fionna's home planet. The Terran Federation Navy arrives to put down the revolt by force but instead the crews mutiny refusing to kill fellow citizens; soon rebellion spreads across the Federation leaving the Federation reeling near death. --- These are two reprints of early 1990s space operas combined into one book. ¿The Shiva Option¿ remains one of the most exciting thought provoking thrillers of the past two decades. ¿Insurrection¿ is also a well written action thriller as a domino effect leads the Terran Federation on the brink of a supernova, but does not contain the cerebral punch of ¿The Shiva Option¿ because much of the cast are throwaways. --- Harriet Klausner