The Well of Stars

The Well of Stars

by Robert Reed
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Well of Stars 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After the near disaster at Marrow (see MARROW), The Great Ship continues its journey into space. Inside the millions perhaps even billions of near immortals go about there tedious everyday life regardless of the vessel¿s path. How else can one live when riding a space ship that contains whole planets inside on a trek that seems forever. The recent calamity has agitated the populace. --- The Master Captain is worried not just about the morale of the millions on board; that is a normal concern for her as boredom and post trauma reaction can prove mutinously dangerous. Of immediate concern however are the Polyponds and a seemingly Black Hole that is in their way. She assigns Submaster Captains Washen and Pamir to deal with the Polyponds, gigantic water beings that are attacking the Great Ship. The hero of the Marrow incident Mere investigates the Black Hole. Pamir learns a God-like essence, the Ink Well, perhaps devil might be more descriptive, threatens to ¿imprison¿ everyone on board the Great Ship for eternity inside the black hole. --- The sequel to the exciting MARROW, THE WELL OF STARS is an action-packed science fiction thriller that never slows down as the crew battle three enemies, the Ink Well, the Polyponds, and internal ennui. The story line is fast-paced, but with the Star Trek like crisis to confront, the key cast members seem unemotionally detached to the predicaments. Especially strange is that the population is allegedly edgy and tired of perhaps living forever yet an eternity within the Ink Well has to exacerbate all that is eating at everyone, but no one seems agitated. Still Robert Reed will have readers pondering living for eternity.--- Harriet Klausner
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Well makes for an interesting follow on to the excellent Marrow. The science, particularly biology and engeneering, are way off the wall but the story moves along at a fair clip. The only problem is the ending which is really abrupt and leaves too many questions. Also you find yourself rooting for the Polypond to succeed, and it's a total let down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Reed has populated an ancient spaceship the size of a planet with an amazing cast of characters from all reaches of the universe. After finding a smaller planet within the spaceship ('Marrow') and fighting a war with its inhabitants, the races of the eternal ship are uneasy. Following those events, in 'The Well of Stars', the ship finds a vast, powerful enemy in its path. With the ship in peril, the crew will have to achieve the impossible in order to survive. The themes explored here are varied, including the standard social and moral conscience-related issues: multi-cultural mores, right-to-survive, implacable enemy vs. just society, etc. Reed's imagination is first class, delivering sci-fi action on a cosmic scale, while posing some good philosophical questions along the way.