The Killing of Worlds

The Killing of Worlds

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Scott Westerfeld, the acclaimed author of "Fine Prey, Polymorph, "and "Evolution's Darling," reached new heights of excitement in last spring's T"he Risen Empire," and left readers begging for more. Now he comes through with the dazzling payoff in book two of S"uccession, The Killing of Worlds."
Captain Laurent Zai of the Imperial frigate Lynx is a walking dead man. Unjustly held responsible for the death of the Child Empress, sister of the immortal Emperor, Zai has been sent to fight an unwinnable battle. The Lynx must stop a vastly superior Rix ship from reaching the planet Legis, a suicide mission that will almost certainly end in oblivion for Captain Zai and his crew.
On the planet Legis below, a Rix compound mind--a massive emergent AI formed from every computer on the planet--as been isolated by their Imperial blockade. But the mind has guided a lone Rix commando, Herd, to the planet's frozen north, and will soon order a desperate attempt to seize a polar communications array and break the blockade. Herd is a single warrior against an Imperial army, but moving silently behind her is the intelligence of an entire planet.
Ten light-years away, Captain Zai's true love, the psychic (some say mad) Senator Nara Oxham is engaged in a deadly game of political intrigue. From her position on the Emperor's War Council, Senator Oxham must find a way to forestall the Emperor's final solution if the blockade is broken: a nuclear strike to destroy the compound mind, which will also kill millions of Imperial citizens. She suspects that the Emperor has a hidden weakness discovered, by the mind, a secret so dangerous to his immortal dynasty that to prevent its discovery the Emperor is willing to countenance the ultimate crime. . . .
The killing of worlds.
With this powerful conclusion to the first story arc of "Succession," Scott Westerfeld confirms his stature as one of the leading writers of high space opera.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765308504
Branch Call Number: SCI FI Westerfe Scott 2003
Characteristics: 336 p. ;,25 cm.


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Apr 02, 2016

A good second book, but left me feeling hollow as it could easily continue in a third book. Westerfield's imagination of the future in space combat and political fields is amazing with the duality of the Risen and the Living balancing the entirety of human space. I would certainly like to see a third book to complete the story.

Feb 24, 2016

Excellent conclusion to the two book series. (bilogy?, duology?) The story is complex and engaging, the underlying concepts are intriguing and imaginative. The action is great. Highly recommend.


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Apr 02, 2016

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Apr 02, 2016

Violence: Scenes of space battles and violence.


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