Despite some glaring errors, most notably with the author's time calculations, the book is quite enjoyable to read. He paints vivid characters and settings and offers a unique look at the possible future of space colonization.
Coyote starts off slow, then builds. Some of the things that happen early on you wonder about, but they get answered in the end. Is it science fiction? Yes. But it is more than that. It is a well written story of adventure and overcoming problems both of the human kind and the nature kind. Could it happen in the future? Yes. It very well could happen. The story is very believeable.
The author could never seem to quite decide what he wanted this novel to be a treatment on politics? a novel of interstellar travel? a novel of first contact? or Huckleberry Finn? There are several excellent premises in this book, but they get marred by constantly changing points of very and a patchwork format. I also found some of the author use of tense to be disconcerting. I really wanted to like this novel more than I did, but the clunky writing got in the way of the authors amazing imagination.
Well-written novel of planetary colonization. A group of political dissidents hijacks a planetary colonization starship originally commissioned by their repressive government and heads out across deep space toward a planet that will theoretically support life. Good characterizations, interesting plot, and a twist at the end that is not what the reader thought it would be.
What an appalling bit of tripe. This book got such great reviews and it really was a huge disappointment.
As far as hard scifi goes - you can forget it. Completely implausible alien planet which just happens to have the perfect atmosphere, soil perfect for Earth plants, perfect biota, etc... The alien animals are even edible. I was surprised they didn't speak English.
The real purpose of this book appears to be jingoistic rehashing of the American frontier myths - hard working, freedom-loving, warm-hearted egalitarian rugged individualists triumph over evil religious oppressors. I'm all for a rebels-win-against-all-odds story, but the heavy-handed nationalism in this book was a bit gag-inducing. As was the guilt-ridden nobility of the main characters, who spend much of the book self-flagellating over their own errors.
I didn't know what to expect with this novel. The characters are much like the Pilgrims, traveling off to colonize a planet 46 light years away and start a new life. However, they are more prepared and technologically advance than the Pilgrims. That doesn't mean, however, that doesn't mean it's easy. I really enjoyed how each chapter is written from a different perspective--different characters of different ages. For example, one chapter begins with a colonist's journal entry and then the author elaborates; while another chapter is told by one of the teenagers. I hought this novel had a good mix of science (whether real or imagined) to make it believeable.
Well, I enjoyed this book. The part I liked best was after the landing on Coyote and the challenges the colonists encountered there. If there had been more of this, in sequels, I would definitely read them.
However, I was somewhat surprised to discover that it is part of a trilogy and that trilogy has somewhat mixed reviews for the next two books. I looked at the reviews here and on Amazon and made the decision not to obtain the sequels. The last chapter of this book, in the text that dealt with the newly arriving colonists, only encouraged my decision to stop here.
For me, while it is obvious that this book has an indefinite ending, I can live with that. Every day that we live has an indefinite ending. So, if, like myself, you decide to stop after the first book in this series, I don't think you will regret it.