Heaven's War

Heaven's War

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When it first appeared, the astronomers named the asteroid Keanu.

A Near Earth Object, from a distant constellation, it was headed directly toward our sun.

But when we went to meet it, it turned out to be far more than a huge rock hurtling through space...

The two teams of astronauts sent to explore Keanu discovered it is, in fact, a spacecraft, a giant ship with an alien crew. A ship that had headed to Earth with a mission and a message: Help Us. A brave new frontier beckons. But we are about to learn that it comes with a price...

Without warning, the aliens transport small groups of humans from the competing scientific communities of Houston, Texas and Bangalore, India to the vast interior habitats of Keanu. Their first challenge is to survive. Their second; to discover why The Architects--the unknown, unseen aliens controlling the asteroid--brought them there. And soon a third emerges: they must find a way to take control of Keanu.

Because the NEO is moving again--away from Earth. The Architects are headed home...
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780441020928
0441020925
Branch Call Number: SCIFI Goyer David 06/2012
Characteristics: x, 431 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cassutt, Michael

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A_J_R
Jun 05, 2017

I wrote up a long review for this book and then the Library website helpfully logged me out and it was lost to the aether. 😊

To sum up:
After the taut and exciting storytelling of Heaven’s Shadow, Heaven’s War feels decidedly sluggish and disjointed. We have far too many minor characters who each get their own chapter(s) and backstory. The book is nearly half over before we get past Day One – arrival on Keanu! Major plot issues are hand waved away with a single sentence, forgotten about, or simply never addressed. It felt as if each author was expecting the other to resolve certain issues and only when the entire book was assembled we start to see the holes.

The book does pick up the pace with an exciting final ¼ and a solid ending that left me excited to read the final book in the trilogy. Sadly Heaven’s Fall mimics it's own name and falls far short of expectations. The problems with that book ripple back onto this one as you’re forced to deal with all the plot holes that you forgave because you were expecting to see them resolved in the final story.

Ultimately, too slow and disappointing to recommend.

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pinky0203
Feb 19, 2014

"The competing teams of astronauts sent to explore the asteroid Keanu discovered it is, in fact, a giant spacecraft with an alien crew carrying a plea for help. A brave new frontier beckons. But it will come at a price. Without warning, the aliens transport small groups of humans to the vast interior habitats of Keanu. The first challenge for those transported is to survive. The second: Discover why the Architects--the unseen aliens controlling the asteroid--brought them there. The third: Find a way to take control of Keanu. Because the ship is moving again. The Architects are going home......" I found this second book in the series rather confusing. The first 1/2 to 2/3 of the book focuses on the first day on the asteroid/spaceship. Told from multiple view points, it was hard to figure out what in particular was going on. Then the story got wrapped up in the final section without a lot of details and it was 21 years later. I am hoping the third book fills in details about the intervening years...

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deutschmarc
Sep 25, 2012

save you're time and read instead Arthur C. clarkes Rama trilogy. this is just a cheap rip off. not even close.

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KevenKanten
Aug 02, 2012

multi perspective accounting of this story comes together in a perspective on first contact in the future. the threat mankind faces is only disappointing in that it is so similar to another already written and televised idea that's already been done. but it was an enjoyable read out at the cabin.

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