The planet Oberon was originally an Earth colony, but the first wave was the only wave- and the colonists were forced to survive on their own, abandoned by their homeworld. Nearly five hundred years later that first wave has left only three pockets of humanity on Oberon. Selby Martin is the best hunter in Gorod, and he's being given a job no one would want- he's going to fThe planet Oberon was originally an Earth colony, but the first wave was the only wave- and the colonists were forced to survive on their own, abandoned by their homeworld. Nearly five hundred years later that first wave has left only three pockets of humanity on Oberon. Selby Martin is the best hunter in Gorod, and he's being given a job no one would want- he's going to find out what the other villages are up to. Selby Martin is a hunter in Gorod and when the council summons him for a task, at first, it seems like a simple mission. As he learns more about the other villages, Selby realizes that there are plans he doesn't know about, and machinations that he never considered that will turn a simple fact-finding mission into a struggle for survival- for ALL their people ...
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orphan world Reviews
There was a lot to like in this story. Adventure, strange beasts, cool technology and great battle scenes.
I liked the idea behind this book. Earth sends out a ship to colonize a planet but it crashes and only 3 of its 13 shuttles actually make it to the surface with human colonists. Other than humans there is no intelligent life on this planet, only plants and animals. Some 400 years later each shuttle has become a museum and an archive for the village that grew around it. Each shuttle was segregated to one Earth nationality apparently. The shuttle in the main character's village takes commands in Russian. The Chinese have a village nearby. None of the villages however co-mingle, trade or otherwise associate with each other. The people are hunters and farmers led by an elected "captain". The weapons are knives and spears. The role of scientist is handed down from one man or woman to child. The scientist is the only person who can open the shuttle and carries the knowledge of how to use some of the shuttle's technology. The story begins when the Russians suspect the Chinese are planning to invade their village so they send one of their best hunters, Selbe, to spy on them. He is captured by the Chinese and he learns they are not a particularly war-like people. They are a society of hunters and farmers and families like the Russians. Despite Selbe's diplomatic efforts, war and the slaughter of his people seems inevitable. The war however is not exactly what we expect it to be.The story is well paced. The march back to the Russian village bogs down just a little. I think it's due to a slight over emphasis on Selbe's anger and disillusionment. The sarcasm carries on for a while longer than I thought necessary to get the point across. But the characters are well formed. Overall it's a pretty good book. My main problem is that the version I was reading. was so poorly edited that - well, it seems not edited at all. Bad grammatical errors every couple of paragraphs throughout. It was very annoying especially when I got to the chapter numbered "twenty sex". That heading was worth a chuckle but it was pretty tiresome at this point.Good story though.
Stop 14% in. I was enjoying the writing and characters but wasn't interested in reading a romance subplot line so early in the book.