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Brenda Cooper

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8 Oct 2013 Ruby's Song (Book 2)
What if a woman as strong and as complex as Eva Perón began her life as a robot repair assistant threatened by a powerful peacekeeping force that wants to take all she has from her?

The discovery ship, Creative Fire, is on its way home from a multi-generational journey. But home is nothing like the crew expected. They have been gone for generations, and the system they return to is home to technologies and riches beyond their wildest dreams. But they are immediately oppressed and relegated to the lowest status imaginable, barely able to interact with the technologies and people of the star station where they dock, the Diamond Deep. 

Ruby Martin and her partner, Joel North, must find a way to learn what they need to know and to become more than they have ever been if they are to find a way to save their people.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ruby's Song is worth a listen 25 Nov 2013
By Guy - Published on
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It was a good story of the little people overcoming the people keep ing them from reaching their full potentials. The end is bitter sweet, but the books are wortht he effort.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding sequel. 3 Nov 2013
By Louise Marley - Published on
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I couldn't wait to see what Cooper would do with this sequel to THE CREATIVE FIRE. It's essentially a first-contact story combined with one of my favorite subgenre ideas, the generation ship. She doesn't disappoint! I believe she has referred to her story as social science fiction, which it is, but her actual science is always solid. Sequels can be tricky, but this one works. I'm so glad to have this book in my hand at last.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting sequel to Creative Fire 8 Oct 2013
By Glen - Published on
Brenda Cooper has stepped up her game in this exiting sequel to The Creative Fire. Cooper takes us back aboard the "generations ship" Creative Fire, now controlled by the collaborators of Ruby Martin, who sparked the ship's rebellion that climaxed in the first book. The story dives right in to quickly-paced battle scenes on a ship that is not fully under the control of the new leadership, with counter-revolutionay bands roving around and attacking when they can. Just as one rebel group is put down, first contact appears from the home world toward which the Creative Fire is heading after a journey of many centuries. But the first contact is an attack and suddenly Ruby and her band are confronted with conflicting information everywhere they look, as it is not clear who is friend or foe, whether the inhabitants of the home world will be welcoming or hostile, or even people at all. With more conflict, more action, more sexual tension among a maturing cast of characters, the book flies by, keeping the reader engaged and in suspense. This is my favorite of the Cooper books so far.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars part 2 of Evita in space 14 Dec 2013
By Henry L. Lazarus - Published on
Brenda Cooper, borrowing a smidgen from Evita Peron’s life continues the tale of Ruby’s Song. The Creative Fire (paper) was a generation ship that explored several stars and now is going home. Ruby led a revolution that destroyed the caste system. Now they enter their very changed home system, survive an attack by pirates and dock at the largest station orbiting the mostly abandoned home planet. The Diamond Deep (trade from Pyr) operates under harsh libertarian rules that offer a short life to those who won’t compete for credits. This is extremely difficult for the several thousand crew who don’t know the rules and only have enough credits to support them for six months. But Ruby, just as she was on their ship, is charasmic singer, quickly moving to top billing on a station starved for novelty. But her songs and the actions of her crewmates trying to survive, upset the leadership leading to a dangerous trial. This is a sad tale, impossible-to-put-down with a bitter-sweet ending. I dare you not to cry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars xciting outer space first contact thriller 20 Oct 2013
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
The Diamond Deep
Brenda Cooper
Pyr, Oct 8 2013, $18.00
ISBN 9781616148553

The rebellion between the oppressed Grays against the elitist technologists Reds on the generation ship Creative Fire has been somewhat settled though some ire and revolt remains especially among those who have fallen in status. Ruby Martin, who led the rebellion as a rare dreaming Gray, and her partner Joel North with the collaboration of the ship's AI leads the vessel on their way home to Adiamo.

However, when they dock at the Diamond Deep station, instead of being welcomed as exploratory heroes, the residents treat the Creative Fire crew with disdain as inferiors. Ruby and her mates are backwater when it comes to the advances in technologies since the ship began the venture many generations ago. Ergo their superiors dump them at the bottom of the social hierarchy.

The second Ruby's Song science fiction (see The Creative Fire) is an exciting outer space first contact thriller that continues to focus on technological class warfare (an issue impacting the world today). Ruby still covets life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but now that she is in charge of governance rather than leading a rebellion against status quo leadership she seems incompetent which ironically makes her appear real. Although not as exciting as its prequel, fans will appreciate this deep look at the technological revolution especially the impact on those left behind.

Harriet Klausner
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