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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (6 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841494291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841494296
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,183,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is serious modern space opera, grappling with big themes and painting on a broad canvas with a great eye for detail . . . readers who hunger for perceptive, intelligent and unflinching literary science fiction should seek this book out as soon as possible (HUB)

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A complex and exciting novel . . . deftly handles the aspects of bringing characters to life that elude so many space opera writers . . . intelligent and exciting (SCALPEL MAGAZINE)

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The second instalment in a compelling new space opera series from the acclaimed author of the Parrish Plessis books.

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Mira has fled Araldis on Insignia - as an Innate only she can pilot the ship with the gene she has inherited from her father. Setting course to the nearest OLOSS system in search of help for Araldis, she faces continuous obstacles and questioning, not only about Araldis but of the Biozoon, Insignia, in which they show more than just a passing curiosity. Along with the group of mercenaries she picked up on Araldis, Mira and Insignia try to find help. Rast, the leader of the mercenaries, has some interesting contacts that will help them on the way.

Jo-Jo Rasterovich is stewing in his cell, locked up after being set up. With his ship gone and no evidence to back his version of events he fears all is lost. Meanwhile Tekton is gathering pace in order to carry out his magnificent plan to impress Sole. With news of the quixite coming from Araldis he sets about finding a craftsman that will realise his dream.

On Araldis Trin is leading those that are left to the islands where they hope safety awaits. Although there is reluctance from another group that has joined them, the protection and leadership he offers is hard to resist. With their goal set all he can do is travel towards it while he awaits Mira's return and the hope of salvation for Araldis.

In my review of Dark Space I said that although I enjoyed the novel, I didn't find it fitted with the space opera badge it was given. With almost all events taking place on Araldis it seemed like the story of Mira and Trin, the two characters it focused on more than others. I enjoyed it despite feeling slightly misled and looked forward to the other books in the series with high hopes. I was pretty confident that Marianne would expand the canvas and show us more of the galaxy of the Sentients of Orion.
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The end of Dark Space has left Mira pregnant, raped by Trin so he could ensure his progeny with a pure-blood noble from Araldis. Rast states it so well

"Women get raped," said Rast harshly, her pale skin flushed with emotion. "Sometimes in war, sometimes just for the hell of it. That's what happens." She gripped Mira's wrist and pulled her close. Then she hugged her tightly for a long moment.

"We'll get your world back for you, Baronessa. But tell me something: are you sure you really want it?"

Not only did Trin rape Mira and send her off-planet to get help. While staying behind he makes certain to besmirch Mira's reputation by claiming that she has run off. For Trin does not want Mira to become more popular than he. After all, that might endanger his own shot at becoming Principe after the war.

War, ambition, greed, death.

Trin is more concerned with saving his men than with saving the population of Araldis. Cass Mulravey sees that he has no clue that if he wishes to rebuild his world, he will need women to bear children. The two of them are at odds through all of "Chaos Space". Only Djeserit's attempts to broker a peace between them keeps them from open dispute. Until Trin has managed to finagle the loyalty of the women who have followed Cass, he has to at least give the appearance of working for the greater good. Perhaps all of this pretending will turn to true behavior eventually???

We find out who Djeserit's mother is. Oh, dear! Poor girl. None of us choose our own parents, but some of us are left with worse parents than others. Bethany Farr is no ideal mother. She seems to have repented of sending Djeserit off and now wants to save Djeserit and thereby Aldaris.
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By humanitysdarkerside - Published on Amazon.com
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The end of Dark Space has left Mira pregnant, raped by Trin so he could ensure his progeny with a pure-blood noble from Araldis. Rast states it so well

"Women get raped," said Rast harshly, her pale skin flushed with emotion. "Sometimes in war, sometimes just for the hell of it. That's what happens." She gripped Mira's wrist and pulled her close. Then she hugged her tightly for a long moment.

"We'll get your world back for you, Baronessa. But tell me something: are you sure you really want it?"

Not only did Trin rape Mira and send her off-planet to get help. While staying behind he makes certain to besmirch Mira's reputation by claiming that she has run off. For Trin does not want Mira to become more popular than he. After all, that might endanger his own shot at becoming Principe after the war.

War, ambition, greed, death.

Trin is more concerned with saving his men than with saving the population of Araldis. Cass Mulravey sees that he has no clue that if he wishes to rebuild his world, he will need women to bear children. The two of them are at odds through all of "Chaos Space". Only Djeserit's attempts to broker a peace between them keeps them from open dispute. Until Trin has managed to finagle the loyalty of the women who have followed Cass, he has to at least give the appearance of working for the greater good. Perhaps all of this pretending will turn to true behavior eventually???

We find out who Djeserit's mother is. Oh, dear! Poor girl. None of us choose our own parents, but some of us are left with worse parents than others. Bethany Farr is no ideal mother. She seems to have repented of sending Djeserit off and now wants to save Djeserit and thereby Aldaris. But will Bethany carry through or perhaps only work towards the redemption of her daughter until her next "love" comes along??

Insignia, the biozoon carrying Mira, turns out to have an agenda of its own. The vessel has repeatedly tried to get Mira to understand that it does not care about humanesques in general, only the ones with which it can communicate. When its contract with the Fedor clan runs out in the middle of an escape, Mira fully comes to understand how true and real that is.

Mira is one severely traumatized person who is thrown from one chaotic episode to the next. Needing to make decisions pronto goes against her socialization, and tearing herself loose from that socialization is incredibly painful for her. In Dark Space Mira learned to handle a gun, something that was forbidden to the upper-class women. In "Chaos Space" she has to learn to see through the fallacies of her traditions. Having worked my way out of fundamentalism, makes it easy for me to relate to what Mira must have gone through. Being brought up in a society where women are taught from a young age that they are less and also taught how to internalize this tradition and accept it as right and proper makes the reach through the fog of indoctrination severely painful and self-actualizing. Mira is forced to grow once she makes the choice to make her way through her fog and grow she does.

Asking for help is more complicated than Mira had thought. Naively, Mira had expected that explaining her planet's situation to OLOSS would bring OLOSS to the rescue. But OLOSS is concerned with what is in it for them and want to get hold of Insignia so they can study it. Having read something about the history of our own world this concern with profit in the face of aid is nothing new. In fact, I wonder if the need to profit from another person's tragedy is embedded in the human psyche?

DePierres' writing is as riveting in "Chaos Space" as it was in Dark Space. Again I found myself struggling to stop reading.

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HASH(0xa0551a8c) out of 5 stars Completely misses the mark 8 Oct. 2013
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I enjoyed the first book in this series, "Dark Space: The Sentients of Orion Book One" when I read it a couple of years ago, noting that it was 'multi layered, gritty, realistic and being a trilogy you know there is more to come after you put it down, which is excellent news'.

Sadly, it was not excellent news.

This is the second novel but I'll be honest, I only managed to read about a third of it before deciding that re-reading Iain M. Banks "Matter" would be a better use of my time.

The main reason for my disappointment is the abundance of miserable characters who can't seem to keep it together. Mira was as I remembered - self absorbed and pretty much quaking in her boots every hour of the day. OK, I understand the 'why' of this, but it was still irritating that she was showing so little sign of personal improvement. But Thales, in particular, exhibited such childish behaviour that seemed so at odds with his age, wife and position in society that it just made no sense. Certainly, I have no desire to immerse myself in the banal life of a petulant idiot, but to complete the novel that's what I was expected to do. Tekton was little better, but at least he had some backbone, evil though it might be. And Jo-Jo was so feeble that even he recognised that his death would pass unmourned by a single, solitary Human, anywhere in the entire Universe. Sad, but don't drag me into his dire existence.

Unfortunately, their oh so obvious story-lines are clearly being weaved into some sort of 'main event' but it has the hallmarks of padding and everything is described in such a mediocre/melodramatic fashion that I was wishing harm on several characters just so they'd be removed from the plot and the pace could pick up.

It didn't, so I gave up instead.

Basically, Book Two moved too slowly, and delved too deeply into a such shallow pool of characterisation that I found it impossible to care. So I've blown ten-plus dollars on a dud of a book that had potential but failed to deliver.
HASH(0x9f3931b0) out of 5 stars The book followed on the from the first and the ... 19 Sept. 2014
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The book followed on the from the first and the overall storylines were varied and interwoven without being obvious as to how they might come together
HASH(0xa05467b0) out of 5 stars Marianne's writing is captivating addictive and driven. I find ... 20 July 2015
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Marianne's writing is captivating addictive and driven. I find it hard to put down. Keep on writing Ms de Pierres
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa054a954) out of 5 stars A pleasure to read 28 Jan. 2010
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I finished this book less than a day after receiving it in the mail. It was fast-paced, gritty, and very imaginative. I look forward to book three.
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