- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (3 May 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841494283
- ISBN-13: 978-1841494289
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 521,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dark Space (Sentients of Orion S.) Paperback – 3 May 2007
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DARK SPACE lacks focus, but the colourful characters and sense of scale suggest that the series could develop into something special (TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT)
Dark Space is a rich and vigorous adventure and a promising first instalment (THE AUSTRALIAN)
A complex and exciting novel, almost devoid of cheap sentiment and comfortable vindication. It's not a cheerful read, but it is a very rewarding one . . . de Pierre s' willingness to display the imperfections of her characters is a large part of the appeal of Dark Space; she deftly handles the aspects of bringing characters to life that elude so many space opera writers, simply by making them genuinely human - with all the contradictory drives and motives that implies . . . While a deeply political book, Dark Space is also a very engaging one - the fine characterisation and subtle writing make for a novel which is both exciting and thought-provoking at once . . . It's always a joy to find intelligent and exciting space opera; to find it being written by a woman unafraid to bring her own perspective to a traditionally masculine genre, doubly so. (SCALPEL MAGAZINE)
Dark Space is an exciting adventure with plenty going on to keep you turning the pages. The story is primed to enter uncharted territory at the end of Book One. Marianne has a knack for creating compelling characters in complex realities-the Parish Pless (AUREALIS)
A compelling new Space Opera series from the acclaimed author of the Parrish Plessis booksSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
This idea caught my interest and so I bought the book. Unfortunately De Pierres focuses the story on Mira - a Baronessa who has the hereditary ability to pilot ships and Trin, the future Principe (King) and his fall from grace. Their stories interlink and make up the majority of the book.
This is a four book series so it is understandable that De Pierres doesn't want to reveal the central idea completely in book one but even so, to focus the story on the two characters above was a wasted opportunity. Neither are at all likeable, both are self-obsessed whiners, Mira especially, who prattles on consistently about how unfair everything is. When the reader can empathise with the main characters a book becomes much more enjoyable but there is no chance of that occurring here.
If the Author had focused on Jo-Jo and the other main character- an academic named Tekon- who has been chosen as one of the select few to interact with Sole then perhaps the book could have been saved, sadly she doesn't.
However, the biggest problem I had with this book is the undertone of sexism towards men. All the male characters are selfish and aggressive monsters, basically scum. Whilst virtually all the women are martyrs: generous, understanding, caring and warm. The idea that either sex is wholly good or bad is laughable and naive but this is one of the author's key themes and it really begins to grate.
Moreover, as a previous reviewer stated, the novel use of language (a form of futuristic Italian) is maddening.
Overall, this was very disappointing and I'll not be picking up the second book : 'Chaos Space' when it comes out.
After reading works from two separate series, and taking a peek at a third of her series (Sharp Shooter under the name Marianne Delacourt) I feel like any book by Marianne De Pierres I pick up is going to be well written, with numerous interesting characters, a variety of character "voices", good dialogue and excellent narration. The book will be interesting with twists, suspense and a sense of ...well being there.
Dark Space is about a three separate people whose lives cross paths; it's also about a entity called Sole, for a lack of any other name. It seems there was this space traveler/partier - kind of a lazy boy who likes to keep his mind rather altered (haha, likes to get high) and on one of this "explorations" comes across this entity - who either saves him or put him in danger in the first place. This entity has no real body, and the result of this discovery is that beings from other planets consider him/she/it a godlike being. This entity - Sole, likes to explore other minds and to do this has convinced people to set up a place to collect beings who want the priviledge of being mind-explored....not always a pleasant experience, and one that leaves them altered, in a way.
The other half of this story is about Tekton, Mira and Trinder. Tekton's story doesn't quite run concurrently with Mira and Trinder's.Read more ›
Araldis is the home to the Cipriani families. Colonised only a handful of generations ago, it is a dry, unforgiving world with little to offer but its mineral wealth. The technological level of the planet is not high, with only a few of the more advanced technologies being used by the familia that can afford it. The mining operations are run with mechanical technology, principals of which have been around for hundreds of years.
Mira Fedor is a baronessa, descended from the Pilot line with the ability to fly biozoons (biological/AI starships). As she is due to graduate from Studium and take up her birthright as pilot of Insignia, the flag ship of the ruling family, things do not go to plan. Instead of being announced as the Pilot First, it is Trinder Pelligrini, the son of the current Principe, that is given the honour even though he does not possess the ability. Mira flees before her heritage is taken from her and given to Trin, gaining travel back to her home in the dry lands of Araldis through not entirely legal means.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first book I have read from this author and I did like it and decided to continue to read the other books in this series. Read morePublished on 6 April 2010 by Jalepe
Marianne de pierres has some lovely ideas running through her stories.An example of this would be :Hera Contracts which are the ultimate in making sure compliance by all parties. Read morePublished on 15 May 2009 by Andrew N. Swan
Having been a fan of Marianne's previous work I picked this novel up with a lot of enthusiasm. However that said I really never got into this tale. Read morePublished on 18 Sept. 2007 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
Campared to the Parish novels, Deep Space has a better defined level of threat and intrigue to drive the plot. Read morePublished on 8 July 2007 by Donna M. Hanson