An enormous tidal wave on the west coast of North America has just killed thousands. Lenie Clarke, in a black wetsuit, walks out of the ocean onto a Pacific Northwest beach filled with the oppressed and drugged homeless of the Asian world who have gotten only this far in their attempt to reach... show more
An enormous tidal wave on the west coast of North America has just killed thousands. Lenie Clarke, in a black wetsuit, walks out of the ocean onto a Pacific Northwest beach filled with the oppressed and drugged homeless of the Asian world who have gotten only this far in their attempt to reach America. Is she a monster, or a goddess? One thing is for sure: all hell is breaking loose.This dark, fast-paced, hard SF novel returns to the story begun in Starfish: all human life is threatened by a disease (actually a primeval form of life) from the distant prehuman past. It survived only in the deep ocean rift where Clarke and her companions were stationed before the corporation that employed them tried to sterilize the threat with a secret underwater nuclear strike. But Clarke was far enough away that she was able to survive and tough enough to walk home, 300 miles across the ocean floor. She arrives carrying with her the potential death of the human race, and possessed by a desire for revenge. Maelstrom is a terrifying explosion of cyberpunk noir by a writer whose narrative, says Robert Sheckley, "drives like a futuristic locomotive."
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: November 18th 2002
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Speculative Fiction
, Post Apocalyptic
, Hard Science Fiction
, Near Future
Series: Rifters (#2)
Series: Rifters #2 Maelstrom picks up where Starfish left off, but I'm not really sure how to explain the book. It's good, but there's an underlying theme of abuse that could turn people off. For most of the book, we follow Lenie Clarke as she keeps slipping through the clutches of those who are a...
This one had some twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I think it's a wildly fascinating world the author has created and I just can't wait to finally read the conclusion. I feel sorry for Clarke though and I wonder who else might be like her? I would not shed a tear if Patricia croaks though....
Originally read January 10, 2014 I thought Maelstrom started out very slow. It started off with a lot of the technical details that had made the previous book, Starfish, feel like an authentic story. The problem was that these details weren't mixed in anywhere near as well as they were in Starfis...