Civilization rests on the backs of its outcasts.So when civilization needs someone to run generating stations three kilometers below the surface of the Pacific, it seeks out a special sort of person for its Rifters program. It recruits those whose histories have preadapted them to dangerous... show more
Civilization rests on the backs of its outcasts.So when civilization needs someone to run generating stations three kilometers below the surface of the Pacific, it seeks out a special sort of person for its Rifters program. It recruits those whose histories have preadapted them to dangerous environments, people so used to broken bodies and chronic stress that life on the edge of an undersea volcano would actually be a step up. Nobody worries too much about job satisfaction; if you haven't spent a lifetime learning the futility of fighting back, you wouldn't be a rifter in the first place. It's a small price to keep the lights going, back on shore.But there are things among the cliffs and trenches of the Juan de Fuca Ridge that no one expected to find, and enough pressure can forge the most obedient career-victim into something made of iron. At first, not even the rifters know what they have in them—and by the time anyone else finds out, the outcast and the downtrodden have their hands on a kill switch for the whole damn planet...
Publish date: April 29th 2008
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, Speculative Fiction
, Hard Science Fiction
, Near Future
Series: Rifters (#1)
Series: Rifters #1 Starfish is an uncomfortable book. I feel I should issue a warning that several of the characters have been abused or were abusers. That said, it’s also a good book. There is a dismal atmosphere that is both oppressive and claustrophobic, and a large part of it takes place in th...
I'm not a fan of multi POVs, but I can honestly say that I was so engrossed in the book that I just didn't care - I just wanted to see what happened next. I loved the book - though it was pretty dark and full of less than savoury people. I think that's why it didn't bother me so much with the POVs. ...
Originally read December 28, 2013 This was an excellent book about a group of genetically modified people who are living and working at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. There is actually a lot of hard science in the book. At the end, at least in my edition, the author provided notes about actual...
Pretty darn good, especially for a first novel - some very interesting and plausible science, and an interesting portrayal of a cast of very flawed people....one hopes for a sequel. (oh - I guess there is one....duh)
A tough read if you need a character to identify with.But the first half or so is still great. The submerged world really came to life.