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Apr 19, 2021dstradling rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
Similar concept to Children of Time (Adrian Tchaikovsky), but not done as well, in my opinion. Does highlight issues with idealism and the impossibility of utopia though.
Apr 10, 2020JohnHy rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
An enjoyable read and an interesting idea. Maybe not so far off the mark. See The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.
Oct 29, 2019derikam rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This book is amazing. Plants are cool.
Aug 28, 2019JLMason rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
In the near future, “hippies” leave an increasingly unliveable Earth to found a commune on another planet, where lack of metal limits them to a low tech agrarian society. Over multiple generations, the idealistic colonists make a home and…
Aug 01, 2019GreenDog2006 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I love first contact stories that shake up our beliefs, and this one does that in spades! Current science tells us how trees communicate and send chemical signals to each other, so it doesn't seem impossible that they should find a way to…
Jul 08, 2019JCLChrisK rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Humans have been domesticating plants and animals for as long as we can remember. It's the only way we know how to live. So imagine a group of cosmic colonists in search of a new home finding a strange, lush planet with sentient plants…
Apr 09, 2019johnulee rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Pretty well done, great concept about getting to a new planet and dealing with the existing ecosystems, etc... in the end, maybe too much on the internal politics between humans versus more on integrating with the ecosystem and…
Oct 10, 2018cattican rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A hint of Bradbury, an undertone of Le Guin, an echo of Burroughs ... some of my impressions of Semiosis. Once I'd read a couple of chapters, I gobbled the book. I keep thinking about the visual images, as well as story development. I…
Oct 07, 2018Sahallee rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A wonderfully written book. Engrossing and thought provoking. The well drawn characters, both plant and human, have depths that evolve through the chapters and over the generations. The author successfully unfolds the story at precisely…
Sep 14, 2018kdbt rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Idealistic/peaceful immigrants to a new world interact with an alien conciousness over generations. Both benefit, and change from the experience. Don't be lulled: violence crops up unexpectedly, and your favorite characters will survive,…
Apr 24, 2018DPLSaraQT rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Imagine Michael Pollan's Botany of Desire retold as first contact sci-fi over several generations. Did we tame plants? Or did plants tame us? Fascinating questions and scenarios to mull over here.
Apr 16, 2018BWilsoned rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This is a utopian dream novel; so you have to let go of Earth right off the bat. Usually, I have a gripe with authors ditching the earth, but it's looking more and more likely as the years pass. Anyway, sentient plants--great idea and…