Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So, fanboy here. I've gotta sit down for a moment and tell you something rather important.
This is a freaking awesome space opera, ya'll.
It starts out with an amazing bang-up interstellar battle and ends with one, and every step of the way, in-between, is a gloriously fascinating tale that is parts Becky Chambers-quality characterization, part David Brin Uplift War worldbuilding, and every bit as exciting and vast as Christopher Paolini's To Sleep In a Sea of Stars.
High praise? Indeed. And it comes from an author who consistently writes some of the very best, most original SF in the past decade, without even counting THIS book.
So, is he a superstar? Well, to me, he is. That's why I've sat you down for this little talk to add one little extra bit:
If you haven't read this guy, then WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?
Prepare yourself for a massive head-trip across the stars, dealing with massively incomprehensible god-like aliens that are only partially in our 3D space, who like to transform civilized worlds into ART PROJECTS.
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