With Polaris, multiple Nebula Award-nominee Jack McDevitt reacquainted readers with Alex Benedict, his hero from A Talent for War. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, return to investigate the provenance of the cup. Alex and Chase follow a deadly trail to the Seeker - strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.
Ideas abound in McDevitt's classy riff on the familiar lost-space-colony theme. In 2688, interstellar transports Seeker and Bremerhaven left a theocratic Orwellian Earth to found a dictator-free society, Margolia and vanished. Nine thousand years later, with a flawed humanity spread over 100-odd worlds, Margolia and its ships have become Atlantis-type myths, but after a cup from Seeker falls into the hands of antiquarian Alex Benedict, the hero of McDevitt's Polaris (2004), Alex determines to win everlasting fame and vaster fortune by finding them. Female pilot Chase Kolpath, this book's narrator, gutsily tracks the ancient Seeker on a breathless trek across star systems and through an intriguing mystery plot, a bevy of fully realized characters, ingenious AI ships and avatars of long-departed personalities who offer advice and entertainment. The scientific interpolations are as convincing as the far-future planetscapes and human and alien societies, bolstering an irresistible tractor beam of heavy-duty action. This novel delivers everything it promises with a galactic wallop.
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The book is overall very enjoyable. Do not expect a mind blowing Sci-Fi masterpiece, but a nice plot, rendered pretty well, and with two main characters that are easy to take an interest in and care about. The statement by Stephen King that Jack is the next Clarke made me expect greatness, so my expectations were too high.
On the downside, many plot points become predictable and I found the time between the obvious to be tedious and frustrating. The best comparison I can give is when you watch a horror movie and you think to yourself "don’t go into the basement you idiot”, but there is an excessivly long time spent discussing about going into the basement.
By far one of my favorite books of all time. McDevitt's works' greatness lies not only in his vision of the far off future, but in his wonderful ability to describe the seemingly mundane, day-to-day life of those living in that far off future--little details that most other authors often overlook or omit, but that add to the realism of the universe McDevitt places us in. If you're looking for a great read with a fascinating, thought-provoking ending, purchase this book.
My favorite McDevitt book
I first found Jack McDevitt many years ago when Polaris was suggested to me. It was pretty good, but not as good as I had been told. Later, I read Deepsix and The Engines of God. When I picked this book up, I became a true believer. It is inventive, engrossing and very human, in our best and worst senses. I have purchased it several times, and reread it often. This is just a very good story, very well told.