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The Zones of Thought Series: A Fire Upon the Deep, The Children of the Sky, A Deepness in the Sky

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Thousands of years in the future, humanity is no longer alone in a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures, and technology, can function. Nobody knows what strange force partitioned space into these "regions of though Thousands of years in the future, humanity is no longer alone in a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures, and technology, can function. Nobody knows what strange force partitioned space into these "regions of thought," but when the warring Straumli realm use an ancient Transcendent artifact as a weapon, they unwittingly unleash an awesome power that destroys thousands of worlds and enslaves all natural and artificial intelligence. A Fire Upon The Deep — Fleeing a galactic threat, Ravna crash lands on a strange world with a ship hold full of cryogenically frozen children, the only survivors. They are taken captive by the Tines, an alien race with a harsh medieval culture, and used as pawns in a ruthless power struggle. The Children of the Sky — Ten years have passed on Tines World, and Ravna and the children have survived a war. While there is peace among the Tines, there are those among them—and among the humans—who seek power…and no matter the cost, these malcontents are determined to overturn the fledgling civilization that has taken root since the humans landed. A Deepness in the Sky — Thirty-thousand years before A Fire Upon the Deep, two human groups, the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds, stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race.


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Thousands of years in the future, humanity is no longer alone in a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures, and technology, can function. Nobody knows what strange force partitioned space into these "regions of though Thousands of years in the future, humanity is no longer alone in a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures, and technology, can function. Nobody knows what strange force partitioned space into these "regions of thought," but when the warring Straumli realm use an ancient Transcendent artifact as a weapon, they unwittingly unleash an awesome power that destroys thousands of worlds and enslaves all natural and artificial intelligence. A Fire Upon The Deep — Fleeing a galactic threat, Ravna crash lands on a strange world with a ship hold full of cryogenically frozen children, the only survivors. They are taken captive by the Tines, an alien race with a harsh medieval culture, and used as pawns in a ruthless power struggle. The Children of the Sky — Ten years have passed on Tines World, and Ravna and the children have survived a war. While there is peace among the Tines, there are those among them—and among the humans—who seek power…and no matter the cost, these malcontents are determined to overturn the fledgling civilization that has taken root since the humans landed. A Deepness in the Sky — Thirty-thousand years before A Fire Upon the Deep, two human groups, the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds, stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race.

30 review for The Zones of Thought Series: A Fire Upon the Deep, The Children of the Sky, A Deepness in the Sky

  1. 5 out of 5

    William Lawrence

    Books one and two continue a single narrative which is never completed. Book three is basically a stand-alone story with only passing reference to the original narrative that you had grown to love and with which you would expect.. closure. There is no real closure to either story. It was fun, but the story is unfinished.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Farès

    The first book had such a good and novel concept, I couldn't but love it.. but unfortunately the author chose to abandon that concept in the following books, to explore more mundane and common areas..ahhh such a disappointment.. The first book had such a good and novel concept, I couldn't but love it.. but unfortunately the author chose to abandon that concept in the following books, to explore more mundane and common areas..ahhh such a disappointment..

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vajnis

    A trilogy where the two first books where great(like 4 stars!) and the last book where dull and uninteresting. Couldn't even finish reading it. Very disappointing. A trilogy where the two first books where great(like 4 stars!) and the last book where dull and uninteresting. Couldn't even finish reading it. Very disappointing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christoph Wagner

    An amazing first book. But in book 2, there is a scene (if only, many, many pages!) that reminds me of a bad horror movie. You know when someone does something, and you scream "Nooo! Don’t do it!"? Now imagine that in slow motion. Really slow motion. For 20 minutes or more, we see an extremely obvious betrayal. One with very few nuances and that becomes so obvious that even a blind person would be able to see it. And it’s still going on. Everything exactly, as one would imagine it to happen (and An amazing first book. But in book 2, there is a scene (if only, many, many pages!) that reminds me of a bad horror movie. You know when someone does something, and you scream "Nooo! Don’t do it!"? Now imagine that in slow motion. Really slow motion. For 20 minutes or more, we see an extremely obvious betrayal. One with very few nuances and that becomes so obvious that even a blind person would be able to see it. And it’s still going on. Everything exactly, as one would imagine it to happen (and believe me, I’m not one of those people who normally sees things coming, this is really sledgehammer level). I kept skipping over pages and it just wouldn’t end. At this point I decided to just stop reading. I was getting too annoyed by this part. If you think you can get over something like this, the rest of the trilogy might become better again. But I can’t.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nathaniel Jay

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A fantastic series that ends on a bit of a question. The telling of the stories from start to finish (I read them in release order) is fantastic, and truly shows a spectacularly deep history and development of believable and lived-in feeling characters. I hope there's a follow-up some day to The Children of the Sky. The way the story just stopped in the middle of all this intrigue really left me wondering what becomes of the Tines, the children, and how long it takes for the attackers / rescuers A fantastic series that ends on a bit of a question. The telling of the stories from start to finish (I read them in release order) is fantastic, and truly shows a spectacularly deep history and development of believable and lived-in feeling characters. I hope there's a follow-up some day to The Children of the Sky. The way the story just stopped in the middle of all this intrigue really left me wondering what becomes of the Tines, the children, and how long it takes for the attackers / rescuers to find their way to them.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Couch

    I strong contestant for my favorite book and favorite series of all time. I even love the last book children of the sky even though it's a little weird and deviate from the plot of the first two. I strong contestant for my favorite book and favorite series of all time. I even love the last book children of the sky even though it's a little weird and deviate from the plot of the first two.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Glen

  8. 4 out of 5

    wSwans

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chris Earle

  12. 5 out of 5

    Noel Tabor

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bradley Jayne

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paul Vittay

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tom Buskey

  16. 4 out of 5

    Princess

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brian W. Riggs

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bartlomiej Borej

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Janzen

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pesadelo

  22. 5 out of 5

    Johnny Mayall

  23. 4 out of 5

    Juval Lerner

  24. 5 out of 5

    Greengiant83

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jimi Fattorini

  26. 4 out of 5

    Darkstar

  27. 4 out of 5

    Raymond Allen Millen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Theo Crous

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christopher N Bailey

  30. 5 out of 5

    Fred Kiesche

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