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NEW ENTRY IN THE BEST-SELLING BOUNDARY SERIES. Stranded humans must adapt alien technology to survive on a dangerous planet.

Lost in the dark, half a year into their journey to the colony world of Tantalus, Sakura Kimei, her family, and her best friend, the alien "Bemmie" nicknamed Whips, are torn from the safety of their colony ship. In a crippled lifeboat, they had one chance to find a habitable world. But even then, they would find that their apparent salvation was a world of a thousand secrets.

Praise for previous books in this series:
“. . . fast-paced sci-fi espionage thriller . . . light in tone and hard on science . . .” —Publishers Weekly on Boundary

“The whole crew from Flint and Spoor's Boundary are back. . . . Tensions run high throughout the Ceres mission . . . a fine choice for any collection.” —Publishers Weekly on Threshold

“[P]aleontology, engineering, and space flight, puzzles in linguistics, biology, physics, and evolution further the story, as well as wacky humor, academic rivalries, and even some sweet romances.” —School Library Journal on Boundary

Biographie de l'auteur

Eric Flint is a modern master of alternate history fiction, with over three million books in print in his Ring of Fire series. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the Belisarius alternate Roman history series, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633 and 1634: The Baltic War and the Crown of Slaves Honorverse series, with latest entry and New York Times bestseller, Cauldron of Ghosts. Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives near Chicago, Illinois.

Ryk E. Spoor, while earning his masters degree in Pittsburgh, became a playtesting consultant and writer for the Wizards of the Coast, the leading publisher of role-playing games and related novels. He now lives in East Greenbush, NY, working as a technical proposal writer for a high-tech R&D firm, and spending his non-writer time with his wife and sons. His solo novels for Baen include Grand Central Arena, Spheres of Influence, Paradigms Lost, and epic fantasies Phoenix Rising and Phoenix in Shadow.

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HASH(0x983ad1ec) étoiles sur 5 Swiss Family Robinson, but with Daughters and Bug-Eyed Monster (BEM) 26 janvier 2015
Par Becky B. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Swiss Family Robinson, but with Daughters and Bug-Eyed Monster (BEM) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Castaway Planet, by Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor, is an adventurous story focussing on family values, self-reliance, the uses of a natural world, and the heroism of four girls and an alien. There are two main characters - Sakura Kimei, a small and skinny 14 year old girl and student pilot and her Best Friend Forever, “Whips”, an engineering student more formally named “Harratrer,” a Bemmie ( Bemmius novus sapiens - a genetically engineered amphibious being derived from an intelligent aquatic species found on Europa, a moon of Jupiter.) Sakura and Whips are accompanied by the rest of Sakura's family - Laura, mother and physician; Akira, father and biologist; Hitomi, a very focused 7 year old video game lover; Melody, a very put-upon ten-year-old; and Caroline, a well-organized and precise young woman of 17 and an aspiring geologist. They are heading, along with over a thousand other would-be colonists, to a planet in the Tantalus system when the Kimei family and Whips are cast away from the mother ship in a disastrous event.

The steps they take to survive on the planet on which they are marooned, the flora, fauna and physical aspects of the planet and how they are used, the cooperation exhibited by the family members and especially the heroism of the daughters and the Bemmie are featured. The science behind it all is also a critical part of the story telling, as each of the characters lectures the others, explaining the physical, chemical, medical, biological or geological aspects of the phenomena they encounter.

The story isn't all hard science, however. There are encounters with terrifying animals and the unusual make-up of the planet, itself, exudes the possibility of disaster. The characters are deftly envisioned, with each acting appropriately to their age and role and developing the reader's respect. This is a well-imagined and dangerous world, populated by likable characters that the reader grows to care about.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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HASH(0x983b27a4) étoiles sur 5 Have you ever thought about what _really_ roughing it would be like? Has it ever occurred to you that being ... 19 février 2015
Par Jimbo's Awesome SF/F Reviews - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Have you ever wanted to just chuck it all and get away from EVERYONE? Have you ever thought about what _really_ roughing it would be like? Has it ever occurred to you that being off the beaten path would be a good thing? Would you enjoy a chance to take on the whole world and everything in it with just a few of your nearest and dearest? If so, then Castaway Planet by Ryk Spoor and Erik Flint is for you.

At the beginning of the story we're treated to the rather idyllic scene of our main character Sakura Kimei and her friend Harratrer aka Whips (a genetically-engineered alien Bemmius Novus Sapiens) playing stalking games in the corridors of a colony ship. There is an lifeboat drill called. Soon after there is an accident aboard ship and that's when the action starts.

The family in the pod finds itself adrift in interstellar space. I'm not an expert here, but their method for identifying the closest star seems both well-researched and actually possible. Fortunately, is a pilot-trainee, being still a teenager, but has learned her lessons well and manages to get them onto the planet safely. Things seem to be pretty simple at first. That is, until disaster strikes and "easy" literally sinks out of sight.

It's hard to be specific from here without spoilers, but suffice it to say that the list of challenges faced by our heroes is both long and, in many cases, unpredictable. The cast is forced in some cases to handle the predictable questions as well, things like, "Is the water potable?" and "What are we going to eat once the rations run out?" but all in all, those are subjects he could not have believably avoided. Ask any survival expert and they will tell you that the first priority in a survival situation is water. The next is food.

The equipment that the would-be colonists turns castaways bring with them is equal to the task, as are the people wielding it. It's not always obvious that either will be but this a story in the finest traditions of The Swiss Family Robinson or Robinson Crusoe. Our heroes always find a way to get through whatever fate throws at them. Whether it's building a shelter or defending themselves from the native wildlife, they manage to get through somehow.

One thing I found especially pleasing about this work is that, while it is in fact related part of the Boundary series, it is easily understandable with no prior knowledge of the previous books. This book works perfectly well as a stand-alone and was even more fun as a follow on to those of us who had read what came before. There are a few references early in the story, but none are critical to understanding what is going on and all feel like they were put there for the enjoyment of existing fans.

My only problem with this book is how incredibly tightly it's plotted. The twin facts that everyone in the family happens to be in their lifeboat both before and during the accident is both extremely fortunate and just a little too coincidental for my liking. The fact that the people in the lifeboat, mom Laura (doctor), dad Akira (biologist), sister Melody (no real occupation at age ten, but an organizational wiz), baby sister Hitomi and of course Whips (engineer) and Sakura (pilot) all happen to be in the same capsule together just when things go wrong seems a bit contrived. Granted, all of these coincidences are necessary to the plot and I really can't think of anything he could have done differently, but at the end of the day, they seemed to stretch things a bit further than I was really comfortable with.

That much being said, I really did enjoy the book and highly recommend it. Castaway Planet is the perfect excuse to stay inside a nice warm house this winter. Also, if keeping warm is what you've got in mind, it helps to read about a family stranded in the tropics, even if it does make one a bit jealous. I'm giving this one 4.5 out of 5 colony ships.
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HASH(0x983add50) étoiles sur 5 Decent juvenile/young adult/light reading. Interesting ideas, no plot beyond 'crash on alien planet and how to survive.' 9 mars 2015
Par Olin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Decent juvenile/young adult science fiction; ie., no cussing, sex, battles, existential dilemnas. An idealized family gets stranded on a strange planet in the first few pages, then you're told how they survive and adapt for rest of the book. Interesting ideas for the alien planet, but the limitation of the plot starts get repetitious by halfway. Do not expect any resolution to their situation. I was also annoyed when on the last page the authors throw a out a surprise hook - it's obviously meant to be a series. A second annoyance, partially my fault, was that the blurbs imply this is a book is part of the "Boundary Series." It's not. It's in the "Boundary Universe" since much time has passed since the Boundary trilogy and it's a completely different character. I might have still bought it, but if I'd read the information closer I would have realized it wasn't a continuation of the story in the first three books.
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HASH(0x983b4990) étoiles sur 5 I really enjoyed this book 25 janvier 2015
Par Blue - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book! I like everything Eric Flint writes, this was no exception. I'm looking forward to seeing the characters and the planet they are stranded on develop more depth with the next book.
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HASH(0x983b2738) étoiles sur 5 Seriously ? calling this another in the Boundary series? 24 mai 2015
Par Dan Y. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
First off I absolutely love the original Boundary book it's one of my top go to books for a nice re-read when the mood strikes , the second and third while not on par with the first still didn't disappoint. This one however is a joke. Think Lost in Space meets Swiss family Robinson centering around under 14 kids with a friendly but very predictable alien sidekick. You get rather tired quickly of parents constantly correcting and going over the same issues with the usual perfect and brilliant children, you keep waiting for a plot to gel up into something that would make this worth reading which never happens. I'm doubting Eric Flint had much to do with this tragedy except having his name tagged on to move this thing off the bargain bin where it belongs . I strongly suggest if your interested wait a while as the the price is going to drop fast
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