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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,965 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alastair Reynolds, John Lee Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they’re good at it.

The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn’s ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

As layers of camouflage fall away, it becomes clear that Janus was never a moon in the first place. It’s some kind of machine—and it is now headed toward a fuzzily glimpsed artifact 260 light-years away. The Rockhopper is the only ship anywhere near Janus, and Bella Lind is ordered to shadow it for the few vital days before it falls forever out of reach.

In accepting this mission, she sets her ship and her crew on a collision course with destiny—for Janus has more surprises in store, and not all of them are welcome.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dev Null | 2/16/2014

    " Gritty realistic-style near-future sf stretches out to become far-reaching high-concept space opera. I liked it. The core of the story is the back-and-forth friendship / competition between two women, but its set in a wonderfully detailed world that feels real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Borne | 1/20/2014

    " Nice solid hard sci-fi with interesting character development. Some of the interpersonal stuff seems overly-contrived, but is easily read around. Medium paced as is pretty typical for Mr. Reynolds. He's left himself the possibility of sequels without the absolute necessity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Inlinefourpower | 1/20/2014

    " When I read Pushing Ice I really liked it! It was a triumphant return to reading for me. I bought a copy on a whim and thought it was fine. I really liked the hard scifi nature of the whole thing and utterly bizarre aliens. In hindsight, maybe not the most entertaining read. Alastair Reynolds is a fine author, but my novice impression is that his pacing is off in the two books I've read (Century Rain and this one). They both spend the first 3/4 of the book meandering around the main point, then the last quarter feels almost rushed. For a hard scifi fan, unmissable, maybe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom Rowe | 1/19/2014

    " Good book. Not what I expected. Some parts dragged.3.5 stars. "

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