Destiny's Road

Almost 250 years ago the Starcruiser Argos reached the planet Destiny with a payload of interstellar pioneers In the first tumultuous years on Destiny, two events changed forever the lives and futures of these colonists the desertion of the Argos, an event that severed all hope of ever contacting Earth, and the disappearance of its fusion powered landing craft, the CavorAlmost 250 years ago the Starcruiser Argos reached the planet Destiny with a payload of interstellar pioneers In the first tumultuous years on Destiny, two events changed forever the lives and futures of these colonists the desertion of the Argos, an event that severed all hope of ever contacting Earth, and the disappearance of its fusion powered landing craft, the Cavorite For the settlers of Spiral Town, the largest known remaining colony, Cavorite is a name that conjures awe and wonder still, for its final voyage left behind a dominant and lasting mark on the planet s surface and a key to their survival the Road Wide and smooth, it was seared into a flow of molten lava by the fusion drive of the Cavorite as the landing craft hovered a meter above the planet s rocky surface Some say the Road crosses the whole planet Others are sure the Cavorite exploded or the crew was killed by undiscovered Destiny creatures No settler who has gone down the Road has ever returned For Jemmy Bloocher, a young farm boy, the questions burn too hot, he yearns to leave the mind numbing work in his father s fields and follow the Road The course of Jemmy s life is decided for him when he accidentally kills a caravan worker in a tavern fight Leaving Spiral Town, he flees certain retribution, and his flight becomes a quest to discover what happened to the Cavorite and its crew and uncover the many mysteries on Destiny s Road.
Destiny s Road Almost years ago the Starcruiser Argos reached the planet Destiny with a payload of interstellar pioneers In the first tumultuous years on Destiny two events changed forever the lives and futures

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  1. This book gets a fair number of low reviews from people saying that it isn't as good as his earlier works. Readers have difficulty following the main character who seems somewhat shallow and a bit emotionally void. He is confused for most of the book and this translates into no small amount of confusion for the reader. The book doesn't seem to go anywhere and it's difficult to tell where the denouement is and when anything has progressed.This is not a novel, there is little to no progress in the [...]

  2. Not Niven's best, but there's enough here to satisfy: This is an odd book. It's as if Larry Niven had deliberately set out to do something different from what he has done before. In this he succeeds, but also leaves his strengths behind.Destiny is an attractive world, with a potentially fatal drawback for its human settlers - the local biology, while not especially antagonistic to human life, won't sustain it either. Humans need to eat something called "speckles" in order to survive. Niven makes [...]

  3. I haven't read a Larry Niven book in over 20 years. I decided to read this one because it was about a new world / universe. I enjoyed the main character and his desire to "see the world" and I also enjoyed the geo-political intrigue that was unveiled about the caravan, the speckles and such. It reminded me a little of the Dune situation with spices.I enjoyed the book and I appreciated the plot twists that led to a very satisfactory conclusion in my view.Anyhow, this is a book that anyone who i [...]

  4. Reread/listen. I'm on a Niven kick these days. Audio version.An archeological mystery of sorts; along the lines of Jack McDevitt's work (whose Eternity Road from about the same time period bears a strong resemblance to this story). Unlike McDevitt, the SF archeological mystery niche story does not seem to be Niven's forte. The plot is established on good foundations. A young man living on a long abandoned Earth colony must find out her secrets. A tragic accident leads to a 30 year journey to fin [...]

  5. On a distant colony planet, a boy grows up wondering why the original colony ship departed many generations ago, at the same time scorching a road into the distance with its fusion drive. No knows where the road leads. The planet has a shortage of potassium and an upper class distributes what turns out to be potassium in exchange for their ruling status.The ideas underlying the story are very clever. Unfortunately the story itself is confusing and hopelessly. I could barely finish the book. Give [...]

  6. Strange planet - checkMystery path or road - checkUnknown history of settlement or town - checkCrime or altercation resulting in sudden banishment from home - checkDestiny's Road has all your classic elements for a quest slash adventure romp. Set on the alien planet of Destiny the book follows a young man who flees from his home with more questions than answers.The tale of adventure across the planetscape and slow uncovering of secrets and distortions was well paced and I certainly enjoyed the u [...]

  7. My first impression was to give this one 3 stars but after thinking about the underlying theme, it deserves at least 4 stars. The idea behind “speckles” was unique and subtle. There is a Rite of Passage feel to the book along with a sci-fi Johnny Appleseed. Then there is the “Hydraulic Empire”…I appreciate a book that teaches something new or stretches the mind. Built around the concept of a hydraulic empire, an ancient idea, this book takes a long while getting to the point. It meande [...]

  8. Larry Niven.I have read a few books where Larry Niven was the co-writer and I enjoyed them but at times felt like the characters conversation and actions didn't quite make sense.I can see now that it was the Niven side of the equation that caused this to happen.The story had a great premise but the writing of it lacked.The main character moved from location to location doing some activities that sometimes made sense, at other times made sense in hind site and at other times made no sense at all. [...]

  9. In 2493 the planet Destiny is colonized from Earth. By 2711 the colony has expanded. Spiral Town is a large settlement built around Columbiad, one of the two settling spacecraft. From Spiral Town the second craft, Cavorite, set out to explore the new world. Using its thrusters, Cavorite created the Road.The only people who knew the mysteries of the Road are the merchants who travel to Spiral Town in spring, summer, and autumn. A key product that they bring, which all the colonists must have, is [...]

  10. I first read this book in late 1998, not long after it came out, in one extended sitting in a very cold apartment as my fiancee and her friends went out to get their wedding party dresses fitted. I had very favorable memories of the book in part because I associated it to that time in my life. I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I pulled it off the shelf for a reread. It's it's fine. The book is functionally a prologue and then three or four acts based on where you cut the protagonist's jour [...]

  11. 3.5*Hardcore science fiction, where Niven introduces us to an unexpected problem facing a human colony in another solar system: the planet is habitable, but all the potassium isn't accessible. Which has led to a strange segregation and social hierarchy where towns have to rely on merchant caravans, who provide the only nutritional source of potassium, going up and down a road carved by one of the two landing ships, which is considered lost (whereas the mothership considered the colony a lost cau [...]

  12. The next day after I finished "Beowulf's Children" I found out that Larry Niven published another book set in the same universe. It is certainly listed as such on some sites (not on this one), and having enjoyed the previous two, I thought I'd give this one a chance as well.But what the hell is going on? Other than a vague mention somewhere after 100 pages I found nothing in here similar to the above mentioned series. No action, no scary aliens. Not only that, but this book is a horrible attempt [...]

  13. Niven proves that more is not always better with this winding tale about a young man who grows up to be a middle aged man while making his way down his planet’s main road and trying to figure out the world’s big secret. He comes across all these interesting communities along the way, and some of the scenes are great, but I found myself wishing some would hurry up and others were cut entirely. Most disappointing, the big reveal at the end (which I won’t give away) is disappointing.

  14. A ‘modern’ play on Voltaire’s “Candide”? A series of misadventures where the protagonist always ends up getting laid. Though definitely not as messed up, and not graphic in the least, it wasn’t what I expected from a 1997 book labeled as ‘Hard Sci-Fi”Definitely enjoyable. Feeds into the post-apocalyptic genre that I love: Discovery of a past advanced society. There’s a mystery embedded in the tale that keeps you reading, and a sequel would have been more than welcome

  15. This science fiction story is an excellent allegory focused on societal control through sequestration of a valued and needed commodity. It is also about journeys the challenge of a journey to colonize a planet, the necessary quest to maintain genetic and cultural diversity for the overall health of society, the journey to grow from a boy to a man highly recommended.

  16. This is one of my favorite books, I read it many years ago and still whole sections still manage to fuel the grist mill of my mind! I still think about the story line and the characters, 20 yrs later. Is it the Magnum Opus of our generation? No, however it’s a solid story with memorable characters from a master of Science Fiction. What more do you want?! :-)

  17. It's a Larry Niven book. It has roughly the same quality and lack of wasted time as any of his other works I've read, and I love it just about as much as any of the other stories I've read by him.

  18. mi ha deluso, prima di tutto perché mancava proprio l'idea, poi perché tira per le lunghe alcune situazioni, poi perché se voleva fare una specie di SF-erotico non c'è riuscito.Il protagonista cambia nome non so tipo 5/6 volte e questo confonde il lettore, non c'è ritmo. Verso metà si riprende un pochino, ma si capisce che questo libro non è stato ispirato.La parte finale poi lascia a desiderare, salvo solo la parte dell'inseguimento e della lotta, quella molto carina. Per il resto pollic [...]

  19. This novel is a departure for Niven, both in style and exposition. It's also closely played; no easy, quick answers are offered for evaluation, nor is there much in the way of backstory except towards the very end.It's a sociological treatise in many ways. I suspect Niven fancies himself a historian in the mold of Russell or Wells; equally equipped to tell the story and give it a spin in the direction of social commentary. His reputation in that respect is well-deserved.The "spin" is relatively [...]

  20. In his first solo novel since concluding his epic Known Space series, Larry Niven takes us to planet Destiny, a long-forgotten human colony light-years from Earth. Thanks to a hostile environment and more than 300 years of isolation, the Destiny colony has devolved into a feudal society of alienated townships. The ancient technological artifacts left behind by the original colonists remind Destiny's inhabitants how far they have fallen, giving the story a strange post-apocalyptic flavor.The plot [...]

  21. This is the tale of a young man coming of age. An incident in his town sets him off down the only road on the planet, burned into the crust by the fusion drive of a spaceship. Because our hero comes from a backwoods/ suppressed community, most of the tale consists of encountering the weird alien life and learning about the global society. For some reason, every human he encounters either wants to kill him (fear of strangers, resource protection?) or sleep with him ("genome diversification"?) But [...]

  22. Confusingly written and unsatisfying. I've read Niven's Integral Trees and loved it. Niven writes very "hard" science fiction, meaning not only does the story generally adhere to science as we understand it, but the setting depends on scientific elements. That is the case here; Destiny, the Earth-settled planet the story is set on, is unique in interesting and plot-determining ways. Niven slowly allows us to discover these ways, and much of the history of the place, in the adventures of Jemmy Bl [...]

  23. A later Niven book. From the introduction I was warned. He himself claimed that the book was four years overdue to be presented to his publisher. This, I felt, as being a book that was initially inspired but eventually became troublesome and maybe even a chore to finish.This feeling kept reoccurring over and over as I read on. Great premise, competently written with good world building (Niven's genius) but as the story went on, it ran out of steam. The road revealed itself to be either a road to [...]

  24. Very light style for SF, half of it at least.It just takes you along for the ride, presenting a world by following a person. Does make you wonder what kind of societies humankind would develop if people would be left to band together in places with very little or no contact to each other and having no proof of their past other than memories fading as generations passAnother thing I liked was that the author treated sex just like any other activity. Didn't focus on it, but didn't run through it w [...]

  25. I couldn't really finish, premise was skewed and seemed forced. Please let me know if the characters actually develop or the story becomes that much more interesting (I did just finish Ringworld Engineers.)

  26. This was an interesting world to delve into. The main character is from a colony on a new world, and as far as he knows it is the only colony. His life seems on track until a surprise event forces him to leave his town and he starts to find out more about his world. He is smart, and curious, and this drives his adventure. It is an interesting book to read because the main character - the voice of the story - is so ignorant of his surroundings that the reader is often left in the dark since the c [...]

  27. Just finished re-reading this book. I find that the second time reading always fills in and provides a richer experience. This book is a great example of how, in the future, a colonization attempt is hit with a number of unexpected circumstances (cryogenic process failures, absence of potassium), that forces the colonist to make hard choicesChoices that made sense at the onset, but as centuries passed, served only a select setAs with the Ringworld series, this book has a bit of sexual liberalism [...]

  28. This book gets a lot of flak. Readers find the narrative structure confusing, the main character distant and unrelatable, and the find the substance within the pages lacking.This book just isn't what they expected it to be. The so called confusing narrative is intrinsically tied to the ecology and interactions with humanity as it attempts to settle Destiny.The main characters distance is also tied to this interaction. Not to mention the taboos and social ideas of his home, Spiral Town.The story [...]

  29. This book gets points because it explores a fascinating idea. Hundreds of years ago, humans colonized an alien world. They were deserted by their starship and left with only the orbital landers and no way to remain in contact with Earth. The group split with one half going off to explore more of the world and in the process coming into possession of the sole source for a necessary resource. What kind of society evolves? How do the haves treat the have nots? How much do they tell them.In executio [...]

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