Melati escaped New Jakarta space station when it fell into Allion's hands. Her family was left behind the enemy lines. She signed up for active duty with the International Space Force in the hope they would liberate the station. Instead, they chose to maintain a crippling siege that has lasted for ten months.A small ship escapes from the station with on board a single maleMelati escaped New Jakarta space station when it fell into Allion's hands. Her family was left behind the enemy lines. She signed up for active duty with the International Space Force in the hope they would liberate the station. Instead, they chose to maintain a crippling siege that has lasted for ten months.A small ship escapes from the station with on board a single male occupant whose mind appears to have been wiped. With her skills in artificial mindbases, Melati is part of the team that tries to get information out of him.He could be a human Trojan horse sent by Allion and his calls for help nothing more than a trap to get ISF to send people to the station. Or he could be a genuine escapee from the station where the recycling processes have collapsed and ten thousand civilians have mere weeks until they die of asphyxiation. Either way, the time for watching and waiting is over. War is about to begin. ...
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Shifting Infinity Reviews
I've honestly never read anything quite like this, and the book that precedes it, Shifting Reality. It's an intriguing blend of futuristic space stations and Eastern culture, with very political undertones, yet it's the bravery of individuals that stands out rather than the big political debate or the undercurrents of cultural segregation. The concepts of 'aggregates' and 'constructs' are imaginative and very well used in moving the plot along. This book introduces a rather unexpected love story, as if to parallel a protagonist who has virtually zero interest in meeting a partner or doing what her barang-barang culture suggests she should. There's a lot of sympathy to be had for Melati - a character whose intelligence and empathy often outdoes the brute force and more military mentality. It reaches a satisfactory ending, and like its predecessor is a quick read that has depth as well as just plot. I'd recommend this to just about any sci-fi reader, although I'm willing to say here that I enjoyed this authors Ambassador books more than this series, and I think it's because in this one the action is a little slower and less gritty. Although if I'm going to compare, then Shifting Infinity and Reality are just as culturally thought provoking.
New Jarkata has been abandoned by the ISF and so has her family. The unlikely heroine, Melati, once again has to save the day. As in the first book, unraveling racism and ethnic superiority play as important issues once again. Who is bad and who is good is more gray than black and white. I really like how Patty Jansen puts this social aspect into a sci-fi writing about space stations. The story, with the futuristic understanding of mind-base under its belt, is developed well and keeps the reader going. The only drawback to this book that I saw was that it took more than half the book to finally have Melati's team on a mission. Overall, though, it was a good read, a unique book, and I do recommend it.
Shifting Infinity is the second novel set in Patty Jansen’s ISF – Allion Universe and continues the story and characters presented in Shifting Reality. I thoroughly enjoyed Shifting Infinity for the same reasons I enjoyed its predecessor and the various novellas before that which have slowly built the wider universe.So what do I like? The story chiefly. I read it in two sittings and if I’d had another book in the series to read, I’d have read it as well. Stylistically, I think the prose is fairly transparent, it does a very good job of letting the move along and makes it approachable.I find it can be hard to categorise the content. Jansen includes aspects of Military SF, Space Adventure and Competence SF. She underpins the whole world with solid Hard SF world building and manages to introduce a diverse set of characters (diverse genders, religions, races). All of these combine to give the work broad appeal.There’s also a wider universe with epic potential. There are teasing snippets/clues laced through all the works that Jansen has written in this series that hint at larger forces at play but Jansen brings the focus down to one character Melati, a scientist/ teacher of Indonesian background. The character has grown in confidence and ability from the first book and I am really enjoying Melati’s development. At one point I felt that Melati’s training in weapons might have been a little to quick to achieve the competency she later displays but then again I am forced to confront my own lack of experience and knowledge of firearms training and question my assumptions.So what’s happened since Shifting Reality?After Allion ( the forces that oppose ISF) captured the New Jakarta space station, Melati made it to the safety of the ISF warship Felicity but had to leave her family behind. She joined the ISF force division in the hopes that they would liberate the station. Instead the Felicity has laid siege to New Jakarta for 10 months. Melati is increasingly frustrated with the slow movement of the ISF which seems to be content to play a conservative approach, and not care about the thousands of civilians trapped under deteriorating conditionsA rare escape from New Jakarta, a merchant who appears to have been tortured, is caught by ISF patrols. Melati with her specialisation in constructing Mindbases (AI intelligences for vat grown clones) is called in to help, although the ISF seems keen to execute him as quick as possible as a spy.The reality is much more interesting though.Shifting Infinity is a page turner and should have something for everyone. A believable, if at times annoyingly self-doubting protagonist(don’t get me wrong I really like the character and my annoyance is a good indication that I am invested) who is not your usual hero.Please write more Patty Jansen.
Excellent!This book is really lovely as was the previous one. It is refreshing to read science fiction that thinks about diversity and brown people, and there was lots of action as well as interesting science themes. My only complaint and the reason for 4 stars is that the romantic subplot felt tacked on and not especially organic to the characters.
This is a sci fi with a "small brown" female protagonist, who is Muslim, brave, smart, independent. And saves the day. And no cheesy romances, as if a girl isn't complete without a man!This series makes up for every bland white male protagonist in the history of sci fi. The stories take twists I couldn't guess, the characters are whole people, complicated and problematic. The culture of anonymous hyper tech hackers, the commercial Alliance enemy, the community of Barang Barang miners on a space station light years from their home in Indonesia...It's original enough to stand above the usual fare, and well written enough to make my heart skip a beat every other page!
Wow!Epic space opera. Well developed characters and diverse cultures. A unique in-depth universe with a believable ties from current technology and ideological state to a projected fugue universe. Well worth your time.
Brilliant complex seriesVery well imagine space station life, mixed with Indonesian tales and transplanted social mores. Excellent characters, especially the heroine. Had me riveted through both books. Can't wait for number three.
It was overall a good story. A lot of it was hard to visualize. I also didn't care for the term "aggregate," why? A cyborg is a cyborg.
Highly recommended for young readers and adults alike. The Characters are likeable and the science is within reach and good teaching as well.NLMcCormick