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Serpent's Reach by C. J. Cherryh
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The eponymous Serpent’s Reach is an area of space in the Hydra region that has been interdicted to humanity because of the local alien race, the insectoid Majat. They are a hive-mind, with a social structure resembling ants or bees. In terms of memory, they are immortal although individuals can die. Four hives exist - red, green, gold and blue; effectively each is one individual with memories stretching back over at least a million years.

There is a human colony living there with permission of the Majat. They comprise the (possibly) immortal Kontrin who interact with the Majat, the short-lived azi who are clones, and betas who are human-normal and are descended from ova. Trade with the rest of the galaxy happens at a single planet.

The story starts when a Kontrin family linked to blue-hive is all but exterminated by rivals. The only survivor is a teenager. The story is of her revenge on the killers of her family and the wider political interactions. Complicating this is red-hive’s new understanding of death and it’s meaning to humans.

  Maddz | Dec 30, 2017 |
This is the story of a young woman born into a family whos high status is due to its connecton with a 'hive" of insectoid aliens. Her family is destroyed and she ppeals to the alliance to gain revenge. ( )
  antiquary | Jun 27, 2017 |
Good sci fi. avoids the standard (for the era) sex interest.
Ant-type people.
Noted during my 1980's attempt to read every book in my small town library. ( )
  juniperSun | Dec 4, 2014 |
I love CJ Cherryh, and have never read anything of hers that I didn't like. This book is no exception. While I found myself confused at times over what exactly was happening (especially as the war began - although this could be partially beause I'm dreadful at imagining any type of battle scene), I found the premise of the book, and the Majat, utterly fascinating. I also love anything Cherryh writes with the azi in it - they make you wonder what exactly it means to be human in the first place. This book is a well written, early work of Cherryh. Perhaps not as good as the Faded Sun trilogy, but definitely worth reading. ( )
  sammii507 | Aug 19, 2014 |
Well-written story - good plot - believable characters and universe - modern scifi fan may find sparseness of the novel not providing as much background and story development as used to with the typically larger novels published now. ( )
  nimrodxi | Mar 8, 2014 |
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Within the Constellation of the Serpent, out of bounds to all spacefarers, humans live among the insect-like aliens--and one of them, a woman named Paen, is bent on a revenge that will tear apart the truce between human and alien. "Brisk pacing . . . and genuinely brilliant world-building."--ALA Booklist. Reissue.

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