Thanks to Books, Bones, & Buffy‘s inspiration (an excellent blook blog, by the way!), I’m going to try taking part in Waiting On Wednesday a little more regularly!
This week’s Waiting On Wednesday book is Semiosis, by Sue Burke (click through for the Goodreads page!).
In this character driven novel of first contact by debut author Sue Burke, human survival hinges on an bizarre alliance.
Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet’s sentient species and prove that mammals are more than tools.
Forced to land on a planet they aren’t prepared for, human colonists rely on their limited resources to survive. The planet provides a lush but inexplicable landscape–trees offer edible, addictive fruit one day and poison the next, while the ruins of an alien race are found entwined in the roots of a strange plant. Conflicts between generations arise as they struggle to understand one another and grapple with an unknowable alien intellect.
This is hitting so many of my favorite buttons — space exploration! Aliens! Issues with colonization! Creepy new worlds! And that cover looks amazing. I’ve had some great luck with stories that deal with new worlds being settled by humans (Children of Time, Planetfall) and some not-so-great luck (Noumenon), but this looks excellent.