Hull Zero Three

Hull Zero Three

Book - 2010
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A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Its destination-unknown. Its purpose-a mystery.

Now, one man wakes up. Ripped from a dream of a new home-a new planet and the woman he was meant to love in his arms-he finds himself wet, naked, and freezing to death. The dark halls are full of monsters but trusting other survivors he meets might be the greater danger.

All he has are questions-- Who is he? Where are they going? What happened to the dream of a new life? What happened to Hull 03?

All will be answered, if he can survive the ship.

HULL ZERO THREE is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride through the darkest reaches of space.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316072816
Branch Call Number: SF BEA
Characteristics: 307 p. ;,22 cm

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ggyetko
Sep 16, 2016

If you liked all the thrashing around and trying to figure out a mysterious maze in Maze Runner, but you'd like a book written by someone who can complete sentences and has a point in mind before he starts, this is a good book.
I won't pretend this the first time in my life I wished a book came with a few diagrams, but some of Bear's descriptions of the dozens and dozens of rooms inside the various Hulls could really have used illustration. More problematically, he introduced far too many rooms without ever explaining what purpose they served (either technically, to the ship, or narrative-wise, to the story) so I couldn't be sure which ones I should be paying attention to.
That said, the book does close off nicely with a sensible ending which ties up the purposes of many of the things the protagonist experiences along the way. There's just a bit too much noise along the way, which is why I gave it four stars instead of five.

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JackPurcell
May 30, 2015

Bears some likeness to a 1940ish Heinlein novel I can't recall by name at the moment [though it's in the Olathe / Johnson Co. Library system]. Also some similarities to Starship, by [I think] Brian Aldiss, which is available by ILL or on Amazon. Both of those masters did a better job at it than Greg Bear, though this is readable enough.

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Patron3563
Mar 18, 2015

Bear does what he does best in this book, hard science fiction. Talks about the possible realities of life on a generational star ship without burying the reader in a tech. manual.

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qnelvis
Oct 26, 2013

I haven't really been excited by Bear's work since about the turn of the millennium. Something has just seemed a little "missing" compared to his earlier books. Hull Zero Three, to me, seemed a lot like his earlier books. Maybe not some of the best, but at least comparable to Heads or Moving Mars. Its decent "meaty" hard science-fiction, giving consideration as to what would, most likely, be involved with interplanetary, and multi-generational, travel.
For myself, Bear's best quality is his ability to show the horror and wonder of science all at the same time. He comes through with that dichotomy again in this book.

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HaraldBB
Sep 08, 2012

Not a bad read, perhaps a tad dark, but intelligent plot.

mmhallock Aug 12, 2012

A good book worth reading, but not one of Greg Bear's best works.

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Dave_Q
Jul 12, 2011

Excellent book, one of the better ones..

gwsuperfan Dec 16, 2010

An interesting concept, but the execution was not what I expected for Greg Bear. Hull Zero Three is not up to the level of some of his other books like Darwin's Radio, Dead Lines or Blood Music.

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rgally
Dec 15, 2010

Not exactly edge of the seat thriller but interesting. When failure of imagination meets lack of conscience what results...

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