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REVIEWS: The Stark Divide

More reviews keep coming in – today, two more five star reviews. 🙂

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Kimi at the Kimi Chan Experience is hooked:


“It’s got me hooked, waiting with bated breath to see what happens next.”

If you are a fan of epic sci fi, this is the book for you. Coatsworth writes an engaging tale that spans generations, as we follow them from the first scrabble to leave the dying Earth onwards. The rich prose grabbed me from the very start, drawing me into a future world that seemed familiar and possible. I found myself swept along with the ideals of the would-be colonists, and suffered the disillusion as old prejudices reared their heads, infecting the new society they had created. It’s got me hooked, waiting with bated breath to see what happens next. It’s a journey that has only just begun and I for one am along for the ride.

Bob at Beauty in Ruins is glad he picked it up:


Although I don’t read science fiction anymore, I am still easily hooked by a cool concept and an interesting author. Even still, I nearly gave The Stark Divide a pass, but I’m glad I let my curiosity get the better of me, because J. Scott Coatsworth weaves a fantastic story.

“I’m glad I let my curiosity get the better of me, because J. Scott Coatsworthweaves a fantastic story.”

Like so many of the golden age science fiction authors, Coatsworth tells his story in pieces, separating the book into 3 interconnected stories, each of which moves the overall narrative ahead by decades. It makes for an interesting read, with the character in each segment getting just enough page-time to develop and make themselves memorable, while injecting new life into the story along the way. Where it differs from those golden age authors, though, is in its resigned pessimism regarding humanity. This is not a story of an enlightened people taking the best of themselves to a new Utopia, it is a story of humanity transplanting its struggles to somewhere new, without seeming to have learned anything in the process. Don’t get me wrong, there is hope to be found within it, but as a race we’re going to have to earn it.

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