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Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins takes a job on an interstellar starship, working for a corporation that is colonizing two planets and killing off native life forms, sparking outrage from people on Earth who fill her work day with bomb threats and sabotage.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2014.
Edition: Ace mass-market edition.
ISBN: 9780425260869
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 18 cm.


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Sep 20, 2015

Starhawk is a prequel to McDevitt’s Engines of God series that was effectively completed with Cauldron. This entry features series heroine Priscilla Hutchins (Hutch) as a graduating pilot who has been trained by mentor Jake Loomis. Loomis is featured also and the novel bounces between their two interwoven stories. McDevitt provides insight into Hutch’s development while providing a message on environmental degradation, incorporating environmental terrorism. There’s plenty of space travel and visits to planets and moons at which McDevitt excels. My only complaint is that McDevitt’s portrayal of 200 years in the future appears to be a 1950s US view with more technology. The major of the characters appear to have last names of British or at least European origin. No allowance for changing demographics has been made. The USA is now the North American Union which is the US and Canada. However, it has the US political system of today with apparently 2 Canadian states. Why? Minor quibbles. It was nice to have Hutch back but the rest of the series is superb and if I had to read only one of the series, Starhawk would be the last choice.

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